FG 94 (Commission on Marine, Science, Engineering and Resources) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Linear measurement of materials:  2 in.
  • Number of pages:  449
Organizational Note

The President's Commission on Marine Science, Engineering and Resources was established June 17, 1966, under the authority of Section 5 of the Marine Resources and Engineering Development Act of 1966, P.L. 89-454. It was an ad hoc Presidential advisory committee which terminated upon presentation of a final report in January, 1969.

The Commission studied and investigated all aspects of marine science, including oceanography, ocean engineering programs, national research programs, and known and contemplated future needs for natural marine resources, in order to recommend to the President and Congress a program of marine science activities.

The Commission made many recommendations covering such areas as marine science and technology, manpower development, coastal management, pollution control, mineral resources and environmental modification. Among specific recommendations were changes in research emphasis to encourage fewer but stronger research laboratories with adequate funds and staff; to achieve capability to explore depths to 20,000 feet by 1980; to utilize the Land and Water Conservation Fund more fully for coastal land acquisition and authorize federal guarantee of state bonds for acquiring wetlands; to identify areas which should be set aside for ecological investigations; and to continue research on fish stocks and yields and explore new techniques for raped stock assessment.

The Commission consisted of 15 members appointed by the President. The Commission also included 4 advisory members from the Senate and House of Representatives.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence and memorandums. Primary correspondents include President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, White House staff, Robert Ellsworth, William E. Timmons, Dr. Edward E. David, Jr., Peter M. Flanigan, Maurice H. Stans, and Arthur F. Burns. There is also correspondence with Walter J. Hickel, Department of the Interior. Dr. Martin Anderson along with Julis Adams Stratton and Dr. Edward Wenk, Jr. of the Commission on Marine Science, Engineering and Resources.

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