President Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force will hold an open meeting in San Francisco this afternoon to discuss its initial recommendations and solicit public comment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The task force is responsible for developing national policy recommendations that protect, maintain and restore U.S. coasts, oceans and the Great Lakes.

It will present a report today that lays out a plan for improved stewardship and coastal and marine spatial planning, according to the EPA.

Members the task force include Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Peter Silva, assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi will participate and will discuss the formation of his Clean Seas Coalition. He will testify about why the Obama administration should not drill for oil off the coast of California, according to his office.

Members of the public can access the meeting in person, by phone or by live web stream, according to the EPA.

The meeting take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center, or it can be seen live at To listen by phone, call (888) 769-8760 and enter participant code 67311. Public comment can be submitted online at

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