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The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced on 8 June – World Oceans Day – a set of measures it says are intended to be a part of creating the country’s first-ever ocean climate action plan.

The announcement by the Biden administration follows one on 31 May declaring the month of June “National Ocean Month” in the U.S., a new designation intended to “celebrate the beauty and bounty of our ocean and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and conserving our marine environments for a sustainable future.” The newest actions, the announcement said, are part of the first wave of a series of announcements that will take place throughout the month of June regarding the administration’s “ocean agenda.”