Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Focal Areas

Fisheries and Food Security

To sustainably feed 9.6 billion people, overfished stocks must be rebuilt and the production and environmental performance of aquaculture must be increased. The Ocean and Coastal Policy Program also housed the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum, a program that provided policy-neutral support to federal fisheries managers. The program operated from 2008-2018. Archived resources are available at fisheriesforum.org. As a science-to-policy advisory facility, it is working with the World Bank to assist decision makers in countries in the western and central Pacific Ocean to sustainably govern the use of tuna resources.

Blue Economy and Marine Ecosystem Services

To expand the ocean economy to create jobs and economic growth while achieving global targets set for ocean health, ocean policy must account for the value of the services dependent on marine ecosystems. The Ocean and Coastal Policy Program supports decision makers in exploring policies that better align ocean economic growth and health, identifying and securing financing for conservation of coastal habitats that sequester so-called blue carbon, and contributing to the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership.