Ocean & Coastal Policy Program Focal Areas

Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum

The Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum supports the federal fisheries management process by creating professional networks, building capacity, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information across disciplines and management regions.

Coastal Blue Carbon

Coastal habitats are under increasing threat of destruction. These habitats store large amounts of carbon in their vegetation and soil; when disturbed, this stored carbon—known as coastal blue carbon—can be released in the form of greenhouse gases. Research at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions examines the economic and scientific challenges that need to be addressed to determine whether payments for blue carbon may one day help conserve mangroves, seagrass meadows, and salt marshes.

Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership

The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership works to help society identify and sustainably manage the globe’s ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of people and society. The Partnership strives to provide an up-to-date, easily accessible data about human uses of marine ecosystem services across the globe for policymakers, environmental managers, researchers, and marine ecosystem stakeholders. 

Deep Sea Management

The Ocean and Coastal Program is working with collaborators on research that seeks to find a robust scientific foundation for deep-sea management. Current work includes collaboration on the fundamentals of deep-sea restoration and a comparative lifecycle analysis of deep-sea mining and terrestrial mining.