Science priorities

Our Science Plan highlights seven interrelated science priorities for our organization.

​​The knowledge we generate when tackling these priorities will support advice on the state of the seas and on meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals.

Ecosystem science 

Advance and shape understanding of the structure, function, and dynamics of marine ecosystems — to develop and vitalize marine science and underpin its applications.

​​Impacts of human activities 
Measure and project the effects of human activities on ecosystems and ecosystem services — to elucidate present and future states of natural and social systems.

​Observation and exploration
Monitor and explore the seas and oceans — to track changes in the environment and ecosystems and to identify resources for sustainable use and protection.

​Emerging techniques and technologies
Develop, evaluate, and harness new techniques and technologies — to advance knowledge of marine systems, inform management and increase the scope and efficiency of monitoring.  

​Seafood production
Generate evidence and advice for management of wildcapture fisheries and aquaculture — to help sustain safe and sufficient seafood supplies. 

Conservation and management science
Develop tools, knowledge, and evidence for conservation and management — to provide more and better options to help managers set and meet objectives.

​Sea and society
Evaluate contributions of the sea to livelihoods, cultural identities, and recreation — to inform ecosystem status assessments, policy development, and management.

Explore our Science Plan​​​ to read more about the objectives of our science priorities.

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