First UN World Ocean Assessment available for review

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23 January 2015

The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review until 6 February 2015 at

As reported by the WOC in 2013, the inaugural U.N. WOA is the first of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects.

The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:

  • Marine environment and understanding the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system
  • Food security and food safety
  • Marine biological diversity
  • Human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean

It is important for the WOA to include input from the ocean business community, especially in relation to the assessment themes on human activities.

The first WOA report will include a technical summary showing interdisciplinary linkages between human impacts, ecosystem services, species, and habitats. The WOA report does not appraise marine policy and governance.

To participate in the review process, visit, register for an account (or log-in if you already have one), read the “Guidance for Contributors,” then choose the chapter(s) you are interested in and submit your review(s) according to the instructions. Chapters are approximately 15 pages long.

The WOA review is open to the international community. Members of the international community are welcomed and encouraged to review and submit comments on the WOA chapters using the U.S. process outlined above – especially if their governments are not running a domestic process.

Contact Kelly Kryc at with any questions.


Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2015: 9-11 November 2015, Singapore

The next World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit will take place in Singapore 9-11 November 2015. The specific venue will be announced soon. Mark your calendars for the only global, cross-sectoral ocean industry gathering on sustainable development, which is held only every 2 years.

About the World Ocean Council (WOC)

The WOC is the only international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Companies and associations worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean sustainability, stewardship and science by joining the WOC. Members to date include over 70 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries: oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other areas. For the current list of WOC Members, click here. The WOC News Release is received by over 34,000 ocean industry stakeholders around the world. The WOC is a registered organization in the US and in the UK/Europe.

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