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Below are PDFs of the most important regional and national reports on the ocean . To find a specific topic within the report, be sure to use the PDF search function.

Ocean Reports

Report front page links to Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century

Forum Report

September 3, 2014

Stations and Laboratories

Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Jerry Schubel chaired a study committee for the National Science Foundation. The committee assessed the value and role of field stations, marine laboratories, and nature reserves.

Report Cover links to Aquaculture Messaging: A Summary Report of a Workshop

Ocean Reports

January 3, 2014

Aquaculture Messaging

Responsibly produced aquaculture, farming for fish and other seafood, holds great promise as part of a solution to ever increasing pressures on our ocean resources. This report summarizes a workshop where participants from diverse disciplines discussed and debated key factual statements about aquaculture that institutions should consider when creating messaging on the topic for their publics.

Report Cover links to The Report of Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum

NOAA & Aquarium of the Pacific

September 25, 2013

Ocean Exploration 2020

NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific co-authored a report detailing priorities for ocean exploration in the United States. The report was drafted during the first-ever gathering of modern-day ocean explorers held at the Aquarium in July 2013 and organized by NOAA and Aquarium officials.

Report Cover links to Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

United States Global Change Research Program

June 8, 2012

Climate Change

Released in 2009, this report summarizes the science of climate change and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It is largely based on results of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and integrates those results with related research from around the world.

Report Cover links to An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

September 20, 2004

Ocean Blueprint

Released by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy on September 20, 2004, An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century contains the Commission’s findings and recommendations for a new, coordinated, and comprehensive national ocean policy.

Report Cover links to Protecting Our Ocean: California’s Action Strategy

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

September 4, 2004

Protecting Our Ocean

On June 4, 2004 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger submitted his comments on the Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which documented California’s leadership in ocean and coastal management and provided the Governor’s call for strong actions at all levels of government to protect and manage these resources. In his comments the Governor stated, “Your report is a wake-up call that the oceans are in trouble and in need of help. In response to this need, actions must take place at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, as these issues are just as important globally as they are to the citizen trying to protect the waters off a local beach.”

Both the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission have identified an emerging national crisis situation regarding this nation’s ocean and coastal resources.

Book cover links to PEW Oceans Commission Report

PEW Oceans Commission May 2003

May 8, 2003

PEW Report

Recommendations for a New Ocean Policy May 2003

The Pew Oceans Commission, a bipartisan, independent group of American leaders, was created to chart a new course for the nation’s ocean policy. The report of the Pew Oceans Commission, issued in May 2003, outlines a national agenda for protecting and restoring our oceans.

Report front page links to Priming the Pump

Marine Conservation Research Institute

November 13, 2008

Priming the Pump

On September 23, 2008, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Long Beach Water Department convened and facilitated a forum to explore how southern California could make-up for these losses in water supply from the Delta.

The situation is compounded by losses from the Colorado River which supplies an additional 15-17% of the region’s total water use and which has experienced a severe drought for the past eight years. The forum brought together water experts, policy-makers, water managers, and environmentalists. The forum consisted of formal presentations to provide context and to explore options for diversifying southern California’s water supply portfolio, and interactive workshop sessions to review, revise, and refine each of the options. The forum concluded with an opportunity for the entire group to respond to the findings and recommendations for each option and to modify them.

This brief report is a summary of the findings and recommendations. All have the support of most, if not all, of the participants.