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The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

About JOCI

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) brings together all sectors of the ocean community to catalyze action and monitor progress toward meaningful ocean policy reform. Our Ocean Action Agenda outlines a compelling set of recommendations to ensure the health and productivity of our oceans, coasts, & Great Lakes.

Recent Updates

JOCI Statement on the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

JOCI has long been a champion for bipartisan solutions to ocean issues, and there is no greater issue threatening the oceans and all who rely on it than the climate crisis. JOCI applauds the introduction of this legislation as a promising and long overdue opportunity for more focused conversations in the Congress to develop bipartisan solutions to ocean issues.

JOCI Letter on Climate Denial Appointees at NOAA

We are concerned that scientists’ freedom to communicate openly about the impacts of climate change and much more will be curtailed by the appointment of climate deniers to senior leadership. Read more in our letter.

Priorities for Federal Stimulus investments in Oceans

Investments in coastal infrastructure, fisheries, ocean science, blue economy development, and healthy ecosystems can all advance economic recovery and benefit the oceans. Read more in our letter to Congressional Leadership

The challenges we face in managing our oceans effectively also present opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and actions. Our oceans are held in public trust, and we must act together to secure the future of our oceans and health and wealth of our nation.
Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America's Oceans

Our Impact

Oceans and coasts are critical American resources: they balance global ecosystems, inspire countless interest groups, and support multiple economic sectors. They’re also governed by numerous federal, state, and local entities; with so many users and managers involved, ocean and coastal policies can often be conflictual and confusing. Learn how JOCI drives meaningful, comprehensive ocean policy reform and action.