Regional Marine Research and Information Plan for the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem


Sea Grant programs in Washington, Oregon and California have collaborated to assess the marine research and information needs for the West Coast of the United States. The primary goal of the process is to identify research and outreach that would help the region move toward an ecosystem-based approach to ocean and coastal management. Other objectives include encouraging broad-based stakeholder participation in the process and enhancing cooperative planning and priority setting by local, tribal and state governments, research institutions and non-governmental organizations. Supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this Sea Grant-led effort also involves collaborating with the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health.

Final Report Available

The final report presents West Coast regional marine research and information needs identified by regional stakeholders. This version incorporates public comment contributed during December 2008 and January 2009. This report is intended to guide investment in natural and social science research that will provide decision makers with the best possible science for policy and resource management.

Stakeholder Input

Developing the report has been a stakeholder-driven process. Sea Grant has involved a broad range of ocean and coastal interests, including coastal residents; scholars and researchers; educators; industry; community organizations; marine conservation groups; tribal, state and local governments; resource managers at local, state, federal and tribal levels; and many citizens and groups depending on ocean resources for their livelihoods and recreational opportunities. Almost 1,000 West Coast residents provided input through 16 workshops held across the three states and an online survey, contributing over 5,200 comments on regional research and information issues.

These comments are now available in three formats:

Organizations and individuals throughout the region are encouraged to use these comments and recommendations to plan research activities that address stakeholder needs.

For more information, please see the project flyer or contact: