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First U.N. 'World Ocean Assessment' Available For Review

Private Sector Review is Critical for a Full and Balanced Ocean Evaluation

January 27, 2015

Contact: Kelly Kryc

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.

Port Name: World Ocean Council

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