ACOPS in an environmental non-governmental organisation that promotes strategies for sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment through scientific, legal and policy research, as well as advisory and public awareness activities.

ACOPS has consultative observer status with numerous intergovernmental bodies, including the Arctic Council, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the OSPAR Convention, the International Maritime Organization, and the London Convention and Protocol.

ACOPS is a registered UK charity (Charity no. 290776)


ACOPS is an international, private, independent, non-political organisation enjoying the status of a UK charitable company.  It is funded by foundations, governmental and intergovernmental institutions, companies and private individuals.

ACOPS works closely with a small team of internationally recognised experts who cover most aspects of the protection of the marine environment and sustainable use of its resources. Experts come from all relevant fields of ocean law, policy, management and marine sciences including fisheries management, oceanography, marine pollution research and control, marine and coastal geography, ecology and biology. They provide a solid basis to the multidisciplinary, trans-sectoral, cooperative approach encouraged by ACOPS under the rule of law.

The internal structure of ACOPS consists of Trustees, a Chair of the Board of Trustees, a Honorary President, an Administrator and Advisors.


ACOPS is active on several fronts that focus on present-day areas of concern – these include:

ACOPS Annual Marine Pollution Surveys

Annual Survey of Oil Pollution in the UK (coastal and marine)

The Arctic Ocean                       International shipping

Deep-sea mining                        Disposal of waste at sea & litter

Marine protected areas              Sustainable development




Registered Office : 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL

Administrator: acopsadmin@gmail.com