The mission of ACOPS is to promote strategies for sustainable global development relating to the coastal and marine environment through scientific, legal and policy research and advisory and public awareness activities.  More specifically, ACOPS objectives are:

To promote research, quantification and understanding of root causes of marine pollution and associated problems.

To promote the preservation of the seas and oceans from pollution and degradation by human activities.

To advance public education on the impact of human activities that impinge on the seas and oceans, such as extractive and manufacturing industries, fishing, mining, dumping of waste, poaching and transport.

To promote strategies for sustainable development at global, regional and national levels, through advisory and public education and awareness activities.

To identify cost-effective, long-term environmental solutions that can be effectively implemented at global, regional and national levels.