Unpacking Our Mission

In order to inform, train, advise and engage, we work to enrich law, science and policy know-how amongst public and private actors, and engage in outreach to the general public.

ACOPS works within a diverse network of internationally recognised specialists who cover important topics such as law of the sea, marine policy developments, fisheries management, oceanography, pollution research and control, marine mining and offshore and coastal mining (including deep sea mining), marine biology and ecology as well as social scientists and economists. They provide a solid basis to the multidisciplinary, trans-sectoral, cooperative approach encouraged by ACOPS. Our tight-knit group of associates, network of specialists, and institutional friends connect and are connected by a shared concern for our seas.

ACOPS receives its funding from these selfsame friends, including foundations, governmental and intergovernmental institutions, companies, private individuals and other entities.

More specifically, ACOPS objectives are:

To inform on and where possible contribute to research, quantification and understanding of root causes of marine pollution and associated issues and processes. This includes informing relevant stakeholders on the impact of human activities on our seas and oceans (e.g. pollution from marine plastics, melting sea ice, underwater noise) and the rationale and importance of an ecosystem-based approach to management and the effective protection of sensitive areas and threatened species;

To train young and senior professionals, who contribute or aspire to contribute to the protection of the marine environment, to the development of marine environmental environmental policies in intergovernmental bodies;

To advise on the preservation of the seas and oceans from pollution and degradation by human activities and other processes on the basis of international environmental law and sound science; and,

To engage within our specialised network on these topics and envisage sustainable paths forward.