[ + ]Coastal States Organization
|Title||Coastal States Organization|
|Description||The Coastal States Organization ("CSO") represents 35 American coastal states and colonies, and works to incorporate ocean and coastal management needs into the development and implementation of scientific research, management, and policy.
Resources: A Weekly Report which is a useful and up-to-date resource covering activities in Congress, federal agencies, the Great Lakes, and other coastal communities, and current news dealing with the status of marine and coastal policies and legislation. Congressional appropriations fact sheets about coastal programs such as the Coastal Zone Management Program. Links to agencies and organizations that deal with marine and coastal policy and legislation.
[ + ]Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
|Title||Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)|
|Description||The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (“IOC”) sponsors several oceanic and marine programs concerning topic areas such as marine management, marine assessments, ocean science, law of the sea and ocean carbon.
Resources: Relevant news pertaining to the IOC, its work, and information on member states. Links within these programs provide rich information including data, studies, reports, and additional links.
[ + ]International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
|Title||International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea|
|Description||The Tribunal is a judiciary body established by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea that adjudicates disputes arising from the Convention.
Resources: Legal sources concerning where the Tribunal derives its authority, jurisdictional information, administrative information and procedural information, the tribunal’s docket and decided cases in full text, links to other documents and publications that concern the Tribunal or international law of the sea.
[ + ]Natural Resources Defense Council- Oceans
|Title||Natural Resources Defense Council- Oceans|
|Description||The Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) is an environmental law action group with a national agenda. The NRDC highlights Oceans issues and focuses on resources aimed at improving ocean governance, creating marine protected areas, ending overfishing, etc.
Resources: Clicking on “See All Documents Related to this Issue” on the right side of the page leads to NRDC’s collection of legislative/policy analyses, informative overviews, fact sheets, issue papers reports, guides, and news related to ocean issues.
[ + ]NOAA Central Library
|Title||NOAA Central Library|
|Description||The NOAA Central Library offers a wealth of research tools and collections relevant to varying aspects of science including oceanography, ocean engineering, marine ecology, and atmospheric sciences. Search the library catalog for relevant sources.
Resources: The “Subject Guides and Bibliographies” link leads to guides compiled by library staff covering a variety of topics such as Deepwater Horizon and marine protected areas. NOAA Publication Sources links to various NOAA organizations that distribute data and publications. The Digital Documents and Maps Collection contains historical information relating to: weather and climate, coast and fisheries, coast and geodetic surveys, and oceans.
[ + ]NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources
|Title||NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources|
|Description||The NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is made up of five divisions: Permits and Conservation; Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation; Endangered Species Conservation; Planning & Program Coordination Division; and Endangered Species Act Interagency Cooperation. The office provides oversight and guidance on marine mammal, endangered species and endangered species conservation.
Resources: Information pertaining to marine species, application and permit types, and relevant laws and policies. Also, information about and links to OPR programs and biological opinions about the impacts a Federal action is likely to have on marine species or their habitats.
[ + ]Ocean Conservation Society
|Title||Ocean Conservation Society|
|Description||The Ocean Conservation Society conducts scientific research and leads educational projects for to the protection and conservation of our oceans.
Resources: Current research projects, past research projects, publications, and links to other ocean and marine mammal resources.
[ + ]Oceana
|Description||As the largest international organization focusing exclusively on ocean conservation, Oceana’s goal is to help restore our oceans through collaboration with scientists, lawyers and economists.
Resources: The site provides information about its campaign topics including ocean pollution, responsible fishing, climate and energy, protecting marine wildlife, and preserving special places with overviews, news, and reports about issues related to each of these topics. The site also includes reports and other publications (under “News”), press releases, and a blog about news, policy, and science.
[ + ]OceanLaw.org: A Service of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans
|Title||OceanLaw.org: A Service of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans|
|Description||The Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans has as its mission to bring insight and understanding to the debate within the United States over joining the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Resources: News articles, briefs and in-depth reports related to the Law of the Sea, and links to related international and intergovernmental organizations.
[ + ]The Center for Oceans Law and Policy
|Title||The Center for Oceans Law and Policy|
|Description||The Center for Oceans Law and Policy is a “Nonpartisan, Nonprofit Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Scholarship and Education About Legal & Policy Issues Affecting the Oceans.”
Resources: Includes annotated lists of the center’s publications, including conference proceedings and annual seminar proceedings; a link to the Newlin Collection on Oceans Law and Policy within the University of Virginia Law School Library collection; Law of the Sea text and related agreements, documents, commentaries, testimonies, and letters. Also, links to related educational resources, international organizations, news, non-governmental organizations, private research centers, and the U.S. Government.
[ + ]United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
|Title||United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea|
|Description||The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an intergovernmental treaty governing “all uses of the oceans and their resources.”
Resources: Full text of the treaty, history of its passage, information relating to implementation and dispute resolution, and links to the Geneva Conventions on the Law of the Sea.
[ + ]United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
|Title||United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea|
|Description||The website for the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea contains information on the Convention and related agreements, bodies established by the convention, settlement of disputes, and the Division’s functions and activities.
Resources: A link to “Maritime Space: Legislation and Treaties” provides access to a database of major national legislation and treaties by region and sub-regions. Also helpful is “Links relevant to oceans and the law of the sea” which includes treaty bodies, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and other intergovernmental organizations. “New developments and recent additions” includes updates on meetings, press releases, reports, agreements, etc.
[ + ]University of Oregon: Ocean and Coastal Law Center
|Title||University of Oregon: Ocean and Coastal Law Center|
|Description||The University of Oregon’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center is dedicated to research and education in the laws and regulations that affect use of oceans, their resources, and the coastal zone. The center combines the efforts of law faculty and students to research and analyze current ocean and coastal law topics and to publish their results.
Resources: Includes a link to “Publications” (toward the bottom of the page), with cites to books, articles, and reports written on marine topics, and ocean and coastal law memos and research papers. The link to the Center’s Library Collection provides bibliographic citations to approximately 2,900 cataloged books, reports, and government documents. Links to research guides and bibliographies are also available through the Library Collection link.