Recommendations for the new national ocean policy

A team of experts led by Brown University has a plan to advance President Obama’s directive to manage the nation’s waters better. In a paper in Conservation Letters, Leila Sievanen and Heather Leslie – along with a number of other natural and social scientists – offer several recommendations based on a two-year investigation of marine management efforts by more than two-dozen local and regional groups from California to Maine. For more on this study, please see or contact Heather_Leslie(at)

Citation: Sievanen, L., HM Leslie, JM, Wondolleck, SL Yaffee, KL McLeod and LM Campbell. 2011. Linking top-down and bottom-up processes through the new US National Ocean Policy. Conservation Letters.DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00178.x

Download a copy of the paper here.

For more on the science and practice of ecosystem-based management, see the recent book by Leslie and collaborators, Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans.

Click here for more on the collaborative project that produced this paper.