Our oceans act as a crucial life-support system for the planet and its inhabitants— soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, providing a wealth of natural resources, nurturing incredible and mysterious sea creatures, and serving as a playground and place of cultural heritage. Covering 71 percent of Earth's surface and providing 99 percent of its living space, the ocean often seems invincible. Yet human activity threatens to diminish the myriad services that the ocean provides. To address these threats, ELI's Ocean Program focuses on three major groups of management issues:
As part of its education and outreach efforts, ELI also hosts an Ocean Seminar Series that highlights key issues in ocean and coastal governance.