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The ocean business community has the need and opportunity to advance sustainable development of the ocean. Working with governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society to achieve the shared goal of a healthy, productive ocean and its sustainable use and stewardship is in the interest of responsible ocean businesses. In particular, ocean industries can play a key role in advancing ocean science in support of safe and sustainable operations through participation in “Smart Ocean-Smart Industries”. The World Ocean Council is a unique international, multi-sectoral ocean industry alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility.
Achieving sustainable ocean development requires a clear understanding of the status and trends in economic use of marine space and resources – as well as the potential new kinds and areas of use. Achieving a balance between ‘blue’ growth, jobs, and a sound maritime environment will largely be based on addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the diverse, extensive set of existing ocean activities. Success in improving ocean governance and sustainable marine development will require coordinated leadership and collaboration by the diverse ocean business community. The World Ocean Council provides industry leadership in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” to ensure both the long term health of the ocean and responsible industry use of space and resources.