Council on Ocean Resources

The Council on Ocean Resources is comprised of agencies and organizations with responsibilities in the State of Hawaii’s marine and coastal zone. Established in 2013 by directors of state and county agencies, with unanimous support of federal and community partners, the Council facilitates greater coordination and implementation of the State’s shared ocean and coastal resource management priorities.

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Photograph Courtesy: Office of Former Governor Abercrombie

One Vision – The State of Hawaii and its partners envision a healthy, productive, and sustainable ocean ecosystem that fosters economic growth while preserving and protecting Hawaii’s values and needs. This vision and the State’s priorities to attain it are further described in the Ocean Resources Management Plan. Coordinated Leadership – The Council is steered by twelve state and county directors and coordinated by the Office of Planning. This cabinet-level cooperation helps to leverage resources and streamline multi-agency efforts. Strong network – A partnership of state and county agencies has been collaborating since 1988 to improve the management of Hawaii’s ocean and coastal resources. The Hawaii Ocean Partnership is currently comprised of state and county agencies, federal partners, academia, and community groups. Each partner brings a set of key skills and expertise, as well as trusted relationships with community constituencies, for on-the-ground implementation and stakeholder engagement.
Office of Planning

Department of Land & Natural Resources

Department of Health

Department of Agriculture

Department of Transportation

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

University of Hawaii

City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting

County of Hawaii Department of Planning

County of Kauai Department of Planning

County of Maui Department of Planning

NOAA Pacific Services Center

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Pacific Islands Regional Office

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

United States Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, Civil and Public Works Branch

United States Navy, Hawaii Region

United States Coast Guard, 14th District

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Island Contact Office

Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council

University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

University of Hawaii Sea Grant

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System

Honolulu Board of Water Supply

The Nature Conservancy