GLASGOW | 2 November 2021 | The United States has joined the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), which is comprised of 14 nations representing nearly 40 percent of the world’s coastlines, 30 percent of its exclusive economic zones (EEZs), 20 percent of its fisheries, and 20 percent of its shipping fleet.

Members of the Ocean Panel coordinate policies with the goal of creating a “sustainable ocean economy” across their jurisdictions. The organization has endorsed sustainable management of wild fish stocks as well as the deployment of carbon capture and storage in the sub-seabed through growing and sinking massive kelp beds. Such strategies sequester carbon in sub-seabed geological formations, but there have been fears of unexpected consequences if they are not deployed properly and with international cooperation.

“I have long followed the work of the Ocean Panel, and I am…

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