Request for Information (RFI): National Strategy for Marine Biodiversity

Manini or convict tangs amongst finger coral in shallow water.

Manini or convict tangs amongst finger coral in shallow water. Photo credit: NOAA/Claire Fackler


The National Science Foundation, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), requests input from all interested parties to inform the development of a National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy, covering the genetic lineages, species, habitats, and ecosystems of U.S. ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters. The strategy will strengthen the knowledge foundation and coordination on which federal agencies and other parties can align priorities and investments toward more cost-effective and successful solutions to the increasing challenges that require information on biodiversity and living resources. The strategy will align research and monitoring on ocean life for safe and sustainable management, conservation, development, and climate solutions; and improve delivery of biodiversity information to support wise management and the growing ocean economy.

Through this RFI, SOST seeks input on the foundational elements of a strategy for delivering needed knowledge and implementing effective stewardship of ocean life. Those elements will include actions federal agencies should take to:

  • Collect, coordinate, and deliver information for policy, investment, development, and management.
  • Better align ocean biodiversity investments and policy with societal needs for both use and protection of living resources.
  • Ensure benefits to society across sectors and from local to international levels.

This is your chance to make sure that your ideas and concerns are considered in how this important initiative goes forward. The full RFI can be found in the Federal Register. Submit responses to by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 28, 2024 and include “RFI: Public Comment on the National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy” in the subject line of the message.


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