On September 18, 2006 the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health. The Agreement launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast, as called for in the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.
On December 5, 2001 the WCGA launched a new website and announced changing its name change to West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health to better reflect the partnership among the three western states to advance common goals on ocean health. The change from “Agreement” to “Alliance” also emphasizes the evolution of the WCGA from an agreement among the Governors to a partnership that includes federal and tribal governments, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations.
The Alliance seeks to advance the goals of:
- Clean coastal waters and beaches
- Healthy ocean and coastal habitats
- Effective ecosystem-based management
- Reduced impacts of offshore development
- Increased ocean awareness and literacy among the region’s citizens
- Expanded ocean and coastal scientific information, research, and monitoring
- Sustainable economic development of coastal communities
The Alliance also underscores the importance of managing activities that affect our oceans on an ecosystem basis. That is, managing human activities and their impact on ocean resources in a way that accounts for the relationships among all ecosystem components, including people and other species and the environment in which we all live.