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. In the summer of 2008, the Agreement’s Action Plan was finalized which identifies specific collaborative actions between the three states to better manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire west coast. The plan addresses the following priority areas:
The Action Plan and other documents are available here. The West Coast Governors’ Agreement (now called the West Coast Governors' Alliance) provides an important opportunity for Surfrider Foundation chapters on the West Coast to advance our mission through leveraging our grassroots campaigns and projects with a major regional initiative. Stay tuned for more information as implementation efforts move forward!