TT21-01: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Ocean Best Practices Development

Picture from an African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) Deep Secrets Cruise, far offshore on the South coast of South Africa. Image Credit, Prof Kerry Sink

The OBPS aims to transparently increase the active representation of diverse groups in an inclusive and equitable way to increase perspectives across collaborations, projects, and organizations within the OBPS community.

An OBPS community, composed of diverse representatives from ocean research, observing, and application communities, collaborating to ensure the value, risks, and impact of ocean practices are holistically understood by all stakeholders.



The Task Team’s mission is:

Students maintaining SAEON’s Ski-Monkey (towed-camera system) during a cruise to the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean. Image Credit: SAEON
  1. To understand levels of underrepresentation of ocean stakeholders in the OBPS community.
  2. To gather and synthesize community practices concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion to guide OBPS activities.
  3. To consider options and recommendations to enable inclusion of perspectives, and increase opportunities for under-represented groups to contribute and document practices.

Task Team Co-Chairs

Cora Hoerstmann, AWI Bremerhaven, Germany

Jordan Van Stavel, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), South Africa

Contact information: obpcommunity[at]

Students deploying a CTD rosette during the Canyons Connection Cruise in 2019 on the southern east coast of South Africa. Image Credit ACEP