The Gulf of California Marine program envision coastal and marine policy and management decisions reflecting sound, robust natural and social science leading to prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for future generations in the Gulf of California region. The Program and its staff will strive to follow five core values:
- Conduct objective scientific research that is not influenced or driven by a specific agenda of any government institution, conservation organization, or user group.
- Produce robust and credible scientific products that target conservation and management needs of the Gulf of California.
- Collaborate with regional universities, organizations, and local communities to build capacity in the region and participate in forums to share expertise.
- Share data and information with local and regional stakeholders in a manner that ensures its effective use for policy and management.
- Pursue scientific endeavors that inspire current and future scientists to further coastal and marine science while encouraging innovation.
The mission of the Gulf of California Marine Program at SIO is to produce robust, objective scientific information that builds a comprehensive understanding of connections between marine ecosystems and human-use activities in the Gulf of California and is used to inform current and future management and conservation issues of the region:
- Understand spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity and human use of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of California region.
- Conduct robust science and facilitate its application to ocean and coastal policy and management within the Gulf of California region.
- Build regional capacity through direct involvement of students, researchers, professionals, and resource-users in bi-national exchanges, training programs, and research projects.