Strategic Plan

Below is an outline of the SECOORA Strategic Plan for 2024-2029. Our Board adopted the plan in Spring 2024. This document guides our tasks for the next 5 years.


SECOORA’s mission is to observe, understand, and increase awareness of our coastal ocean; supporting community, economic, and ecosystem resilience through strong and diverse partnerships.

5-Year Vision

SECOORA is the recognized regional leader, valued partner, and the trusted source for coastal ocean information.

Core Values

Scientific integrity,
technical excellence, and

Active stewardship of
coastal ocean ecosystems

Diverse, inclusive and supportive participation in
all activities

Science based discovery
and decision-making

Accessible useful information for addressing
societal needs

Leadership in coastal
ocean science partnerships

Strategic Plan Goals

Expand and broaden usage of SECOORA’s information and products

Meet societal needs by using a science-based observing system strategy to maximize impact

Expand and strengthen partnerships, including members and stakeholders, to increase SECOORA’s capabilities and impact

Facilitate participation of historically underrepresented groups at all levels in our activities

Maintain SECOORA’s organizational capabilities

Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the Southeast US.