Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – USA

Chair holder: Prof. Ken W. Able
Full Chair title: UNESCO - Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Coastal Resources

Address: Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick - New Jersey 08901-852 - USA
Telephone: +(609) 296 5260 (ext 230)
Fax: +(609) 296 1024
Web site:
Other contact person: Dr J. Frederick Grassle/Director Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Phone : +(732) 932 6555 (ext 509)
Date created: 2004

The UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Coastal Resources, based at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers and the State University of New Jersey, was established to develop programs, workshops and information services with the aim of improving the management of coastal resources. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of coastal ocean observation systems to support an interdisciplinary research program in fishery science and resource management, the creation of a new course of study in operational oceanography, and the broad dissemination of Ecotechnie activity results to a diverse worldwide community of users. Students at all levels have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research and study real-world issues in the classroom.

The UCEP Chair participates in developing new training programs for students and stakeholders and collaborates with the resource management community and the fishing industry, to improve the scientific basis of fishery ,management decisions. The Chair is also developing a fishery component for ocean observation systems. Through the Rutgers UCEP, understanding of the processes governing variability in fish stocks will improve and result in new value added products and services with broad visible impact for the many components of the fishing industry in the U. S. and abroad.

The Chair, who is already collaborating with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, seeks to cooperate with all the existing UNESCO Chairs engaged
in coastal and marine issues.