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The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) was created in 2008 as a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) as a boundary organization connecting science to policy. COS played an important role in California, shaping fisheries management and climate adaptation work. Additionally, COS included valuable research on small-scale fisheries and ocean tipping points. 

In 2017, COS became a Stanford-based center, part of Woods Institute for the Environment.