The first panel discussion focused on “Getting Started: Establishment of Integrated National and Regional Ocean Policies.” During this session, speakers reviewed lessons learned from the establishment of integrated ocean policies, including the catalytic factors involved, the type of processes involved, the role of legislation and ocean commissions, and the role of external constituencies and international programmes. The session was chaired by Charles Ehler, Vice-Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Marine. Speakers included John Roberts, Head of the Marine and Waterways Division, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Paul Sandifer, former Commissioner with the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Member of Cabinet of the European Commission for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs; Hiroshi Terashima, Executive Director, Ocean Policy Research Foundation of Japan; Bernice McLean, Independent Consultant, South Africa; Antonio Diaz de Leon, Director General for Environment Policy, Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; Mary Power, Secretariat of the Pacific Commission; Indumathie Hewawasam, World Bank; Tom Laughlin, Deputy Director, International Affairs Office, NOAA; and Huming Yu, Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA). Panel Chair Charles Ehler wrapped up the discussion by noting that there are many approaches to oceans policies: many will succeed, some will probably fail. However, it is useful to document both in a systematic way so we know what works and what does not.