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Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
ASOC seeks to guarantee the highest possible level of environmental protection for the Antarctic region, whether for tiny but important krill or for entire ecosystems like the Ross Sea. ASOC has three high-priority focus areas - Climate Change and the Antarctic, Ross Sea Preservation and Krill Conservation.
Blue Ocean Institute
Blue Ocean Institute helps to make the case for life on Earth. Their mission: help keep the living world alive by inspiring people to engage in real-world change. Their products are award-winning books, award-winning films, PBS television series, high-profile articles in major publishing outlets, TED talks and web-based media published across influential platforms.
Cetacean Alliance
Cetacean Alliance is a not-for-profit network of non-governmental organisations committed to preserving marine biodiversity and reducing human impact on cetacean populations. Its aim is to develop synergies and create opportunities for collaboration among individuals and organisations sharing a determination to protect these magnificent and vulnerable animals.
Blue Frontier Campaign
Blue frontier is a leader in providing resources and opportunities to bring the voice of citizens who care about the health of our oceans into decision-making processes that will positively impact our public seas. Blue Frontier works to support seaweed (marine grassroots) efforts at the local, regional and national level.
Conservation International
In addition to helping create and strengthen marine protected areas and networks, Conservation International works on new models for ocean management, working with more than 20 nations. CI also works to end destructive fishing practices like trawling, shark finning and overfishing so that fish stay in our ocean for generations.
Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition was founded in 2004 to address the issue of bottom trawling on the high seas in the absence of an effective regime for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas. The DSCC has been focused on achieving two overarching goals: To substantially reduce the greatest threats to life in the deep seas; and to safeguard the long-term health, integrity, and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems.
Environmental Defense Fund
Guided by science and economics, Environmental Defense Fund tackles urgent threats with practical solutions. EDF is a non-profit organization based in New York bringing together experts in science, law and economics to tackle complex environmental issues that affect our oceans, our air and our natural resources.
Greenpeace International
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation, which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's oceans campaign focusing on three major threats to the world's oceans: overfishing, pirate fishing, whaling, and intensive shrimp aquaculture.
Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science is dedicated to advancing ocean conservation through science. We conduct world-class scientific research that increases knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants, provides the foundation for smarter ocean policy, and establishes new frameworks for improved ocean conservation.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
The IFAW engages communities, government leaders, and like-minded organizations around the world to achieve lasting solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges-solutions that benefit both animals and people. For more than 40 years IFAW has investigated the cruelty of commercial seal hunting and campaigned to end it.
Lighthouse Foundation
The oceans determine the nature and quality of the biosphere far beyond their coastlines. They are the sustaining, all-encompassing element in the global biosphere. The Lighthouse Foundation supports integrated and long-term approaches in the relationship between humans and the marine environment within the context of sustainable development.
The Nature Conservancy
From coral reefs to deserts, the Nature Conservancy works to protect the lands and waters that plants and animals need to survive for us and for future generations. The Conservancy has fisheries and marine conservation programs around the globe in important seascapes including marine projects in every coastal state and territory of the U.S. The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to protecting these vital ecosystems and all the corals, fish and people that depend on them.
Ocean Conservancy
The Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. The Ocean Conservancy creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Ocean Conservancy champions research and monitoring efforts that will lead to innovative, sustainable solutions.
Oceana
Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life. Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.
The Ocean Project
The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) around the world. Since its formation in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project has grown from a handful of founding North American aquariums into the world’s most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action. Our growing network includes approximately 2,000 partner aquariums, zoos, science, technology, and natural history museums, and other education and conservation organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries.
Polar Bears International
Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate. Polar Bears International is known for its cutting-edge science, inspired use of media, and relentless drive to ensure polar bears remain a part of the Arctic forever.
ReefBase
ReefBase was created to facilitate sustainable management of coral reefs and related coastal/marine environments, in order to benefit poor people in developing countries whose livelihoods depend on these natural resources.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
SeaWeb
SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. To accomplish this important goal, SeaWeb convenes forums where economic, policy, social and environmental interests converge to improve ocean health and sustainability.
Shifting Baselines
Shifting Baselines is a media project - a partnership between ocean conservation and Hollywood to help bring attention to the severity of ocean decline.
Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity.
IUCN
IUCN's work builds upon their niche as the world’s authority on biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions and related environmental governance.
Surfrider Foundation
a non-profit organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches through its 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts, and with its 37,000 members in the USA and International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates in Japan, Brazil, Australia, France and Spain.
Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)
WDCS supports and leads ground-breaking scientific research, funding whale and dolphin conservation field projects around the world. WDCS is an international non-profit working toward the conservation and welfare of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) by reducing threats to cetaceans and their habitats and by raising awareness about the need to address the continuing threats to their welfare and survival.
WWF
WWF's Global Marine Programme supports the conservation of WWF's marine Priority Places and species (cetaceans, turtles and sharks), as well as the work of relevant WWF Global Initiatives: Smart Fishing, Market Transformation, Coral Triangle, Coastal East Africa and Arctic.
Australian Marine Conservation Society
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is the voice for Australia's ocean wildlife. We are an independent charity, staffed by a committed group of professional and passionate scientists, educators and advocates who have defended Australia's oceans for 50 years. AMCS works on the big issues concerning the sea. Our key focus is to create large marine national parks (marine sanctuaries), make our fisheries sustainable and protect and recover our threatened ocean wildlife, such as our sharks, seals and whales.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was established to protect and encourage the wise use and understanding of the Great Barrier Reef through the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Sub-Antarctic Islands
Sub-Antarctic Islands is an online educational resource for information about the habitats and species of the sub-antarctic islands. The mission of the website is: to stimulate student interest in the study of these fascinating islands, to provide photographs for students' and researchers' papers and to document ecological restoration in progress.
Marine Conservation Society UK
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. We work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever.
MarLIN The Marine Life Information Network
MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats yet undertaken.
Aquatic Network
Aquatic Network provides information about living resources and technology relating to marine and freshwater environments.
Blue Ocean Society
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation's mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action. Blue Ocean Society was founded by two whale watch naturalists, Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, who were frustrated with the lack of translation of open ocean research into information that could be used by the public. We strive to learn more about the Gulf of Maine, and particularly an important habitat called Jeffreys Ledge, and then bring our research to the public through a variety of outreach programs.
Center for Biological Diversity
The "high seas," or open ocean, have historically been a no-man's-land, claimed by no single country and not governed by any single body of law; and the sea has been treated as an inexhaustible resource, infinitely deep, wide, and bountiful. But the advent of large-scale commercial fishing, shipping and oil drilling has pushed many species to the brink of extinction. The Center for Biological Diversity is working to establish crucial protections for marine species and their habitats.
The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, was founded in the summer of 1996 by a group of experts in marine mammal science, environmental sciences, education and conservation. CRESLI was formed for the purposes of conducting research, providing educational experiences and promoting conservation of coastal ecosystems. Research and education are inextricably linked in all CRESLI activities. As such, CRESLI actively seeks cooperative alliances with researchers, educational institutions, and the participation of the public.
Marine Conservation Institute
The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) aims to catalyze strong protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world's oceans by 2030. Marine Conservation Institute is working to secure lasting protection for important and vulnerable ecosystems including the Western Aleutian Archipelago, Central Pacific Islands, Arctic Ocean and offshore canyons and seamounts. Marine Conservation Institute’s experts are collaborating with ESRI, the global leader in geospatial technology, to create the world’s first, three-dimensional map of our oceans.
National Marine Sanctuaries
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries.
Natural Resources Defence Council
NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Ocean Conservation Research
Ocean Conservation Research works to understand and share the impacts of ocean noise pollution on marine life. OCR uses the products of our research to inform the public and provide guidance to regulators and policy makers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.
PRBO Conservation Science: Marine Ecology Division
We have published more than 2,000 technical reports and peer-reviewed scientific articles. We use these findings to address real-world challenges, working hand-in-hand with land, ocean and wildlife managers to improve conservation outcomes.
Arocha
The focus of our work internationally is organised around research, conservation, education, theological reflection and advocacy particularly focused on the support and development of marine protected areas. Recognizing that MPAs broadly defined are a very small percentage of the world’s oceans, our work focuses also on those areas surrounding MPAs giving these protected areas the best chance possible for success.
Department of the Environment - Australian Government
The Australian Government uses the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to protect and manage threatened, migratory and marine species. Our long-term strategy for the recovery of threatened marine species includes scientific research, community education and awareness, partnership building and working with relevant industries and other stakeholders.
Marine Mammal Conservation Network of India
Marine Mammal Conservation Network of India aims to be an online source of information, and a virtual networking platform for people from all walks of life, independent or with organisations, interested in marine mammal research and conservation.
Coral Cay Conservation
Coral Cay Conservation is an award winning NGO that specialises in the organisation of community based coral reef and tropical forest expeditions. We were established in 1986 and are a division of the Lifesigns Group. We provide resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests.
SaveNature.org
Habitat destruction is the greatest threat to wildlife today. Wildlife and wild places cannot survive without the preservation and protection of habitat. For more than 20 years we have fostered a synergistic partnership between schools, informal science institutions, in-situ conservation organizations, in-country non-governmental organizations, and the public in the form of families and individuals, all working towards the preservation of the wildest creatures and places on earth.
Coral Reef Alliance
CORAL Reef Alliance takes a multi-pronged approach to restoring and protecting coral reefs in partnership with the communities living nearest the reefs. Our strategies include: Reducing local threats to reefs, including overfishing, poor water quality, and unsustainable development.
Global Coral Reef Alliance
The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems - coral reefs. GCRA is a coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations, committed to coral reef preservation. We primarily focus on coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution. We employ a method which allows reefs to survive and recover from damage caused by excessive nutrients, climate change, and physical destruction.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is fostering a resilient reef for all generations by catalysing and funding science that informs, encourages and inspires. The Foundation is the only independent, not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated solely to raising funds for scientific research into preserving the Great Barrier Reef.
Biosphere Foundation
Our goal is to inspire intelligent use of the earth's natural resources and empower individuals to become leaders in biosphere stewardship. The health of our biosphere - our life support system - is decreasing due to climate change and the needs associated with a growing human population. We address this global challenge by working locally with island peoples whose livelihood is most affected by sweeping ecological changes.
Project Aware Foundation
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we've learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean. With new programs and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect the ocean and implement lasting change.
Reef Check
Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.
Reef Relief
In partnership with community groups and government agencies, Reef Relief coordinates volunteer programs that cultivate an attitude of stewardship within the community. Since 2010, Reef Relief's coastal clean-up program has removed over 24,000 lbs of marine debris from the shores and waters of the Florida Keys. The Coral Camp Summer Program uses interactive activities and field trips to teach children 6- 12 years of age about ocean ecology, coral reefs, marine life and sustainability. Camp activities include lessons on identification of common corals, fish, and invertebrates, oceanography, tides, symbiosis, snorkel etiquette and leave no trace principles.
Save the Manatee Club
Our mission is to protect endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. Our objective is the recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.
Seal Conservation Society
The Society was originally set up as a non-profit charitable organisation in Scotland, in the spring of 1996 with the aim of protecting and conserving pinnipeds worldwide. The Society has been almost dormant since 2002 and we are reestablishing it in 2010 and will be applying for charitable status again in the UK. The primary aims of the Society remain to protect and conserve pinnipeds worldwide by Monitoring and attempting to minimise threats to pinniped populations.
Sea Turtle Conservancy
It is the mission of Sea Turtle Conservancy to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.
SeaTurtle.Org
Initially created as "Turtle Tidings" in 1996, SEATURTLE.ORG was founded out of a desire to support research and conservation efforts in the sea turtle community. This goal is achieved primarily through the SEATURTLE.ORG website and has included providing online access to the Marine Turtle Newsletter and supporting registration and administration of the Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. More recently, we have begun to add centralized database management systems to help organizations working to conserve sea turtles to manage, organize and share their data. These include the Satellite Tracking and Analysis System (STAT), the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Necropsy Database (STRAND) and the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System (STNMS).
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Turtle Island Restoration Network mobilizes people to restore oceans, preserve rivers and streams, and protect the marine wildlife that call these blue-green waters home. WE are a supporter of giant leatherback sea turtles gliding on currents, of schooling hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos, of spawning coho salmon in California creeks, and of a better ocean future.
Bite-Back
Bite-Back is an energetic, innovative and pioneering shark and marine conservation charity with a clear focus and a 'let's get things done' attitude. Bite-Back is running successful campaigns to end the sale of shark fin soup in Britain. It is busy exposing UK retailers that profit from shark-derived products and inspiring them to stop. It is challenging the UK's leading supermarkets to end the sale of vulnerable fish and changing the way Britain goes shopping.
Pelagic Shark Research Foundation
The mission of PSRF is to develop and assist projects that contribute to a better understanding of elasmobranchs, with an emphasis on those which contribute to their conservation and management. PSRF has developed a multifaceted approach to dealing with the issues involved consisting of: (1) research conducted by PSRF, (2) research projects sponsored or assisted by PSRF, and (3) an educational outreach program.
The Shark Research Institute
Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Current projects include visual and satellite tracking, behavioral and DNA studies of sharks, environmental advocacy, publications and public education.
Shark Savers
A grassroots membership organization dedicated to shark conservation. Shark Savers creates educational awareness programs about sharks, their critical importance to a healthy ocean environment, and the severe decimation of shark populations occurring throughout the world, primarily to fill demand for shark fin soup. The organization also empowers people to take action in their own lives and community to further shark conservation and to stop their consumption of shark products.
Shark Trust
Established in 1997, the Shark Trust is the only UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. The Trust is an effective and well respected advocate for shark management and protection, undertaking a range of projects, campaigns and policy work to ensure the survival of this integral apex predator of our oceans.
American Cetacean Society
The mission of the American Cetacean Society is to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises face more challenges today than at any other time in history. More than ever before, we must explore innovative, strategic ways to ensure the protection, safety, and welfare of cetaceans, and restore the health and biodiversity of wild marine and riverine habitats.
Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation
CCRC conducts and facilitates benign research on whales and dolphins. CCRC has undertaken studies on the biology, behavior, and ecology of a variety of cetaceans.
Marine Connection
Threats to dolphins, whales and porpoises are many and varied. Marine Connection campaigns on issues worldwide for their welfare, protection and conservation.
Marine Mammal Center
Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.
Ocean Alliance
Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne. Led by Dr. Payne and CEO, Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. From that data we work with our scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and promote ocean and human health.
Climate Science and Policy Watch
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) launched Climate Science Watch (CSW) in 2005 as a public interest education and advocacy project dedicated to holding public officials accountable for using climate research effectively and with integrity in dealing with the challenge of global climate disruption. CSW was developed and spearheaded by Rick Piltz, who joined GAP when he resigned after 10 years in the U.S. Global Change Research Program Coordination Office to blow the whistle on the George W. Bush White House for political interference with the integrity of climate change communication.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC has been established by World Meteorological Organization (WMO)external link and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)external link to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.
Marine Fish Conservation Network
The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and fishing communities. Our goal is to maintain and strengthen the conservation and management objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. For the last two decades, the Marine Fish Conservation Network has united fishermen, conservationists, scientists and citizens around a shared mission: conserving and revitalizing wild ocean fisheries.
Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography exists to promote a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in the education of future leaders in marine biodiversity and conservation, and in the direction and application research to the conservation of marine biodiversity. We train scientists to work at the interface between the natural and social sciences and to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to decision makers and the public.
EarthWatch Institute
We bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. The Earthwatch community continues to grow rapidly, with participation from members of the general public we call "citizen scientists," to corporate employees, to educators and students. All bring their knowledge, passion, and experience to support our work, improve scientific understanding, and inspire change across all touch-points in their lives.
Fauna and Flora International
Fauna & Flora International's work spans across the globe, with over 140 projects in over 40 countries, mostly in the developing world. We proudly stand up for biodiversity and aim to show just how relevant it is to all of those who share the planet.
Wetlands International
Wetlands International is the only global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. We are deeply concerned about the loss and deterioration of wetlands such as lakes, marshes and rivers. Our vision is a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide.
World Resources Institute
WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. Our more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.
Center for Biological Diversity
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.
Sustainable Tourism - UNEP Tourism Programme
Sustainable tourism development guidelines and management practices are applicable to all forms of tourism in all types of destinations, including mass tourism and the various niche tourism segments. Sustainability principles refer to the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development
International Maritime Organization
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.
Global Marine Litter Information Gateway
Marine litter currently poses a dire, vast and growing threat to the marine and coastal environment. Most marine litter consists of material that degrades slowly, if at all, so a continuous input of large quantities of these items results in a gradual build-up in the marine and coastal environment. This negative trend has been confirmed by a number of studies in various regions, clearly indicating that the situation with regard to marine litter is continuously getting worse. The Regional Seas Programme has been developing and implementing a number of activities on the management of marine litter.
Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
Dedicated to, and setting the highest standards for, the conservation, care and well-being of polar bears.
Shark Conservation Society
The Shark Conservation Society seeks to further conservation through research expeditions and campaigns based on fact and practical experience, and to promote best practice when interaction with sharks is necessary'. There are many excellent and effective charities and other campaigning organisations promoting various aspects of shark conservation and awareness in UK and around the world. We believe the Shark Conservation Society (SCS) is the only expedition organisation at present specifically operating and campaigning from a platform of fact and practical experience.
THE THRESHER SHARK RESEARCH & CONSERVATION PROJECT
All 3 thresher shark species are now listed as VULNERABLE by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN press release 2007). Thresher sharks are among the more demanded shark species for global fisheries. They are prized for their high quality meat which is used fresh, frozen, smoked and dried-salted. Their fins are prized for shark-fin soup, their livers for vitamin extraction and their hides are used in the production of leather goods.
The Ocean Foundation
Our nine initiatives are: International Sustainable Aquaculture, Coral Reefs, Coasts and Beaches, Marine Mammals, Polar Seas, Sea Turtles, Ocean Leadership, World Oceans, and Ocean Acidification.
The Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO)
The Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) is a charitable company founded in Belize in 1995 whose objectives include promoting increased environmental awareness, sustainable development of the country’s natural resources, and stewardship of cultural and natural resources by the people of Belize, through the publication and distribution of educational information and outreach programs. Establishing research centers for analysis of scientific data and dissemination, and educational purposes.
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.
Blue Voice
BlueVoice.org is an ocean conservation organization founded in 2000 by Hardy Jones and Ted Danson. Its mission is to protect dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about the plight of the oceans. BlueVoice has fought to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and to expose the harmful levels of toxins in the marine environment, including mercury, PCBs, and persistent organic pollutants, and their impact on both marine mammals and humans.
Ocean Research and Conservation Association
Among the programs currently underway at ORCA, The ORCA Kilroy , the ORCA Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity (FAST) and the ORCA Sentinel programs provide information on water characteristics and toxicity that when combined can be used to determine sources of non-point source pollution in coastal and estuary waters. In addition to coastal and estuary conservation, ORCA's Deep Sea Conservation programs utilize current technology to provide real time and video footage of deep ocean life and conditions.
International Marine Mammal Project
For more than 30 years, the International Marine Mammal Project has led the fight to protect dolphins, whales, and the ocean environment. We pioneered the “Dolphin Safe” tuna fishing standard, stopping the intentional chasing and netting of dolphins and preventing hundreds of thousands of dolphin deaths every year. We directed the historic rescue and release of the orca whale Keiko, made famous in the movie Free Willy. We are fighting to end the tragic slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as featured in the Academy Award–winning movie The Cove. And we’re campaigning to stop all trade in live dolphins and end the captivity of whales and dolphins for circus performances. We have achieved victories for marine mammals around the world and we continue to work to make the oceans safe for whales, dolphins, and marine life.
Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS)
We are a team of passionate artists, activists, and change agents committed to sustainability and the preservation of our oceans and the planet. We expose complex global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of film, photography, story-telling, and social media collaboration.
Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium works to conserve the region's marine environment as a convener and connector of conservation awareness and action. Our goal is for every visitor to the Aquarium to come away with new knowledge about the life dwelling within the Puget Sound, as well as what can be done to help preserve it.
Marine Conservation Philippines
Marine Conservation Philippines is a registered NGO dedicated to preserve and protect coastal resources in the Philippines through education, volunteerism and research. We engage local communities and policy makers and work to ensure solutions that will benefit both man and nature in the long run.
Love The Oceans
Love the Oceans volunteers form our research teams, collecting two different but equally important data sets. We believe that due to the high biodiversity present, the reefs in Guinjata Bay offer an exciting opportunity for the local community to generate sustainable sources of revenue from the marine environment through various ecotourism based initiatives. To provide evidence for this, the first data set consists of benthic habitat assessments of the Guinjata Bay reefs. The volunteers collect this data during their diving week on the program. Through non-destructive visual censuses, volunteers quantify fish species abundance and diversity. From this, biodiversity on the reefs will be calculated and used as an indicator for reef health.
US Department of State - Office of Marine Conservation
The Office of Marine Conservation (OMC) is a part of the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The Office of Marine Conservation is responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. policy on a broad range of international issues concerning living marine resources. In executing this responsibility, OES/OMC negotiates bilateral and multilateral fisheries agreements, participates in international fisheries conservation and management organizations and arrangements at the regional and global levels, and represents the U.S. in a variety of other international fora associated with the conservation and management of living marine resources.
Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS)
The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) was founded in 1993 by a group of concerned responsible people, aspiring to protect Aqaba’s marine life from further degradation. In August 1995, JREDS registered under the Ministry of Interior as the first and only Jordanian non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the marine ecosystem. JREDS works to prevent the destruction of the Gulf of Aqaba by promoting sustainable management of natural marine resources, raising public awareness, encouraging community participation, and conducting environmental monitoring.
Marine Conservation Alliance
The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) is a seafood-interest organization of coastal communities, harvesters, processors, and western Alaska Community Development Quota entities. Collectively we harvest the majority of the seafood caught in North Pacific federal waters. MCA promotes science-based fishery management and the rational use of the precautionary principle. Marine habitat must be protected to the extent practicable, overfishing must be prevented, and the functionality of our food web must be maintained. Our jobs, recreation, subsistence, and food depend on it.
Blue Ventures
Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. Our story started over a decade ago, surveying coral reefs in the Mozambique channel. Vezo communities in southern Madagascar were concerned about the decline of their fisheries, so we supported one village to experiment with closing off a small section of their octopus gleaning area for a few months, to see whether this might boost productivity. When the closure was re-opened, communities experienced a huge increase in octopus landings and fisher incomes. As news of this remarkable fishery boom spread, neighbouring communities started copying this approach. Crucially, this sparked interest in more ambitious coastal management efforts, leading to the creation of the country’s first Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) governed by a small network of fishing villages.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
AZA, its Aquarium Affairs Committee, Aquatic Sustainability Task Force, and related Animal Programs, including those related to freshwater and marine fishes, coral, marine invertebrates, marine mammals, and sea turtles, cooperatively serve to recommend species for cooperative management, develop superior animal care and management strategies, establish research and conservation priorities, and develop resources to help AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums develop successful, sustainable, and strategic conservation and education programs.
WildCoast
WILDCOAST conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. WILDCOAST has helped conserve more than 3.2 million acres of globally significant bays, beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and islands, we will expand our work. Wildcoast helps conserve 17,536 acres of Marine Proteced Areas in Southern California. WILDCOAST works to preserve key ecosystems by applying conservation tools such as land acquisition, conservation concessions and zoning as well as developing protected areas. WILDCOAST helped conserve 1,125 acres of coral reefs in Mexico, and we will keep expanding our reach.
The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition
The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition is a group of organizations working together to conserve, protect and restore Florida's coastal and marine environment. The Coalition emphasizes the implementation of an eco-system based approach to coastal and ocean management, as well as recognition of the important linkage between the health of Florida's economy and the health of its beaches and dunes, coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses, wetlands and other natural resources.
Hawai'i Wildlife Fund (HWF)
HAWAI'I WILDLIFE FUND (HWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the CONSERVATION of Hawaii's native wildlife through research, education and ADVOCACY. HWF Team is made up of educators, conservationists, researchers, naturalists, communities, volunteers and donors devoted to the protection of Hawaii's fragile marine ecosystem and inhabitants. We bring a variety of experiences together to serve a common goal. We are actively engaging the community in research, education and conservation projects.
Wild Whales - The B.C. Cetaceans Sightings Network
Of the 23 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles in B.C. waters, 12 are listed under the Species at Risk Act as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. In addition, all cetacean and turtle species are subjected to similar pressures from threats to marine mammals and to their marine habitat. There are numerous organizations that are working to conserve marine species and the marine environment in B.C. The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network works closely with these groups, who all have a common goal of protecting ocean wildlife.
Marine Conservation Cambodia
At Marine Conservation Cambodia we offer a volunteer marine conservation experience like no other organization can.
Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute (Merr Institute)
The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. is a non-profit stranding response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. It is MERR's commitment to contribute to the preservation of these species through research and rescue efforts, and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness. MERR Institute, Inc. is authorized by National Marine Fisheries Service and the State of Delaware to be the official stranding respondents for the Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles of Delaware.
Pacific Coast Collaborative
The five jurisdictions of the Pacific Coast Collaborative share nearly 60,000 miles of coastline composed of densely populated urban centers, smaller communities and pristine wilderness. Protecting and enhancing a healthy and vibrant Pacific Ocean and coastal ecosystem is crucial to our sustained economic and environmental well-being, public health, and standard of living on the coast -- the Pacific Ocean is truly the lifeblood of the region! Following on and supporting the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (Action Plan, July 2008); the British Columbia - Washington Memorandum of Understanding on Coastal Climate Change Adaptation (June 2008) and the Washington - British Columbia Coastal and Ocean Task Force (June 2007), the Pacific Coast Collaborative is committed to leading the world in sustainable environmental management.
Save Our Shores
For more than 30 years, Save Our Shores has been leading efforts to protect and preserve the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Today, we continue these efforts through our three core initiatives: Plastic Pollution, Clean Boating, and Ocean Awareness. These initiatives guide the rest of our programs and campaigns to help us achieve our overall mission of caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action.
WSORC
WSORC was established to increase the presence and availability of researchers in Honduras to work with whale sharks. Our aim is to gather data on whale sharks and their environmental conditions.
Sea Life Trust
The SEA LIFE Trust is dedicated to taking action to conserve marine wildlife and the environment through global campaigns, innovative research and inspiring education. Our vision is a world where vital marine habitats and wildlife are respected and conserved, where fish stocks are abundant and plastic pollution is extinct.
Australian Institute of Marine Science
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia's premier tropical marine research agency. We play a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.
Heal The Bay
Heal the Bay was founded more than 25 years ago by a group of Los Angeles residents who couldn't stand to let the pollution from the Hyperion Sewage Wastewater Treatment Plant continue to destroy our coastal waters. Today, our community of staff and volunteers shares that same grassroots passion and conviction. We fight to protect the health of the ocean, its animals and plants, and all of the members of the public, like you, who swim, surf and play in the waves.
Ocean Ark Alliance
Ocean Ark Alliance (OAA) is not-for-profit organisation based in Australia, dedicated to promoting and sponsoring marine education and the conservation of oceanic environments (with particular emphasis on tropical coral reefs, coastal communities and polar biomes). Its appointed directors are Simon Marsh, Dr. J.E. N Veron, Guy Morel and its founder David Hannan. Dr Marc Y Burdick, a co-founder of OAA, is currently setting up a USA based branch of OAA. OAA is part of a global network of Development Partners which includes marine scientists, researchers and undersea explorers, film-makers, photographers, artists and media specialists, educators, conservation organisations and businesses. OAA has representatives in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, France, The Czech Republic, Russia, China, The Philippines, Japan, The Cook Islands, and The Seychelles.
Marinet
Our work at the moment is focused on the following campaigns. These are: Reform of the United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) based on the principles in the book Conserving the Great Blue, authored by Deborah Wright and published by Marinet. The rebuilding of fish stocks in UK and EU seas. Advancement of the use and development of marine reserves, with particular reference to UK and EU seas. Opposition to Offshore Aggregate Dredging.
Ghost Nets Australia
GhostNets Australia operates under a simple philosophy: "saltwater people working together". Everyone, from ranger to researcher, who cares for the marine environment is a saltwater person and only by working together can we achieve change. Since 2004 we have prevented over 14,000 abandoned, discarded or lost fishing nets from continuing their deadly journey around the ocean, where they trap and further threaten our endangered marine life by removing them from this system. We have rescued more than 400 marine turtles from a slow and painful death.
Ningaloo Turtle Program
In Western Australia's spectacular Ningaloo Reef you can experience a volunteer program like no other. The Ningaloo Turtle Program is based around one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world and is located approximately 1200km north of Perth in Western Australia. Teeming with a diversity of corals, fish and invertebrates, the reef provides habitat for some of the world's threatened marine species, including dugongs, whale sharks, humpback whales and turtles.
Sea Turtle Foundation
A group of sea turtle biologists and concerned volunteers formed the Indo-Pacific Sea Turtle Conservation Group in 2001 to address research gaps and threats to sea turtles in the north Queensland region. In 2007, the group became a formal company and changed its name to the Sea Turtle Foundation. In the ensuing years, Sea Turtle Foundation has expanded its activities to a national and international level and continues to grow, completing projects based on our three focus areas: Research, Education, and Action.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.
Archipelagos Institute
Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation is a Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1998. Archipelagos is committed to researching and defending the biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as of the NE Mediterranean region overall. Archipelagos' work focuses on a combination of multi-disciplinary scientific research with efficient conservation work, in which the local communities share an active part. This work creates a strategic foundation that enables and strengthens Archipelagos' campaigns at a local, national and EU level, to defend the rich biodiversity of the eastern Mediterranean from the impacts increasingly threatening it.
American Reef Coalition
The American Reef Coalition has been called on to aid government agencies, universities and other marine conservation non-profits with boat support. One of our approved purposes is to provide boat support to other marine conservation organizations. Not all marine related non-profits or universities have enough boats or qualified crew. Even government agencies involved in marine research can find themselves without boat support. The American Reef Coalition fills this void. As such, important studies which would have otherwise been postponed, are accomplished.
MARINElife
MARINElife is a charity established to co-ordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global research and monitoring projects. Through these we aim to further the conservation of the wildlife of coasts and oceans through scientific investigation and educational activities. Our projects started in 1995 with the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme; we now conduct conservation, research and education of the wildlife in the Bay of Biscay, the Channel, the Western Approaches and the North Sea.
Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation
At AMWRRO our primary objective is to rescue and rehabilitate injured marine wildlife from Australian waters. AMWRRO is the only organisation in South Australia licensed to rescue, rehabilitate and release all seals, all seabirds and all sea turtles species. We also work in conjunction with state departments to rescue and release dolphins and whales that are found entangled, injured or beached. AMWRRO assists with marine wildlife issues across Australia and when possible (or requested) we have the ability transport these animals to South Australia for treatment and rehabilitation and later return to their initial location. AMWRRO is changing policies and departmental protocol on how to deal with injured marine wildlife and is implementing minimum standards for other organisations in Australia to adopt when dealing with such species.
Marine Discovery Centre
Our aim is to encourage an appreciation and understanding of marine life with a view to promoting conservation and sustainable use. A Marine Discovery Centre with models, activities aquariums, trails and experiments that are innovative, interactive and exciting.
South Australian Whale Centre
There is plenty to discover across three floors at the South Australian Whale Centre. Some exhibits you will experience – A variety of unique and one of a kind murals, the Fisheye 3D theatrette (included in admission price), whaling artefacts and our very own kidzone.
Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand
These are the key issues we work on: Antarctica - including toothfish and krill fisheries, and the protection of the Ross Sea and the Southern Ocean. Aquaculture - including expansion of fin fish farming, changes to the Resource Management Act and role of the government agencies. Biodiversity - including the national policy statement on biodiversity. Coastal and Catchment - The integration of land and water management is seen most clearly in relationship between catchment management and its connection to the coastal environment. Climate change - including international and domestic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Founded in 1994, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to protecting the long-term health of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and sustaining the working waterfronts of our state’s coastal communities. Our members include fishermen, subsistence harvesters, marine scientists, business owners, conservationists, families, and others who care deeply about Alaska’s oceans.
MarineCSI
The Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded on the belief that focused research can make a difference in how we view and manage our marine resources. MCSI is committed to promoting important issues in marine biology and fisheries, and is currently involved in research projects around the globe dedicated to protecting and conserving marine resources.
ORCA
ORCA believes that the only way to protect our whales and dolphins is to identify areas where they're vulnerable and study their habitats. That way, we can protect these places by changing the way we use them. That includes shipping, fishing, noise pollution, marine litter and more. Best of all, this information can be shared and used across the globe. And that's the local solution to the global problem. We are helping the UK government identify important whale and dolphin hotspots around the UK coastline. We are helping the UK government establish the conservation status of the whale, dolphin and porpoise species that frequent our waters. We have identified the area with the highest recorded density of the elusive and rare beaked whales in the North Atlantic, helping governments create ways to study and protect them. We are creating a national network of trained marine mammal surveyors from all walks of life. We have brought together representatives from the shipping industry, NGOs, government and scientists to discuss and plan how to prevent large whales being hit by ships in the North Atlantic.
Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
WIDECAST, an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories, is committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations.
Save Our Sea Turtles, Tobago W.I.
Save Our Sea Turtles (SOS) is a registered community based organization, founded in 2000 with an ambitious mission to conserve Tobago’s sea turtles and their coastal and marine habitat through research, education and eco-tourism. We achieve this through the hardwork of our volunteers, the blessing of the Tobago House of Assembly and the support of institutional funders and individual donors. Our programs include: Monitoring and data collection on the three main leatherback nesting beaches in the Courland Bay area and at key sites around the island and offshore. Encouraging sustainable economic growth in the community by supporting turtle friendly businesses and tour guides. Working with local government, the private sector and the schools to raise awareness of turtle conservation issues locally and nationally.
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is a non-governmental research and conservation organization that has been protecting sea turtles since 1991. The small Caribbean island of Bonaire is our headquarters and home to three of the world’s six endangered or critically endangered species of marine turtles: the hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtle.
Nevis Turtle Group
The Nevis Turtle Group (NTG) is dedicated to the development of a Sea Turtle Conservation Program for Nevis that involves local communities, and ensure that sea turtles will be there for the use of present and future generations. NTG was formed in 2003 by Lemuel Pemberton. Once formed, NTG gathered together a number of concerned volunteers to help monitoring the nesting beaches on Nevis. NTG volunteers work at night on beaches around Nevis to tag sea turtles and collect information about the nesting and movement of Nevis' sea turtles. Additional information, such as levels of nest predation and poaching are collected during morning surveys. NTG also gives presentations about sea turtles at local schools and works to involve children in sea turtle related activities.
Ocean Spirits
Ocean Spirits is a registered, non-profit conservation organisation based in Grenada. From its inception in 1999, Ocean Spirits has focused primarily on the protection of marine turtles found throughout Grenada's coastal waters and beaches. Today, we operate a scientific research programme that spans 6 months of the year; manage a nation wide education initiative that to date has reached over 4000 students and continually develop the idea that there are no better stewards of Grenada's turtles than the communities that have historically relied upon them.
St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN)
The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) is a community based nonprofit organization founded in January 2003 which monitors nesting sea turtle populations & acts as an advocate for the strengthening of sea turtle protection laws. We are working in conjunction with the St. Kitts Department of Marine Resources and a number of national, regional, and international agencies along with local citizens to develop a long term sea turtle monitoring & protection program. Currently, our leatherback monitoring efforts are concentrated on the 2 primary leatherback nesting beaches & we are conducting early morning & night surveys, & tagging. Hawksbill and green efforts are concentrated on the main nesting sites and foraging hawksbills and greens are being tagged offshore. The data gathered is being used to promote conservation in order to improve laws & change long-standing attitudes regarding the importance of sea turtles not only to the island's ecosystem but economy.
High Seas Alliance
The High Seas Alliance is a partnership of organizations and groups aimed at building a strong common voice and constituency for the conservation of the high seas. The Alliance is currently made up of 29 NGOs plus the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The objective of the Alliance is to facilitate international cooperation to establish high seas protected areas and to strengthen high seas governance. Members of the HSA share and facilitate access to information in order to promote transparency and encourage an informed public discourse related to the mission and goals of the Alliance.
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