Past Grantees

FISCAL YEAR 2020 | FISCAL YEAR 2019 | FISCAL YEAR 2018

Fiscal Year 2020

In its fiscal year 2020, TOF awarded $848,416 to 60 organizations around the world.

Conserving Marine Habitats and Special Places

$467,807

Our one global ocean is a mosaic of special places, from the bustling vibrancy of coral reefs to the tidal pools of the rocky coasts to the stark, glistening beauty of the frozen Arctic. These habitats and ecosystems are more than just picturesque; they all provide vital benefits to the health of the ocean, the plants and animals that live in them, and the human communities that depend on them.

Caribbean Marine Research and Conservation | $45,005.50
Caribbean Marine Research and Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme for Cuba focused on recreational fishing policy.

The Harte Research Institute | $56,912.50
The Harte Research Institute will work with Caribbean Marine Research and Conservation to devlop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme for Cuba focused on recreational fishing policy.

Sea Mammal Education Learning Tech Soc | $80,000
SMELTS will conduct ropeless gear testing with lobster fishermen in New England and Atlantic Canada and cultivate relationships with U.S. and Canadian fishermen.

Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society | $50,000
SMELTS will conduct ropeless gear testing with lobster fishermen in New England and Atlantic Canada and cultivate relationships with U.S. and Canadian fishermen.

Ocean Unite | $10,000
Ocean Unite will use this general support grant to further its mission to supercharge positive ocean action by building ocean health and resilience and to highly protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.

Grogenics SB, Inc. | $30,000
Grogenics will pilot sargassum insetting in Miches, Dominican Republic by empowering a group of 20 female gardeners to grow and sell crops using regenerative agriculture with seaweed compost.

Surfrider Foundation | $2,200
Surfrider Foundation will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Lake Worth Waterkeeper | $2,200
Lake Worth Waterkeeper will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

1000 Friends of Florida | $2,200
1000 Friends of Florida will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc. | $2,200
Calusa Waterkeeper will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Healthy Gulf | $2,200
Healthy Gulf will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Audubon Florida | $2,200
Audubon Florida will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund | $2,200
Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Florida Oceanographic Society | $2,200
Florida Oceanographic Society will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

The Everglades Law Center | $2,200
The Everglades Law Center will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Ocean Research and Conservation Association | $2,200
Ocean Research and Conservation Association will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society | $50,000
SMELTS will conduct ropeless gear testing with lobster fishermen in New England and Atlantic Canada and cultivate relationships with U.S. and Canadian fishermen.

Marine Animal Response Society | $5,000
Marine Animal Response Society will carry out general marine animal response in addition to the completion of an investigation of the long-term trends in cetacean incidents in Eastern Canada.

Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (City of Punta Gorda) | $2,200
Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center | $2,200
Environment Florida Research and Policy Center will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida | $2,200
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Florida Conservation Voters | $2,200
Florida Conservation Voters will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Ocean Conservancy, Inc. | $2,200
Ocean Conservancy will use this grant for general support in recognition of the time and expense of participation in December 2019 Florida Water Roundtable in Jupiter, Florida.

Restore America’s Estuaries | $50,000
Restore America’s Estuaries will support The Nature Conservancy to develop a blue carbon project under the Verified Carbon Standard (“VCS”) related to the restoration of seagrass meadows at the Virginia Coast Reserve, which was the subject of a feasibility study completed by TerraCarbon for TNC in 2019.

Caribbean Marine Research and Conservation | $42,952
Cuba Marine Research and Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to devlop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme for Cuba focused on recreational fishing policy.

Cabet Cultura y Ambiente AC – Erendida Valle | $409.09

Marine Animal Response Society | $5,000
Marine Animal Response Society will carry out general marine animal response in addition to the completion of an investigation of the long-term trends in cetacean incidents in Eastern Canada.

Alaska Conservation Foundation | $2,500
The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network (housed at AOOS) is sponsoring Dorothy Childers to “produce a series of six podcasts on carbon pricing. They will be educational (OA Network cannot advocate for specific legislation) and aimed at the seafood industry so that they can learn about the various pricing tools, terminology, and concepts behind market-based approaches. The goal is to support seafood leaders in being at the table and supportive of pricing, and to give Lisa Murkowski some back up for advancing legislation as soon as such an opportunity is ripe (November 4, 2020?).”

DiveN2Life, Inc. | $2,027.60
In the Lower Florida Keys, DiveN2Life’s junior divers and scientific divers-in-training will investigate ways to improve coral nursery structures, develop research studies addressing questions they formulate, implement original ideas and methods for restoring coral reefs, and test their theories and approaches in the field by growing and maintaining corals in an offshore a coral nursery as well as at reef sites where restoration is already underway.

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center | $5,000
Environment Florida Research & Policy Center will educate and engage Floridians about the science behind the Florida Keys Restoration Blueprint and help them express support for these reefs through public events, petitions, and social media to show state and NOAA officials that many Floridians want to protect the Keys’ reefs and wildlife.

Protecting Species of Concern

$141,391

For many of us, our first interest in the ocean began with an interest in the large animals that call it home. Whether it be the awe inspired by a gentle humpback whale, the undeniable charisma of a curious dolphin, or the ferocious gaping maw of a great white shark, these animals are more than just the ambassadors of the sea. These apex predators and keystone species keep the ocean ecosystem in balance, and the health of their populations often serve as an indicator for the health of the ocean as a whole.

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative | $10,500
ICAPO and its local partners will expand and improve hawksbill sea turtle research, conservation, and awareness in Nicaragua while conducting outreach and awareness activities and providing socio-economic benefits to these impoverished communities with an ecotourism conservation program.

State University of Papua | $12,000
The State University of Papua will engage local communities to expand a science-based program to protect leatherback sea turtle nests in Indonesia by using nest enclosures, shades, and egg relocation techniques to increase hatchling production and reduce nest destruction from beach erosion, high sand temperatures, illegal harvest, and predation.

Ocean Discovery Institute | $4,000
Ocean Discovery Institute seeks to develop and enhance sea turtle bycatch reduction methods in small-scale gillnet fisheries in Bahía de Los Angeles in Baja California, Mexico.

Fundacao Maio Biodiversidade | $6,000
The Nha Terra Campaign is a national Sensitisation Campaign that aims to mitigate the consumption of meat in Cape Verde through a range of methodologies and targeting different audiences from primary school students to high schoolers, fisher communities, and the general population.

Sea Sense | $4,000
Sea Sense will lead a community-based sea turtle conservation program and ensure the integration of biodiversity conservation into urban planning processes in Tanzania.

Fundação Pró Tamar | $11,000
Projeto TAMAR will improve loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts and community participation at the Praia do Forte station, in Brazil by protecting nests, relocating those that are threatened, training local community members, and enhancing environmental awareness and community support.

The Marine Mammal Center | $1,951.43
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

University of British Columbia | $3,902.85
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $1,951.42
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

The Marine Mammal Center | $3,974.25
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

University of British Columbia | $7,948.50
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

University of Alberta | $4,000
University of Alberta’s Dr. Derocher will determine the movement and distribution patterns of polar bears during the spring in the nearshore area north of Churchill, Canada near the flaw lead polynya and assess the importance of harbour seals in this area.

Fundação Pró-Tamar | $11,000
Projeto TAMAR will improve loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts and community participation at the Praia do Forte station, in Brazil by protecting nests, relocating those that are threatened, training local community members, and enhancing environmental awareness and community support.

Dakshin Foundation | $7,500
Dakshin Foundation will protect leatherback sea turtles on Little Andaman Island, India by focusing on tagging, habitat monitoring, satellite telemetry, and population genetics.

The Marine Mammal Center | $2,027.44
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

Alexandra Fireman | $2,500
Alexandra Fireman, the recipient of the 2000 Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Scholarship, will monitor a population of nesting hawksbill sea turtles on Long Island, Antigua; analyze collected scute samples to obtain a complete isotopic record of keratin tissue for a subset of the Long Island population; and leverage long-term reproductive data and tracked foraging area information to identify the most productive and vulnerable hawksbill habitats and support increased protection efforts for these marine areas.

Asociacion ProDelphinus | $6,196
ProDelphinus will continue its High Frequency Radio Program which provides training and capacity building to artisanal fishers while at sea on safe methods for releasing turtles, seabirds, and dolphins; helps fishers in the election of their fishing areas; and provides helpful information during their fishery duties. In exchange, fishers provide real-time information about bycatch events during their fishery trips–helping to keep a record of species bycatch and other biological data.

ONG Pacifico Laud | $3,973
ONG Pacifico Laud will continue its communication with fishermen at sea with high frequency radio to prevent and reduce bycatch of sea turtles in Chile, while also providing training to fishermen to identify sea turtle species and engage in safe handling and release techniques.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $2,027.44
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $3,974.25
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

University of British Columbia | $4,054.89
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

International Fund for Animal Welfare | $10,000
IFAW will work with ropeless gear manufacturers and local lobster fishermen in New England, USA to test and improve ropeless gear design so that it is effective for lobster fishermen and safe for whales, as part of its holistic multi-year project to address entanglements of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Marine Mammal Center | $1,842.48
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

International Fund for Animal Welfare | $10,899.66
IFAW will work with ropeless gear manufacturers and local lobster fishermen in New England, USA to test and improve ropeless gear design so that it is effective for lobster fishermen and safe for whales, as part of its holistic multi-year project to address entanglements of the North Atlantic right whale.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition | $2,990.48
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition will use this general support grant to further its mission to protect the Antarctic and Southern Ocean’s unique and vulnerable ecosystems by providing the unified voice of the NGO community.

Association of Community Development of Women in Barra de Santiago | $1,177.26
The Association of Community Development of Women in Barra de Santiago and the Ministry of the Environment will create an educational curriculum for the community of Barra de Santiago to heighten local capacity and attitudes towards sea turtle conservation and protection of the ecosystems, with the ultimate goal to turn youth away from looking to sea turtle egg poaching as a source of income when they get older.

Building the Capacity of the Marine Conservation Community

$227,050

There are many outstanding conservation organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our ocean. The Ocean Foundation provides assistance to these entities, which have a need to develop certain skills or competence, or for general upgrading of performance ability. The Ocean Foundation was created in part to bring new financial and technical resources to the table so that we can increase the capacity of these organizations to pursue their missions.

Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program | $1,000
Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program will sent two researchers to the World Marine Mammal Conference.

Escuela Superior Politecnica Del Litoral | $7,500
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral will use and maintain the GOA-ON in a BOX kit to increase monitoring capacity in the coastal waters of Ecuador through the provision of seawater measurement equipment to ESPOL by monitoring and studying ocean acidification.

The University of the West Indies | $7,500
The University of the West Indies will use and maintain the GOA-ON in a BOX kit to increase monitoring capacity in the coastal waters of Jamaica through the provision of seawater measurement equipment to ESPOL by monitoring and studying ocean acidification.

Universidad del Mar | $7,500
Universidad del Mar will use and maintain the GOA-ON in a BOX kit to increase monitoring capacity in the coastal waters of Mexico through the provision of seawater measurement equipment to ESPOL by monitoring and studying ocean acidification.

Smithsonian Institution | $7,500
Smithsonian Institution will use and maintain the GOA-ON in a BOX kit to increase monitoring capacity in the coastal waters of Panama through the provision of seawater measurement equipment to ESPOL by monitoring and studying ocean acidification.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia | $90,000
Universidad Nacional de Colombia will conduct seagrass restoration in the marine protected area of Old Point in Colombia, with a focus on establishing the greatest efficiencies in the restoration process to be replicated in other areas and establishing the survival rate of each of the species.

National Fisheries Authority in Papua New Guinea | $3,750
A scientist at the National Fisheries Authority in Papua New Guinea will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment using such equipment for data collection to include–in collaboration with other local groups–fulfilling research needs, providing data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the OAMM program partners.

Madhvi4EcoEthics | $500
This general support grant will support Madhvi, an eight year-old ecoethics advocate and Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition who seeks to raise awareness about ocean acidification and plastic pollution.

Brick City TV, LLC | $5,000
The Toxic Tide Impact Team will coordinate a combined effort of environmental and other organizations throughout Florida, to raise primarily state, but national awareness as well, of toxic algae effects on: wildlife, human health, and inland and coastal waterways.

Brick City TV, LLC | $18,000
The Toxic Tide Impact Team will coordinate a combined effort of environmental and other organizations throughout Florida, to raise primarily state, but national awareness as well, of toxic algae effects on: wildlife, human health, and inland and coastal waterways.

University of Hawaii | $20,000
University of Hawaii’s Dr. Sabine will maintain a working version of the “Global Ocean Acidification-Observing Network (GOA-ON) in a Box” equipment in his lab as a resource for monitoring kit recipients around the world.  

Parker Gassett | $1,800
Parker Gassett will be a key organizer of Shell Day, the first-ever regional blitz monitoring event for ocean and coastal acidification.

Institute for Tropical Ecology | $10,000
To offset the carbon debt created by the S/Y Acadia while fulfilling her ocean conservation missions, The Institute for Tropical Ecology will conduct a reforestation project to reestablish the original biodiversity on what was previously a tropical farm.

Clean Energy Group, Inc. | $5,000
Clean Energy Group will provide travel stipends to individuals to allow them to attend the Climate Island Dialogue in Puerto Rico in February 2020.

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center | $2,000

Greater Farallones Association | $35,000
Greater Farallones Association will use this grant to support both its Kelp Recovery Program–the aim of which is to restore kelp populations through multi-phase, science-based research and restoration projects–and general support.

Abidjan Oceanography Research Center | $5,000
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Kouakou Urbain Koffi and Dr. Koffi Marcellin Yao to work with mentor Dr. Abed El Rahman Hassoun to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Cote d’Ivoire.

Expanding Ocean Literacy and Awareness

$12,168

One of the most significant barriers to progress in the marine conservation sector is a lack of real understanding about the vulnerability and connectivity of ocean systems. It is easy to think of the ocean as a vast, almost unlimited source of food and recreation with abundant animals, plants, and protected spaces. It can be difficult to see the destructive consequences of human activities along the coast and below the surface. This lack of awareness creates a significant need for programs that effectively communicate how the health of our ocean relates to climate change, the global economy, biodiversity, human health, and our quality of life.

INVEMAR | $5,000
INVEMAR will host the VI Iberoamerican and Caribbean Ecological Restoration Congress and V Colombian Congress in Santa Marta, Colombia, with about 650 attendees from different countries. The event seeks to generate a space for meeting, reflection, discussion, and projection of the advances and challenges of the ecology of restoration and ecological restoration, emphasizing marine and coastal ecosystems and their interrelation with other ecological systems.

Brick City TV, LLC | $7,168
The Toxic Tide Impact Team will coordinate a combined effort of environmental and other organizations throughout Florida, to raise primarily state, but national awareness as well, of toxic algae effects on: wildlife, human health, and inland and coastal waterways.


Fiscal Year 2019

In its fiscal year 2019, TOF awarded $740,729 to 51 organizations around the world.

Conserving Marine Habitats and Special Places

$229,867

Our one global ocean is a mosaic of special places, from the bustling vibrancy of coral reefs to the tidal pools of the rocky coasts to the stark, glistening beauty of the frozen Arctic. These habitats and ecosystems are more than just picturesque; they all provide vital benefits to the health of the ocean, the plants and animals that live in them, and the human communities that depend on them.

Conservación ConCiencia Inc. | $9,570
Conservación ConCiencia will scoping and plan a seagrass restoration project in Puerto Rico’s Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in collaboration with TOF’s SeaGrass Grow program by conducting a geospatial analysis to identify planting areas, focusing on a combination of both small repairs to fix individual seagrass beds damaged by hurricane and anthropogenic activities and large tract plantings in environmentally suitable locations subject to past disturbance.

High Seas Alliance | $24,583
High Seas Alliance will use this general support grant toward any travel expenses or programmatic activity costs incurred between February 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 which further its mission to inspire, inform, and engage the public, decision-makers, and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and conservation, as well as cooperating towards the establishment of high seas protected areas.

Sargasso Sea Project, Inc. | $30,500

MarAlliance | $57,327
MarAlliance will work with traditional fishers and institutional partners to conduct the first fisheries-dependent and -independent assessment of sharks and rays in Cabo Verde.

SeaGrass Grow | $5,968
Sustainable Restaurant Group offsets their carbon emissions by providing regular general support grants to The Ocean Foundation’s SeaGrass Grow program, which restores blue carbon resources like seagrass and mangroves.

Cuba Marine Research & Conservation | $45,006
Cuba Marine Research and Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme for Cuba focused on recreational fishing policy.

The Harte Research Institute | $56,913
The Harte Research Institute will work with Cuba Marine Research & Conservation to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme for Cuba focused on recreational fishing policy.

Protecting Species of Concern

$86,877

For many of us, our first interest in the ocean began with an interest in the large animals that call it home. Whether it be the awe inspired by a gentle humpback whale, the undeniable charisma of a curious dolphin, or the ferocious gaping maw of a great white shark, these animals are more than just the ambassadors of the sea. These apex predators and keystone species keep the ocean ecosystem in balance, and the health of their populations often serve as an indicator for the health of the ocean as a whole.

The State University of Papua | $15,000
The State University of Papua will engage local communities to expand a science-based program to protect leatherback sea turtle nests in Indonesia by using nest enclosures, shades, and egg relocation techniques to increase hatchling production and reduce nest destruction from beach erosion, high sand temperatures, illegal harvest, and predation.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $3,713
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

The Marine Mammal Center | $2,430
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

The Marine Mammal Center | $3,713
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

The University of British Columbia | $7,427
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

Dakshin Foundation | $7,500
Dakshin Foundation will protect leatherback sea turtles on Little Andaman Island, India by focusing on tagging, habitat monitoring, satellite telemetry, and population genetics.

Fundacao Pro Tamar | $14,000
Projeto TAMAR will improve loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts and community participation at the Praia do Forte station, in Brazil by protecting nests, relocating those that are threatened, training local community members, and enhancing environmental awareness and community support.

Asociacion ProDelphinus | $4,850
ProDelphinus will continue its High Frequency Radio Program which provides training and capacity building to artisanal fishers while at sea on safe methods for releasing turtles, seabirds, and dolphins; helps fishers in the election of their fishing areas; and provides helpful information during their fishery duties. In exchange, fishers provide real-time information about bycatch events during their fishery trips–helping to keep a record of species bycatch and other biological data.

The Marine Mammal Center | $3,974
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

University of British Columbia Marine Mammal Unit | $7,949
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

Sumedha Korgaonkar | $2,500
Sumedha Korgaonkar, the recipient of the 2019 Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle scholarship, will involve local residents in conducting an intensive survey of olive ridley sea turtles on sandy beaches from Dwarka to Mangrol, India from June through September, 2019. The foraging range will be explored for the first time by a novel technique of stable isotope analysis of hatched egg shells.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $3,974
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $2,462
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

The Marine Mammal Center | $2,462
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

University of British Columbia | $4,923
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

Building the Capacity of the Marine Conservation Community

$369,485

There are many outstanding conservation organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our ocean. The Ocean Foundation provides assistance to these entities, which have a need to develop certain skills or competence, or for general upgrading of performance ability. The Ocean Foundation was created in part to bring new financial and technical resources to the table so that we can increase the capacity of these organizations to pursue their missions.

WWF Sweden | $10,000
WWF Sweden will conduct Swedish research, education and practical nature conservation work to preserve biodiversity and to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, both within Sweden and globally.

University of Mauritius | $4,375
A scientist at University of Mauritius will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment, using such equipment for data collection, submitting data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the ApHRICA program partners as specified.

Government of Tuvalu – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour | $3,750
A scientist at the Government of Tuvalu will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment, using such equipment for data collection, submitting data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the ApHRICA program partners as specified.

The University of the South Pacific | $97,500
The University of the South Pacific’s project entitled “Blue Carbon Habitat Restoration Project for Local Mitigation of Ocean Acidification in Fiji” will conduct restoration work, ocean acidification monitoring, verified carbon standard measurement for soil carbon pool, and laboratory analyses at sites in Ra province on the main island of Vitilevu in Fiji.

Coral Restoration Foundation | $2,700
Coral Restoration Foundation will use this general support grant to further its mission to restore coral reefs on a massive scale, educate others on the importance of our oceans, and use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques.

Para la Naturaleza | $2,000
Para la Naturaleza will conduct reforestation efforts in Puerto Rico after the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and María.

UNESCO | $100,000
UNESCO will develop a marine management plan for Indonesia’s Komodo National Park through a series of meetings in Labuan Bajo and Jakarta to discuss the first draft with Komodo National Park staff, local stakeholders and central government, and will then share lessons learned with the wider World Heritage marine managers community.

Brick City TV, LLC | $22,000
The Toxic Tide Impact Team will coordinate a combined effort of environmental and other organizations throughout Florida, to raise primarily state, but national awareness as well, of toxic algae effects on: wildlife, human health, and inland and coastal waterways.

Eduardo Mondlane University | $8,750
A scientist at Eduardo Mondlane University will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment, using such equipment for data collection, submitting data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the ApHRICA program partners as specified.

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity | $4,375
A scientist at The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment, using such equipment for data collection, submitting data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the ApHRICA program partners as specified.

Fondation Tara Océan | $3,000
Fondation Tara will use this general support grant to further its mission to organize voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans.

Cuba Marine Research and Conservation | $25,000

Environment Tasmania | $10,000
Environment Tasmania will continue its campaign around special marine features of Tasmania’s Derwent River and its tributaries, with a special focus on Storm Bay, by examining threats to the endangered handfish communities, the specific threat posed by proposed large expansions of the salmon farm industry, and supporting community groups engaged on these objectives.

Ocean Crusaders Foundation LTD | $10,000
Ocean Crusaders will use this general support grant to further its mission to provide an ocean where turtles and other marine life don’t have to suffer from suffocation or entanglement from plastic and other marine debris by cleaning up waterways and remote beaches and islands.

FSF – Inland Ocean Coalition | $2,000
Inland Ocean Coalition will hold the first-ever Inland Ocean Action Summit, drawing 100-150 ocean activists from inland areas of the United States to raise the profile of marine conservation to be no longer seen as only a coastal issue by policymakers and others, but as a topic of national and global significance.

University of Hawaii | $20,000
University of Hawaii’s Dr. Sabine will maintain a working version of the “Global Ocean Acidification-Observing Network (GOA-ON) in a Box” equipment in his lab as a resource for monitoring kit recipients around the world.  

The University of the South Pacific | $3,750
A scientist at The University of the South Pacific will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment using such equipment for data collection to include–in collaboration with other local groups–fulfilling research needs, providing data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the OAMM program partners.

Instituto Mar Adentro | $910
Instituto Mar Adentro will use this general support grant to further its mission to participate in and promote actions to generate and disseminate knowledge about aquatic ecosystems and other associated ones, aiming to ensure the integrity of natural processes, environmental balance, and the benefit of today’s citizens and future generations.

Clean Up Australia Environment Foundation | $10,000
Clean Up Australia will use this general support grant to further its mission to inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up, and conserve our environment by working nationally to empower communities, businesses, schools, and youth groups to remove rubbish from our environment.

Mauritius Oceanography Institute | $4,375
A scientist at Mauritius Oceanography Institute will maintain the “GOA-ON in a Box” equipment, using such equipment for data collection, submitting data to GOA-ON, and reporting to the ApHRICA program partners as specified.

GMaRE (Galapagos Marine Research and Exploration) | $25,000
GMaRE will conduct ocean acidification research and monitoring in the Galapagos Islands, using Roca Redonda as a natural laboratory to understand the potential effects of ocean acidification in the Galapagos Islands as a model for the region.  

Expanding Ocean Literacy and Awareness

$54,500

One of the most significant barriers to progress in the marine conservation sector is a lack of real understanding about the vulnerability and connectivity of ocean systems. It is easy to think of the ocean as a vast, almost unlimited source of food and recreation with abundant animals, plants, and protected spaces. It can be difficult to see the destructive consequences of human activities along the coast and below the surface. This lack of awareness creates a significant need for programs that effectively communicate how the health of our ocean relates to climate change, the global economy, biodiversity, human health, and our quality of life.

Hannah4Change | $4,500
Hannah4Change will use this general support grant to further its mission to fight issues that impact the planet, with a focus on partnering with businesses and government to influence them to develop more sustainable practices.

University of Otago | $4,050
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Kotra to work with mentor Dr. McGraw to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Vanuatu.

The University of the South Pacific | $950
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Kotra to work with mentor Dr. McGraw to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Vanuatu.

University of the Philippines, Marine Science Institute | $5,000
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Mary Chris Lagumen to work with mentor Dr. Adrienne Sutton to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in the Philippines.

Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research | $1,021
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Adekunbi Falilu to work with mentor Dr. Patrizia Vizeri to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Nigeria.

Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies | $3,979
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Adekunbi Falilu to work with mentor Dr. Patrizia Vizeri to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Nigeria.

University of Miami | $5,000
This will fund Dr. Denis Pierrot (mentor) to visit Dr. Carla Berghoff (mentee) in Argentina, and vice versa, for training with ocean acidification monitoring systems.

The Ocean Project | $2,000
The Ocean Project will be one of the key hosts of 2017 Sea Youth Rise Up–a platform for young minds to generate discussion and action among youth around the world about how the global community can work toward healing our blue planet.

Island Institute | $9,000
Island Institute, in partnership with Bigelow Laboratory in Connecticut, will conduct ocean acidification research on the benefits of kelp on water quality, particularly around a shellfish farm, by deploy OA monitoring instruments at the Laboratory’s kelp farm.

Big Blue & You Inc | $2,000
Big Blue & You will be one of the key hosts of 2017 Sea Youth Rise Up–a platform for young minds to generate discussion and action among youth around the world about how the global community can work toward healing our blue planet.

Mote Marine Laboratory | $2,000
Mote Marine Laboratory will be one of the key hosts of 2017 Sea Youth Rise Up–a platform for young minds to generate discussion and action among youth around the world about how the global community can work toward healing our blue planet.

Environmental Protection Agency of Libera | $5,000
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Dr. Adekunbi Falilu to work with mentor Dr. Patrizia Vizeri to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Nigeria.

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research | $2,500
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Drs. Giannoudi and Souvermezoglou to work with mentors Drs. Alvarez and Guallart to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Greece.

Instituto Español de Oceanografia | $2,500
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Drs. Giannoudi and Souvermezoglou to work with mentors Drs. Alvarez and Guallart to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Greece.

Southern California Coastal Water | $5,000
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Merna Awad to work with mentor Dr. Nina Bednarsek to improve ocean acidification monitoring systems in Egypt.  


Fiscal Year 2018

In its fiscal year 2018, TOF awarded $589,515 to 42 organizations around the world.

Conserving Marine Habitats and Special Places

$153,315

Our one global ocean is a mosaic of special places, from the bustling vibrancy of coral reefs to the tidal pools of the rocky coasts to the stark, glistening beauty of the frozen Arctic. These habitats and ecosystems are more than just picturesque; they all provide vital benefits to the health of the ocean, the plants and animals that live in them, and the human communities that depend on them.

Friends of Eco-Alianza | $1,000
Eco-Alianza will host a ten-year anniversary gala.

SeaGrass Grow – Restoration | $7,155.70
Sustainable Restaurant Group offsets their carbon emissions by providing regular general support grants to The Ocean Foundation’s SeaGrass Grow program, which restores blue carbon resources like seagrass and mangroves.

Cuba Marine Research & Conservation | $3,332
Cuba Marine Research & Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to carry out research, due diligence, coordation, and development of a proposal to devlop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme focused on recreational fishing policy in Cuba.

Keep Loreto Magical | $10,000
The Ocean Foundation’s Keep Loreto Magical program will support a Community Organizer to promote the idea of protecting 5,000 acres of land on Loreto Bay, Mexico as Nopoló Park.

Keep Loreto Magical | $2,000
The Ocean Foundation’s Keep Loreto Magical program will support a Community Organizer to promote the idea of protecting 5,000 acres of land on Loreto Bay, Mexico as Nopoló Park.

The Alaska Center Education Fund | $1,000
The Alaska Center Education Fund will host a Clean Energy Solutions Roundtable with Senator Lisa Murkowski and her staff in October 2018 to share the ideas of Alaska’s young people for addressing energy efficiency, expanded renewable energy options, and climate adaptation.

MarAlliance | $25,000
MarAlliance will work with traditional fishers and institutional partners to conduct the first fisheries-dependent and -independent assessment of sharks and rays in Cabo Verde.

Cuba Marine Research & Conservation | $30,438
Cuba Marine Research and Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to carry out research, due diligence, coordination, and development of a proposal to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme focused on recreational fishing policy in Cuba.

The Harte Research Institute | $137,219
The Harte Research Institute will work with Cuba Marine Research & Conservation to carry out research, due diligence, coordination, and development of a proposal to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme focused on recreational fishing policy in Cuba.

Cuba Marine Research and Conservation | $30,438
Cuba Marine Research & Conservation will work with The Harte Research Institute to carry out research, due diligence, coordation, and development of a proposal to devlop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme focused on recreational fishing policy in Cuba.

Cuba Marine Research and Conservation | $10,000
Cuba Marine Research and Conservation will, in partnership with The Ocean Foundation, host five Cuba-specific exchange modules designed to share excellent practices in responsible and sustainable travel and tourism with Cuban government officials as follows: Natural Resources, Recreational fishing, Diving, Yacht cruising, and Culture.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition | $2,500
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition will host a 40th Anniversary/World Penguin Day celebration in April 2018.

Protecting Species of Concern

$156,002

For many of us, our first interest in the ocean began with an interest in the large animals that call it home. Whether it be the awe inspired by a gentle humpback whale, the undeniable charisma of a curious dolphin, or the ferocious gaping maw of a great white shark, these animals are more than just the ambassadors of the sea. These apex predators and keystone species keep the ocean ecosystem in balance, and the health of their populations often serve as an indicator for the health of the ocean as a whole.

Ocean Discovery Institute | $7,430
Ocean Discovery Institute will develop innovative acoustic deterrent devices to reduce sea turtle bycatch in U.S. and international fisheries with a focus in Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Universitas Negeri Papua | $14,930
Universitas Negeri Papua will engage local communities to expand a science-based program to protect leatherback sea turtle nests in Indonesia by using nest enclosures, shades, and egg relocation techniques to increase hatchling production and reduce nest destruction from beach erosion, high sand temperatures, illegal harvest, and predation.

Sea Sense | $6,930
Sea Sense will support a Conservation Officer network to lead sea turtle conservation efforts on nesting beaches in Tanzania while collecting nesting, mortality, and tagging data and employing a sea turtle ecotourism initiative.

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative | $14,930
ICAPO and its local partners will expand and improve hawksbill sea turtle research, conservation, and awareness in Nicaragua while conducting outreach and awareness activities and providing socio-economic benefits to these impoverished communities with an ecotourism conservation program.

The Harte Research Institute | $10,183
The Harte Research Institute will work with Cuba Marine Research & Conservation to carry out research, due diligence, coordination, and development of a proposal to develop and implement a broad sustainability-in-tourism management scheme focused on recreational fishing policy in Cuba.

Projeto TAMAR | $13,930
Projeto TAMAR will improve loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts and community participation at the Praia do Forte station, in Brazil by protecting nests, relocating those that are threatened, training local community members, and enhancing environmental awareness and community support.

Dakshin Foundation | $7,430
Dakshin Foundation will protect leatherback sea turtles on Little Andaman Island, India by focusing on tagging, habitat monitoring, satellite telemetry, and population genetics.

International Fund for Animal Welfare | $3,241.63

Greenpeace Mexico | $7,000
Greenpeace Mexico will draft a historical diagnosis of the events that led the vaquita to the edge of extinction and recognize the mistakes of the different government administrations that contributed.

The Marine Mammal Center | $4,141.90
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for The Marine Mammal Center’s mission to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $4,141.90
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

University of British Columbia | $8,283.80
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for the mission of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit to conduct research to enhance marine mammal conservation and reduce conflicts with human uses of our shared oceans.

The Leatherback Trust | $2,500
Quintin Bergman, the recipient of the 2018 Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Scholarship, will use isotopic values to evaluate the foraging ecology and distribution of nesting hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific Ocean, compare isotopic signatures of eastern Pacific hawksbills to current isoscapes, and integrate Stable Isotope Analysis with satellite tracked hawksbills to locate foraging habitats.

Asociacion ProDelphinus | $7,000
ProDelphinus will continue its High Frequency Radio Program which provides training and capacity building to artisanal fishers while at sea on safe methods for releasing turtles, seabirds, and dolphins; helps fishers in the election of their fishing areas; and provides helpful information during their fishery duties. In exchange, fishers provide real-time information about bycatch events during their fishery trips–helping to keep a record of species bycatch and other biological data.

Projeto TAMAR | $10,000
Projeto TAMAR will use this general support grant to further its mission to promote the recovery of sea turtles and carry out research, conservation, and social inclusion actions in Brazil.

ONG Pacifico Laud | $10,000
ONG Pacifico Laud will continue its communication with fishermen at sea with high frequency radio to prevent and reduce bycatch of sea turtles in Chile, while also providing training to fishermen to identify sea turtle species and engage in safe handling and release techniques.

Ocean Discovery Institute | $7,500
Ocean Discovery Institute will develop innovative acoustic deterrent devices to reduce sea turtle bycatch in U.S. and international fisheries with a focus in Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Associacao Projecto Biodiversidade | $7,000
Associacao Projecto Biodiversidade will continue its Nha Terra Campaign–a national Sensitisation Campaign that aims to mitigate the consumption of meat in Cape Verde through a range of methodologies and targeting different audiences from primary school students to high schoolers, fisher communities, and the general population.

Sea Sense | $7,000
Sea Sense will support a Conservation Officer network to lead sea turtle conservation efforts on nesting beaches in Tanzania while collecting nesting, mortality, and tagging data and employing a sea turtle ecotourism initiative.

Noyo Center for Marine Science | $2,430
North Coast Brewing Company provides regular general support for Noyo Center for Marine Science’s educational programs to inspire ocean conservation.

Building the Capacity of the Marine Conservation Community

$160,135

There are many outstanding conservation organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our ocean. The Ocean Foundation provides assistance to these entities, which have a need to develop certain skills or competence, or for general upgrading of performance ability. The Ocean Foundation was created in part to bring new financial and technical resources to the table so that we can increase the capacity of these organizations to pursue their missions.

Asociacion de Naturalistas del Sureste | $10,000
Asociacion de Naturalistas del Sureste will use this general support grant to further its mission to disseminate, study, and defend nature and the environment in southeast Spain.

Circular Economy Portugal – CEP | $10,000
Portuguese Economy Circular will use this general support grant to further its mission to accelerate the transition to the circular economy in Portugal.

Environmental Monitoring Group | $10,000
Environmental Monitoring Group will use this general support grant to further its mission to help to build democratic and fair decision-making processes that relate to the use and management of natural resources in South Africa.

Take 3 | $10,000
Take 3 will use this general support grant to further its mission to inspire people to take three pieces of trash anytime they leave the beach or waterway; deliver education programs in schools, surf clubs, and communities; and support campaigns and initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.

Ocean Recovery Alliance Ltd. | $10,000
Ocean Recovery Alliance will use this general support grant to further its mission to bring together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improve our ocean environment.

Brick City TV, LLC | $27,000
The Toxic Tide Impact Team will coordinate a combined effort of environmental and other organizations throughout Florida, to raise primarily state, but national awareness as well, of toxic algae effects on: wildlife, human health, and inland and coastal waterways.

Ocean River Institute | $25,200
Ocean River Institute will conduct citizen science with an inexpensive conductivity depth temperature instrument to record and track the thermocline in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

Coral Restoration Foundation | $1,600
Coral Restoration Foundation will use this general support grant to further its mission to restore coral reefs on a massive scale, educate others on the importance of our oceans, and use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques.

University of Hawaii | $20,000
University of Hawaii’s Dr. Sabine will maintain a working version of the “Global Ocean Acidification-Observing Network (GOA-ON) in a Box” equipment in his lab as a resource for monitoring kit recipients around the world.  

Eugenia Barroca Pereira de Rocha | $635
Eugénia Rocha, the Portuguese Delegate for the Youth Advisory Council for World Oceans Day, will attend the 2018 World Ocean Summit as one of 15 Ocean Youth Leaders awarded a complementary guest pass.

Projeto TAMAR | $10,000
Projeto TAMAR will improve loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts and community participation at the Praia do Forte station, in Brazil by protecting nests, relocating those that are threatened, training local community members, and enhancing environmental awareness and community support.

Terra Marine Research & Education | $5,000
Terra Marine Research and Education will use this general support grant to further to spay and neuter dogs and cats in Loreto, Mexico for the improvement of this coastal town.

Ghost Fishing | $10,000
Healthy Seas will use this general support grant to further its mission to clean the oceans and seas of marine litter such as derelict fishnets responsible for the needless death of marine animals by recycling this litter into high-quality raw material for brand new products such as socks, swimwear, carpets, and other textiles.

China Blue | $10,000
China Blue will use this general support grant to further its mission to promote responsible aquaculture and sustainable fishery in China and to catalyze sustainable development of China’s seafood market through driving suppliers and buyers to explore and adopt environment-friendly practices.

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership | $700
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will hold a congressional briefing to leverage the visibility of the upcoming Ocean Plastics Lab on the mall in DC. The Ocean Foundation’s grant will support the academic speaker and some refreshments.

Expanding Ocean Literacy and Awareness

$13,295

One of the most significant barriers to progress in the marine conservation sector is a lack of real understanding about the vulnerability and connectivity of ocean systems. It is easy to think of the ocean as a vast, almost unlimited source of food and recreation with abundant animals, plants, and protected spaces. It can be difficult to see the destructive consequences of human activities along the coast and below the surface. This lack of awareness creates a significant need for programs that effectively communicate how the health of our ocean relates to climate change, the global economy, biodiversity, human health, and our quality of life.

Mote Marine Laboratory | $2,000
Mote Marine Laboratory will be one of the key hosts of 2017 Sea Youth Rise Up–a platform for young minds to generate discussion and action among youth around the world about how the global community can work toward healing our blue planet.

SeaGrass Grow – Education | $795.07
Sustainable Restaurant Group provides regular general support grants to The Ocean Foundation’s SeaGrass Grow program to be used specifically for education purposes.

Abed El Rahman Hassoun | $500
Abed El Rahman Hassoun will pay for his hotel and registration to attend the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting where he will present on the topic, “Designing Support Systems for a Changing Ocean with Decision Makers and Regional Stakeholders in Mind.”

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity | $5,000
The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity’s Carla Edworthy will attend a training course for early career ocean acidification researchers at University of Gothenberg in Sweden titled, “Practical training course on best practices for ocean acidication biological experiments: from experimental design to data analysis.”

University of Costa Rica | $5,000
This grant from the Pier2Peer Fund will support Celeste Noguera to work with her mentor, Cristian Vargas, to improve her ocean acidification monitoring systems in Costa Rica.