Projects


The Ocean Foundation’s projects span the globe and cover a myriad of issues and topics. Each of our projects works within our four core areas: ocean literacy, protecting species, conserving habitats, and building the capacity of the marine conservation community.

Two-thirds of our projects address international ocean issues. We’re proud to support the people who run our projects as they work around the globe to protect our world ocean.

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Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program

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Redesigning Plastics

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Ocean Acidification Day of Action

In 2018, The Ocean Foundation launched its Waves of Change campaign to raise awareness of the issue of ocean acidification, culminating with the Ocean Acidification Day of Action on January 8, 2019.

CURRENTS

CURRENTS provides tools for taking action, while raising funds and awareness to help defend, protect, and preserve the causes our donors want to support.

SeaWeb

SeaWeb’s mission is to raise public awareness, to advance science-based solutions and mobilize decision-makers around ocean conservation.

SeaGrass Grow

SeaGrass Grow is the first and only blue carbon calculator – planting and protecting coastal wetlands to fight climate change.

Plastic Trash on Beach

Redesigning Plastics Initiative

Why Redesign Plastics? 50 years of exponential growth in plastic production has created more than 500 years of durable, persistent pollution. The burden of using plastic responsibly should not solely …

Aquaculture

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable aquaculture could be the key to feeding our growing population. Currently, 42% of the seafood we consume is farmed, but there are no regulations that constitute what “good” aquaculture …

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Scientist at our Ocean Acidification Monitoring Workshop in Fiji collecting water samples

International Ocean Acidification Initiative

Across the globe, seawater chemistry is changing faster than at any time in earth’s history. As increased carbon dioxide emissions dissolve into the ocean, its chemical makeup is altered, becoming …

Blue Resilience Initiative

The increasingly severe effects of climate change on coastal communities is resulting in recurring and widespread loss of property and human lives. The devastation inflicted by strengthening storm events and …

Ocean waves crashing on shore

71% Initiative

Ocean resources are shared and relied upon by all. Inherited jointly and freely, the ocean, coasts and marine ecosystems are held in trust for future generations. At The Ocean Foundation, …

Coral Fish

Friends of Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel International is committed to improving the lives of people around the world and the environments they rely upon through tourism. By leveraging the power of travel and tourism, …

Underwater Coral

Uncharted Blue

Uncharted Blue joins adventure seekers with world-renowned scientists and marine technology to fuel ocean exploration and conservation. Uncharted Blue’s vision and goal are to create a sustainable and scalable platform …

Ocean Skyline

earthDECKS.org Ocean Network

earthDECKS.org works to support the reduction of plastic in our waterways and ocean by providing a much-needed meta-level overview so that those concerned can more easily find out about organizations and …

Big Ocean

Big Ocean is the only peer-learning network created ‘by managers for managers’ (and managers in the making) of large-scale marine areas. Our focus is management and best practice. Our goal …

Sawfish Underwater

Friends of Havenworth Coastal Conservation

Havenworth Coastal Conservation was established in 2010 (then Haven Worth Consulting) by Tonya Wiley to conserve coastal ecosystems through science and outreach. Tonya received a Bachelor of Science degree in …

Trezco Systems

TrezCo Systems is a research and development organization based in Foster City, California with the goal of developing products and technologies to support ocean science exploration by citizen scientists and …

Conservación ConCiencia

Conservación ConCiencia aims to promote sustainable development in Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Anchor Coalition Project

The purpose of the Anchor Coalition Project is to help build sustainable communities by using renewable energy (MRE) technologies to power homes.

Fish

SEVENSEAS

SEVENSEAS is a new free publication that promotes marine conservation through community engagement, online media, and eco-tourism. The magazine and website serves the public by focusing on conservation issues, stories …

Redfish Rocks Community Team

The mission of the Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT) is to support the success of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area (“Redfish Rocks”) and the community through …

Overlooking Whales

The Wise Laboratory Field Research Program

The Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology conducts state-of-the-art research aimed at understanding how environmental toxicants affect the health of humans and marine animals. This mission is accomplished through the …

Kids Running

Fundación Tropicalia

Fundación Tropicalia, established in 2008 by the Cisneros Real Estate project Tropicalia, a sustainable tourism real-estate development, designs and implements programs for the Miches community located in northeast Dominican Republic …

Sea Turtle Research

Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund

This fund provides support to projects that enhance our understanding of sea turtles.

Future Ocean Alliance

The Future Ocean Alliance (FOA) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, neutral and independent global entity that creates an alliance of organizations and individuals seeking to address the concerns of governmental and …

Orca

Georgia Strait Alliance

Description: Since 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance has been the only citizens’ group focused on protecting the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia — the place where …

Delta

Friends of the Delta

The delta, this great wilderness we were so lucky to inherit, can’t take care of itself anymore.

Song SAA

Song Saa

The Song Saa Foundation, which is a not-for-profit body registered as a local non-government organization under the laws of the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia. The headquarters of the organization are …

Pro Esteros

Pro Esteros was formed in 1988 as a bi-national grassroots organization; founded by a group of scientists from Mexico and the U.S. to protect Baja California coastal wetlands. Today, they …

Nesting Sea Turtle on Beach

La Tortuga Viva

At the southeast corner of Playa Viva, a sustainable boutique hotel, an all-volunteer staff, comprised of members of the local community of Juluchuca, has set up a turtle sanctuary. These …

Coral Reef

Island Reach

Island Reach is a volunteer project with the mission to help build biocultural resilience from ridge to reef in Vanuatu, Melanesia, an area recognized as an ecological and cultural hotspot. …

Measuring Sea Turtles 2

Grupo Tortuguero

The Grupo Tortuguero works with local communities to recover migratory sea turtles. The objectives of the Grupo Tortuguero are: Build a strong conservation network Develop our understanding of human-caused threats …

Kids on Sailboat

Deep Green Wilderness

Deep Green Wilderness, Inc. owns and operates the historic sailboat Orion as a floating classroom for students of all ages. With a firm belief in the value of a sailboat …

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to recognize the ocean and humanity’s dependence on a healthy ocean for our survival. It also provides a chance for people to do …

The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) around the world. We provide cutting edge market research and related resources and strategies to help …

Tag A Giant

Tag-A-Giant

Tag-A-Giant Fund (TAG) is committed to reversing the decline of northern bluefin tuna populations by supporting the scientific research necessary to develop innovative and effective policy and conservation initiatives. We …

Workers Measuring Beach

SURMAR-ASIMAR

SURMAR/ASIMAR aspires to deepen our understanding of natural processes in the central Gulf of California to conserve natural resources and enhance ecosystem health in this important region. It’s programs are …

Sustainable Seafood

SmartFish International

SmartFish International aims to improve the social and environmental future of artisanal fishing in Mexico. They empower fishing families to catch and produce high-quality, sustainably-caught seafood. In turn, they cultivate …

Ray Swimming

Shark Advocates International

Shark Advocates International (SAI) is dedicated to conserving some of the ocean’s most vulnerable, valuable, and neglected animals – the sharks. With the benefit of nearly two decades of achievement …

The Science Exchange

Our Vision is to create leaders who use science, technology, and international teamwork to tackle global conservation issues. Our Mission is to train the next generation to become scientifically literate, …

Sea Turtle Census

Sea Turtle Census works on projects that work to conserve and protect sea turtles on nesting beaches throughout the Caribbean and in Pacific Mexico. Using genetics, we work to answer …

Loggerhead Turtle

Proyecto Caguama

Proyecto Caguama (Operation Loggerhead) partners directly with fishermen to ensure the wellbeing of fishing communities and sea turtles alike. Fisheries bycatch can jeopardize both fishermen’s livelihoods and endangered species such …

Ocean Revolution

Ocean Revolution was created to change the way humans engage with the sea: to find, mentor, and network new voices and revive and amplify ancient ones. We look to the …

Ocean Conservation Research

Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human-generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals. We do this …

Ocean Connectors

Ocean Connectors is an interdisciplinary education program that links students in San Diego, California and Nayarit, Mexico to foster the view of a shared global environment and to promote an …

The Last Ocean Project

Last Ocean Project is an organization advancing ocean issue awareness and promoting the creation of a global network of marine protected areas. Through innovative and creative strategies, we combine science …

Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program (LSIESP)

The Laguna San Ignacio Science Program (LSIESP) investigates the ecological status of the lagoon and its living marine resources, and provides science based information that is relevant to resource management …

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. 

International Fisheries Conservation Program

The purpose of this project is to provide scientific and policy advice for the development of innovative and effective policy initiatives for tuna. 

Hawksbill Turtle

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO)

 ICAPO was formally established in July 2008 to promote the recovery of hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific.

Deep Sea Mining Campaign

The Deep Sea Mining Campaign is an association of NGOs and citizens from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada concerned about the likely impact of DSM on marine and coastal ecosystems and communities. 

Caribbean Marine Research and Conservation Program

The CMRC’s mission is to build sound scientific collaboration between Cuba, the United States and neighboring countries that share marine resources. 

Inland Ocean Rally

Inland Ocean Coalition

IOC Vision: For citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coasts, and the ocean.

Coastal Coordination

Coordination provided by the innovative “Adopt an Ocean” project is now building on a three-decade bipartisan tradition of protecting sensitive waters from risky offshore drilling.

World Ocean

Blue Climate Solutions

Blue Climate Solutions’ mission is to promote the conservation of the world’s coasts and oceans as viable solution to the climate change challenge.