• Organizations

    Unsurprisingly, people who fantasize about living in the ocean tend to feel very strongly about protecting it, and about environmentalism in general. Here is a list of some organizations that are fighting to protect our planet's oceans, and the creatures that live there.

    ​Oceana is the largest international organization working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, they have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures.
    Marine Conservation Institute
    The Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving our living oceans. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations around the world to protect essential ocean places and the wild species in them.
    Save Our Seas
    SOS is an international Hawai’i based non-profit organization utilizing education and research to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans for future generations.
    David Suzuki Foundation
    The David Suzuki Foundation works with government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today's situation demands.
    Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
    Over 70 organisations worldwide are working together under the umbrella of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) to protect cold-water corals and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. Together with the scientific community, we are calling for States to honour their commitments made at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)to protect deep-sea species and ecosystems on the high seas from the harmful impacts of fishing.
    Marine Conservation Society
    The Marine Conservation Society is a UK based group that works to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened sea life before it is lost forever.
    National Marine Sanctuaries
    Run by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, the National Marine Sanctuaries serve as the trustee for the United State's system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy.
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    1. AniaR's Avatar
      AniaR -
      Thank you so much for posting all of these they are so wonderful you did a great job
    1. should's Avatar
      should -
      Together, we can beat th is monster about the horrors that we see on a daily basis that is happening in this world.
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      Mermaid Miel -

      /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.
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      Mermaid Sirena -
      Thank you so much for this wonderful resource!
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      spottedcatfish -

      Surfrider foundation dedicated to protecting marine coastal areas, and conservation, by organizing volunteer beach clean ups and other campaigns to protect these areas, from pollution either man-made, or environmental disasters. Volunteer now!
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      Spindrift -
      Ocean Conservancy


      Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.
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      Mermaid Crystal -
      Save the Oceans
    1. LolaStarfish.mermaid's Avatar
      LolaStarfish.mermaid -
      I am passionate not only for sea life but for land as well.
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      Coralina Mermaid -
      Together us mermaids can save the Sea life
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      AniaR -
      we should add mission blue to this
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      swordwhale -
      Not sure of the protocol here, but I'll add the Cousteau Society I grew up with, and the Chesapeake Bay (my watershed) has dozens of organizations and individuals (including the Chesapeake Mermaid) involved in cleaning up and protecting and educating for it.

      The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its wa'as (ocean sailing canoes) Hokule'a and Hikianalia are deeply involved in not only keeping alive the Polynesian traditions of voyaging and navigating but of protecting the oceans they travel and have lived in for millennia.

      Locally, in the Chesapeake Bay, a tiny tall ship, Schooner Sultana, and a unique pungy schooner, Lady Maryland, as well as several skipjacks (oystering sloops) connect kids and adults with their bay and the ocean it is connected to.

      With a little digging, (or is that diving... into the depths of the interwebs???) I'm sure most of you have some local environmentalists who are making a difference!