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2°C is a nonprofit citizen science organization with a mission of transforming anyone who enjoys the outdoors into environmental heroes. When our heroes carry one of our research-grade climate or ocean sensors, they become mobile data platforms, gathering essential environmental data wherever they go. Shared with scientists worldwide, these data are necessary for understanding and solving climate change and its impacts! Location: USA based
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Founded in June 1998, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Beyond its world-class exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific has extensive programming that educates and inspires people of all ages, connects science and the arts, gathers experts to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental problems, and conserves endangered animals and threatened ecosystems. The Aquarium’s conservation efforts include helping to save endangered white abalone from extinction. It was a key partner in the first-ever release of aquarium-raised white abalone back to the wild in late 2019. It was also the first public aquarium to successfully breed and raise endangered giant sea bass. These efforts will culminate in the release of the first aquarium-raised giant sea bass to the wild. The Aquarium is also involved in rehabilitating and releasing local rescued sea turtles. Aquarium staff members also participate in conservation work off site, including coral reef restoration and endangered bird programs. The Aquarium is tackling important ocean issues. It hosts forums on a variety of pressing environmental topics with scientists and other experts. In 2020 the Aquarium is hosting forums on the fate of Southern California’s offshore oil rigs and how to restore the public’s trust in science. The public can also learn about ocean issues in the Guest Speaker Series and Aquatic Academy adult courses. The Aquarium’s programs combine science and art to communicate ocean topics in innovative ways. Partners include organizations and agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ArtCenter College of Design, and XPrize. Arts events at the Aquarium in 2020 include performances by the Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Chorale, and Violins of Hope. It also hosts cultural festivals that celebrate the beauty and diversity of local ethnic and other communities. Events like Festival of Human Abilities and Autism Families Night highlight accessibility. The local community is a key partner in the Aquarium’s efforts on climate change resilience. The Aquarium has published informational guides and conducts community workshops and other outreach to ensure people are prepared to adapt to climate change and its impacts. The Aquarium also offers community science programs, giving local residents a chance to participate in conservation and help scientists with their research. These include a project monitoring sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 92651
We are Australia’s only national charity dedicated solely to protecting our precious ocean wildlife – a community of ocean lovers across the nation working for healthy seas. AMCS works on the big issues that risk our ocean wildlife. Together, we have protected critical ocean ecosystems with marine reserves around the nation, including Ningaloo and the Great Barrier Reef. We have led the movement to ban whaling, stopped supertrawlers, and protected threatened and endangered species like the Australian Sea Lion. Together, our community of ocean lovers save our oceans every day. The Australian Marine Conservation Society has been the voice of Australia's oceans for over 56 years.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation are working with the local tour operators and other businesses to identify and remove marine debris throughout the Florida Keys. Location: Florida Keys
Photography has the power to move people in ways few other mediums can. Photographs can make strong statements about our world and our lives. Conservation photography is no exception. As a form of advocacy, conservation photography plays a vital role in raising awareness of the threats to our environment and its inhabitants. If you enjoy wildlife photography, are a devout environmentalist, or just want to get involved in advocacy work then consider taking up conservation photography or photojournalism.
We are actively restoring coral reefs on a massive scale, educating others on the importance of our oceans, and using science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques. We work to support the reefs’ natural recovery processes through the large-scale cultivation, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically diverse, reef-building corals. We engage and empower the community to join us to save our planet’s coral reefs with dive programs, educational activities, scientific collaborations, and outreach. Location: Florida Keys
Dive Into the Pink is a salary-free, low-administrative cost 501c3 organization. The organization engages the scuba diving community to raise funds for cancer research and patient support. In the past, this has included donating funds to selected research endeavors for breast cancer research, and to supporting the dive community's COVID recovery. Location: San Diego, California, USA
We do beach cleanups at Bimini and help with coral/reef cleanups and with cleaning a coral nursery with field course students and our ecotour participants, respectively. Location: Data collection near Bimini, The Bahamas, and at Anthony’s Key Resort and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences, Roatan, Honduras
The conservancy’s mission is to enhance the resilience and local stewardship of Antigua’s marine ecosystems through restoration, collaborative management and conservation. Location: Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies
The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex is comprised of four refuges situated in the Florida Keys. Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located at the northern end of the Florida Keys near Key Largo, Florida. The Lower Florida Keys Refuges are physically separated from Crocodile Lake NWR. This group of three refuges, National Key Deer Refuge, Key West National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), is situated between the city of Marathon and the Marquesas Keys, which are located west of Key West, Florida. The refuge complex is managed as a whole with administrative headquarters at National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, Florida. Location: Florida Keys
Established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2016, FORCE BLUE seeks to address two seemingly unrelated problems — the rapidly declining health of our planet’s marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life — through one, mission-focused program. By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation, FORCE BLUE has created a transpartisan model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet. Location: global depending on projects
Greenpeace is an international network of independent organizations that act on the principles of non-violence to protect the environment, biodiversity and promote peace. It relies on a movement of committed citizens to build a sustainable and equitable world. Location: Global
Create the next generation of conservationists by providing education and opportunities to the children of small Mexican fishing communities. Location: Baja California, Mexico
The mission of the SubMerg lab is to conduct use-inspired marine science that spans climate change, foundation species, thresholds/ tipping points, ecosystem services, population dynamics, marine conservation, marine protected areas and fishery sustainability.
The purpose of the event is to help Antigua and Barbuda protect their coral reef ecosystems and create economic opportunities by developing a comprehensive community based plan to minimize the effects of invasive lionfish. Location: Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies
We are a group dedicated to preserving our oceans’ reefs and native fish populations, which are threatened in the western Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico by the invasive lionfish . We formed this non-profit to share information and resources relating to the infestation of this invasive species. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining these fragile ecosystems in the global community, and to fund efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of this invasive species. Location: USA & Antigua Project
It is the Polar Star that sets the course for the longITUDE 181 association. The association carries out public awareness, lobbying decisionmakers and developing programs for the study and preservation of large marine animals: sharks and rays, sperm whales. Symbols of wildlife, they are the best indicators of the health of the ocean and their preservation requires that of all the ecosystems on which they depend. Location: Global
Its mission is to understand and conserve the natural environments of Kimbe Bay and Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the benefit of present and future generations. This has been and continues to be achieved by supporting local resource management initiatives now and during the past. Since the inception of the organization in 1998, MND has reached out to more than 150,000 students and teachers, local communities and other organizations who are interested in marine education. Location: Kimbe Bay ,West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
The Manta Trust is a UK-based charity, with projects across the globe, Founded in 2011, they coordinate global research and conservation efforts for manta rays, their close relatives, and their habitat. Location: Global
Maui Nui Marine Resource Council works for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish for the islands of Maui County (Maui Nui). Location: Maui, Hawaii
The Micronesian Shark Foundation is based in Palau Micronesia. We were instrumental with the declaration of Palau as the first shark sanctuary. We have been involved with shark research and shark education since 2002. Right now we are involved with juvenile shark research in order to protect their habitat.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments protected by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It is the only sanctuary site located in the Gulf of Mexico. Location: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
We connect people with nature to drive conservation action for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. The National Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures— begins within the walls of our buildings, but it does not end there. We protect, enhance and restore natural resources through education and engagement, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices. Our conservation work is guided by three overarching goals— to combat climate change, save wildlife and habitats, and stop plastic pollution. Location: Baltimore Region and Chesapeake Bay
The conservancy buys or accepts tracts of land to manage and protect natural diversity. Their goals include climate change with smart policy, renewable energy transition, and creating a sustainable world. Location: Worldwide
Ocean First Institute is a non-profit organization with the mission of ocean conservation through research and education. Our organization is unique because we value the synergy between research and education. The purpose of our research is to protect ocean wildlife and critical habitats. We use the stories and experiences from our field work to educate and inspire young people in classrooms all over the world. Location: Boulder, Colorado
Objectives: Oceanic Research Group, a non-profit 501(c)(3) since 1993, is dedicated to the conservation of the world’s oceans and marine life through education. Using the power of visual media, Oceanic Research Group has created educational materials used in classrooms for over 20 years, produced documentaries for television and provided marine scholarships. Since 2008 the series, “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World”, has been the focus of Oceanic Research Group’s effort via public television and YouTube. Accompanying lesson plans, developed with support from the National Science Foundation, support the integration of “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” in science education nationally. More recently, Oceanic Research Group’s energy has expanded to the giant screen film genre with production of “Ancient Caves”, “Astronaut: Ocean to Orbit" and “Secrets of the Sea”. Location: Based in Massachusetts with global reach
People of the Water (POW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing people’s relationship with our aquatic world through exploration, education and conservation. Founded by Cristina Zenato after twenty-five years of living and working in the Bahamas, contributing to major projects to protect oceans, sharks and caves, the People of the Water is organized to widen the conduction and distribution of training, education, research, and studies relating to water, ocean and environmental issues, affecting both the people and the animals of said environments. Location: Bahamas with global reach
Why Plant A Million Corals? With 25-40% already lost, the worldwide coral population is in incredible danger. But there is hope. Dr. David Vaughan has been able to reproduce thousands of fast growing & resilient corals that can help to recover the lost reefs. With your support, we can help to ensure the survival of our reefs globally. Location: Global, but base of operations: Florida Keys
REEF was founded in 1990, out of growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the desire to provide the SCUBA diving community a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine populations. Our mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community. Over 16,000 divers and snorkelers have contributed to REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project through the years, creating the world’s largest database on marine fishes, with over 250,000 surveys conducted to date. REEF also conducts conservation work on endangered Nassau Grouper and efforts to control and understand the impact of invasive lionfish in the western Atlantic. Location: REEF Campus and Offices in Key Largo, FL, staff distributed in multiple locations throughout US and programs in oceans world-wide
Reef Renewal International works to protect and restore coral reefs worldwide by building and training a global network of restoration projects, currently restoring in Australia, Bonaire, Caymen Islands, Curacao and the USA.
Pioneering novel techniques to grow and restore coral reefs, Reef Renewal USA inspires volunteers to restore and protect coral reefs systems for future generations by using education, innovation, and science through grassroots community involvement. Led by Ken Nedimyer, the founder of Coral Restoration Foundation, and Mike Eschevarria, Reef Renewal USA focuses on restoring the Florida Keys reef tract.
Safer, Cleaner Ships is a grassroots movement of everyday citizens. Our organizing committee is led by Evan Haskell (President), Jolly Benson (Vice President), Arlo Haskell (Treasurer), David Dunn (Secretary), and Will Benson (member at large). The Haskells and the Bensons are brothers who were born and raised in the lower Keys and are raising their families here today. We answer to a committee of 2,500 citizen petitioners who care deeply about the future health, economic well-being, and environmental stewardship of Key West. These citizens led the petition drive that gave everyone in Key West a voice on cruise ships. Our supporters include leaders in the business community and many prominent individuals. To add your name or your business’ name to our growing list of supporters, please contact us. Location: Key West, Florida
Vision Statement: Sea Save Foundation stands witness to the health of the oceans and the threats they face, we document problems and develop solutions, arm people with knowledge, and tools so they can make a difference. With the public as our ally, we go to the United Nations and other global bodies to effect international change. We attend these meetings so we can offer creative, economically viable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly plans to decision-makers. Mission Statement: To generate consciousness and encourage stewardship of natural ecosystems while continuing with other charitable educational activities associated with this purpose. Impact Statement: Sea Save Foundation strives to protect oceans by raising awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival. We seek solutions, advance public policy, and drive advocacy.
Objectives: Sea Women Expeditions’ mission is to scout, record, and document disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. Through ocean research and dive & snorkel expeditions to the Arctic, we create opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous women to gain leadership skills and field experience in Exploration and the Arts & Sciences. Our vision is to foster a circumpolar network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women leaders who will shape the future of the Arctic and our planet. Together, these women create planet-wide ripple effects. Since 2014, in collaboration with Indigenous team members and advisors, our sea women have delivered an innovative ocean knowledge sharing and mobilization program in coastal Arctic communities, bringing the ocean to eye level for more than 1,000 Inuit youths, girls, and Elders in Canada and Greenland. Location: Arctic
We use science to educate and protect. This is our mission. This is what drives us relentlessly forward. The challenges facing this critical apex predator are many, and seemingly overwhelming. More than 100 million are slaughtered every year for their fins. Climate change is dramatically disrupting the oceanic ecosystem and food chain. And mankind’s attitudes are indifferent at best; savage at worst. We believe science—rigorous, peer-reviewed, professional—can inform and guide governing bodies and society at large to conservation policies that ensure the sustainability of all shark species. RESEARCH. EDUCATION. CONSERVATION. LEGISLATION. Join us on our mission. The sharks need all of us. Location: Worldwide
Understanding that conservation begins with our youth, Sharks4Kids works to create a new generation of shark advocates through education and experience.
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois is an indoor aquarium that has been educating the public about aquatic animals and their habitats since 1930. Conservation efforts include field research on shark protection, conservation management strategies for conchs in the Bahamas, and local aquatic habitats in Illinois. The Shedd inspires communities and individuals to act with them while encouraging decision makers to advance innovative policies that ensure healthy and vibrant oceans and local waters in the future. Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Whale Shark Mexico is a research project focused on conservation, education and sustainable management of the charismatic whale sharks! Whale Shark Mexico is proud to be responsible for a continuous monitoring program on the distribution and abundance of the species in the Gulf of California. This is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks can be found as both juveniles and adult pregnant females. Location: Based in La Paz, México and operates in the Sea of Cortez and the archipelago of Revillagigedo (Socorro).