Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is an environmental nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Ocean Conservancy has emerged as a powerful voice to advocate for the protection of our ocean that is essential to all life and supplies much of the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and serves as the air conditioner for our planet. Through our programs, Ocean Conservancy provides leadership to champion the protection of special places, restoration of sustainable fisheries, the reduction of human impacts on ocean ecosystems, and the need for comprehensive management of our nation’s ocean resources and ecosystems.

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1300 19th Street, NW, 8th Floor , Washington , District of Columbia 20036 USA

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Ocean Conservancy works to keep the ocean healthy, to keep us healthy.

Our goal is to bring people together to find solutions for our water planet. We educate and empower people to defend not only the ocean and its wildlife, but also the millions who earn their living from the ocean.


We are a voice for the ocean.

Ocean Conservancy mobilizes citizen advocates to facilitate change and protect the ocean for future generations.


We advocate for science.

Ocean Conservancy champions research and monitoring efforts that will lead to innovative, sustainable solutions.


We build on a foundation of success.

Ocean Conservancy has been working for more than four decades to ensure the health of the ocean’s valuable natural resources.


We collaborate with partners.

Ocean Conservancy partners with unexpected allies to develop cross-cutting solutions that lead to lasting change.


We focus on people.

Ocean Conservancy is committed to supporting efforts that benefit the people who depend on the ocean for food, jobs and recreation.


We bring volunteers together.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up waterways and the ocean.

In 1972, Ocean Conservancy began as a small organization with a simple purpose: to fight for a healthy ocean.

Over the next four decades, our supporters helped us stay at the forefront of this issue as we developed concrete solutions that ensure a healthy ocean for generations to come. With each victory, you’ve helped us use science to inform our work with partners as diverse as our supporters — from fishing communities to major businesses.

Over the years, you've helped us:

  • Lay the groundwork for an international moratorium on commercial whaling.
  • Play an instrumental role in protecting fur seals from over-hunting and banning the international trade of sea turtles.
  • Create national marine sanctuaries and serve as the lead non-governmental organization in the designation of 10 of the 13 marine sanctuaries.
  • Address the need for better fisheries management and reduce the effects of bycatch.

But the increasing risks to ocean health make our work today more important than ever.

When the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 produced the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, we capitalized on our two decades of experience in the region to take a leading role in the assessment and restoration of damage.

With your support, our work in the Gulf continues today with efforts to advocate for science-based restoration plans that ensure this environmentally and economically important region's full recovery become a reality.

Since 1989, the International Coastal Cleanup has become one of the hallmarks of our work, growing from 12 sites along the Texas coast to more than 6,000 sites in more than 100 countries. With the help of the more than 9 million volunteers, we’ve been able to remove over 145 million pounds of debris in just under three decades.

But there's still significant work to be done.

Every day, we need to engage a wide range of competing ocean interests to ensure balanced, sustainable use of the ocean's resources, restore important habitats and help existing ecosystems adapt to a changing environment if we hope to protect the planet's valuable marine resources in the decades to come.

Join us in the fight for a healthy ocean and to stop the damage we see every day. By becoming part of this movement, you help us live out our shared vision: Be counted among the people who understand that we're not healthy without a healthy ocean.


Fighting for Trash Free Seas

We face many complex challenges when it comes to a clean and healthy ocean, but one problem is simple to understand: Trash.


Sustainable Fisheries

Protecting the Future of Fish to Ensure a Thriving Ocean, Healthy Food and a Wealth of Jobs.


Protecting the Future of Fish

Decisions about the future of fish farming – including the role of genetically engineered fish – should not be made in isolation, or in ways that threaten the health of our ocean.


Ocean Acidification

Gearing Up to Battle a Rapidly Emerging Ocean Threat.


Smart Choices for a Healthy Ocean

Comprehensive ocean planning maximizes our resources for commerce, recreation and conservation.


Engaging Partners

Ocean Conservancy recognizes that real leadership means developing cross-sector solutions that promote ocean health.


Marine Protected Areas

Preserving our ocean parks for generations to vome, marine protected areas foster vibrant, healthy ocean habitats.