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General Resources

Blue Ocean Institute Blue Ocean Institute works to inspire a closer relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature. Blue Ocean develops conservation solutions that are compassionate to people as well as to ocean wildlife, and they share reliable information that enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps restore living abundance in the ocean.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, was created to assist the federally managed National Marine Sanctuary Program with education and outreach programs designed to preserve, protect and promote meaningful opportunities for public interaction with the nation's marine sanctuaries.

Activist Groups

Oceana Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they were in our grandparents' youth. They look to a future in which dolphin sightings are common along any temperate coast; in which the mighty swordfish, marlin and tuna are abundant once again; in which whales and sea turtles thrive, cod are plentiful on both sides of the Atlantic, local fishing cultures evolve rather then decline and in which fish are a safe, growing and plentiful source of food around the world.

Conserve Our Ocean Legacy Campaign The Conserve Our Ocean Legacy (COOL) campaign is a broad national effort to build support for ocean and fish protection. The nation’s fisheries have been declining precipitously for decades; America's oceans are in trouble and need our help. People who care about healthy oceans are going to have a chance to make an impact in the coming year as the government charts a new course, and we will be working with our coalition to protect and restore America's living oceans.

The Ocean Conservancy The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science–based advocacy, The Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, The Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans.

Oceans Alive The Environmental Defense Oceans program works to find constructive solutions to the most critical problems facing the world's marine environments. Their team of scientists, attorneys, policy experts and economists focuses on protecting ecosystems and fisheries. The Oceans Alive campaign builds on the team's decades of experience and efforts to stem the tide of decline in our seas. To learn more about ocean-friendly seafood and download Environmental Defense's Seafood Selector card please visit

Greenpeace Our oceans are in crisis. We know more about Mars than we know about deep ocean life, yet we are destroying it with seabed trawling. "Dead zones" of lifelessness, fishing stocks decimated, whales hunted to extinction: is this the future of our oceans? Not if we act now. They are our oceans and it is our choice. Join them in their global mission to save our seas.

Marine Fish Conservation Network The Marine Fish Conservation Network is the largest national coalition solely dedicated to promoting the long-term sustainability of marine fish. With more than 170 members - including environmental organizations, commercial and recreational fishing associations, aquariums, and marine science groups - the Network uses its distinct voice and the best available science to educate policymakers, the fishing industry, and the public about the need for sound conservation and better management practices.

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Waterkeeper Alliance Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. To champion clean water and strong communities, Waterkeeper Alliance: 1. Supports and empowers member Waterkeeper organizations to protect communities, ecosystems and water quality; 2. Promotes the Waterkeeper model for watershed protection worldwide; and 3. Advocates for issues common to Waterkeeper programs.

Surfrider Foundation The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Surfrider Foundation now has over 40,000 members in the USA; in addition, International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established in the 5 foreign countries of Japan, Brazil, Australia, France and Spain.