What We Do
Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.
Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were.
Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant.
Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet are play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide. They provide livelihoods to countless fishermen and others around the world. They also seas feed hundreds of millions of people and have the capacity to provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day. Unfortunately, the oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management — which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana is dedicated to advocating for science-based fishery management and restoring the world's oceans.
We envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life. Where enormous schools of anchovies, sardines and other fish are common sights. Where marlins, sharks and tuna roam the seas in large numbers; where coral gardens, sea-grass meadows and other ocean landscapes thrive and sustain its life; where dolphins, whales and sea turtles flourish; where local fishing cultures and economies blossom rather than decline; and where seafood is a healthy and plentiful source of food for hundreds of millions of people.
The oceans are vast, but they are not immune to human influence. We have already altered or destroyed marine ecosystems and driven million-year-old species to the brink of extinction. According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity.
We are taking too many fish out of the water.
Overfishing threatens ocean ecosystems and our livelihoods.
We are polluting our oceans.
Mercury, antibiotics, oil, and climate-changing gasses threaten marine wildlife, habitat, and human health.
We are squandering potential sources of food.
Seafood has the potential to sustainably feed millions of hungry people.
We are trashing marine wildlife and special places.
Destructive and wasteful fishing practices threaten animals and damage the seafloor.
We channel our resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance
We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans
Multi-disciplinary and expert
Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans