List of Nonprofits Focused on Marine Conservation | Scuba Diving

List of Nonprofits Focused on Marine Conservation

Underwater coral with starfish

Underwater coral with starfish.


Recent years have seen a proliferation of nonprofit groups working on behalf of marine conservation. One of the best things you can do to help the environment is to join one of these groups and donate to the cause. Here are some of the best:

  • Blue Voice documents transgressions against marine life on film.
  • Conservation International applies science, economics, policy and community participation to protect ecosystems.
  • Coral Reef Alliance works with global communities around the world, helping to solve coral reef conservation challenges.
  • Coral Restoration Foundation engages communities in coral nursery and restoration efforts by encouraging long-term involvement.
  • Earth Island Institute serves as an incubator and support network for more than 30 conservation and restoration projects.
  • Environmental Defense links science, economics and law in environmental advocacy.
  • Florida Oceanographic Society inspires environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research, and advocacy.
  • Gili Eco Trust is a local non-governmental organization, first created in 2000, to protect coral reefs from destructive fishing practices around the three Gili islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan, off Lombok, Indonesia. The official Indonesian name of the Gili Eco trust is Yayasan Ekosistem Gili Indah.
  • Greenpeace uses nonviolent confrontation to expose environmental problems and to force solutions.
    • Marine Conservation Biology Institute works to protect and restore marine life.
    • Marine Fish Conservation Network lobbies government officials in support of marine conservation legislation.
    • Marine Megafauna Foundation has a mission to save threatened marine life using pioneering research, education and sustainable conservation solutions, working toward a world where marine life and humans thrive together.
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium coordinates marine conservation and research programs.
    • National Environment Trust's Global Ocean Legacy Campaign is a broad national effort to build support for ocean and fish protection.
    • Natural Resources Defense Council uses law, science and activism to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places.
    • New England Aquarium provides leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
    • Oceana works to restore and protect the world's oceans through policy advocacy, science, law and public education.
    • Project AWARE Foundation seeks to mobilize divers to help stem the threst from two major ocean issues – shark conservation and marine debris.
    • The Safina Center focuses on deepening connections between humanity and living seas. Formerly the Blue Ocean Institute.
    • Sea Save Foundation strives to protect our oceans by raising awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival.
    • 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.
    • The Black Fish is an international marine conservation movement on a mission to end the industrial overfishing of our oceans.
    • The Cousteau Society is dedicated to the preservation of nature for future generations.
    • The Nature Conservancy works to protect more than 117 million acres around the world.
    • The Ocean Conservancy seeks to inform, inspire and empower through science-based advocacy, research and public education.
    • The Ocean Project works to promote ocean conservation through zoos, aquariums and museums.
    • The Sea Turtle Conservancy seeks to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.
    • Reef Check works to restore and maintain coral reef health.
    • Reef Environmental Education Foundation seeks to educate and enlist divers in the conservation of marine habitats.
    • Reef Guardian International works to protect coral reefs and their marine life.
    • Reef Relief works to preserve and protect living coral reef ecosystems.
    • Seacology works to preserve the environments and cultures of islands.
    • SeaWeb works to link the media to marine conservation groups.
    • Shark Savers works to bring attention to and end the slaughter of sharks and manta rays.
    • Wild Oceans works to conserve the world's ocean fish.
    • World Wildlife Fund works to save endangered species and wild places.

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