Goals: 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, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. Established in 1972, Ocean Conservancy is the nation's leading non-profit organization dedicated solely to protecting ocean environments and marine life.
The Ocean Conservancy is the founder of the International Coastal Cleanup, and works with its Maine partner, the Maine Coastal Program, as well as other state and international partner organizations, to collect trash and collect data on marine debris every year during Coastweek. Ocean Conservancy additionally focuses on restoring sustainable fisheries, protecting marine wildlife from human impacts, conserving special ocean places and reforming government for better ocean stewardship. Examples of our New England projects include working to protect New England marine mammals such as the harbor porpoise and Northern right whale, conserve valuable New England fish stocks, enact comprehensive ocean legislation in Massachusetts, striving to increase the conservation effectiveness of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, participating on the Maine Clean Boatyards and Marinas Initiative, and sponsoring regional National Ocean Science Bowl competitions for high school students.
The Ocean Conservancy members stay informed on regional, national and international marine issues through our website and award-winning quarterly magazine. Individuals can contact elected officials regarding critical ocean management decisions through electronic Action Alerts or volunteer for a Coastal Cleanup. Ocean Conservancy headquarters are in Washington, DC, and in addition to New England, regional offices are also located in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, and Texas. Visit the web site or contact the New England office for more information.
Resources: see above
Region: southwest coast Casco Bay midcoast Mt. Desert Island downeast central