Did you know that oceans are the least-explored places on Earth, with 95% yet to be explored? We need to protect ocean life and ecosystems that have been and still need to be explored.. As a follow up to Monday’s post about ocean conservation organizations around the world, today’s post offers you even more resources to check out.
The Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the world’s oceans, and their goal is “maintaining and recovering bountiful, diverse and healthy oceans now and for generations to come.” They also bring human beings into the equation, saying “Because the oceans are the Earth’s biggest life support system, everyone has a big stake in maintaining their integrity.” Their site is split up into three main sections: Identify Vulnerable Ecosystems, Advocate, and Protect. Explore each of these three sections to learn more and get related links, like to their Conservation Programs focused on ocean acidification and coral conservation, among others.
The Nature Conservancy has an Oceans and Coasts site about “Healthy Oceans for People and Nature,” saying “Our lives require healthy oceans for oxygen, food, jobs, medicines and more.” They have information about how they restore coastal habitats and how they are helping people and marine life adapt to climate change. Their projects are in 30 countries and U.S. territories and they operate with the goal of “Creating lasting conservation results that benefit marine life, local communities and economies.” Learn more about coral reefs, the pervasive threat of invasive species, and international efforts to conserve sea turtles, among other things.
For even more links and resources, check out Marine Bio, which has a list of marine conservation resources. You can search by Species (coral reefs, manatees, polar bears, etc.) or by Issue (climate change, pollution, sustainable tourism, etc.) Or you can simply scroll down the alphabetical list of marine conservation organizations, starting with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) all the way down to the World Wildlife Fund. To search by country, scroll down to the list of Regional Initiatives, which includes multiple organizations in Australia, New Zealand, the Sub-Antarctic Islands, the United Kingdom and the United States.