Non Profit Spotlight: Oceana

Oceana is a non profit organization established by a group of leading foundations. They include: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), Sandler Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund — after a 1999 study they commissioned discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy.


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No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. Oceana: an international organization focused solely on oceans, was created to achieve measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.

Oceana absorbed The Ocean Law Project, which The Pew Charitable Trusts had initiated, as its legal arm in 2001. In 2002, Oceana merged with American Oceans Campaign, founded by actor and environmentalist Ted Danson, to more effectively address our common mission of protecting and restoring the world’s oceans.

Oceana’s Wins

Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 225 victories and protected more than 4.5 million square miles of ocean. Find out more about how Oceana is helping to save the oceans victory by victory. 

Photo courtesy of Oceana

The Earth already harbors 7 billion people, and experts anticipate this figure to reach a staggering 9 billion by 2050. The planet must produce 70 percent more food to meet the coming hunger needs, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Right now, 795 million people on this planet suffer from hunger, and there is not enough arable land and fresh water to feed 2 billion more without incurring severe losses to the natural world. 

Make a difference

Wild fish produce little carbon dioxide and do not require arable land. They also provide healthy protein at a cost per pound lower than beef, chicken, lamb or pork. Unfortunately, studies show that irresponsible fishing has reduced many wild fish populations to historically low levels. This is occurring right at the moment when the world needs its oceans more than ever. With proper management, we can rebuild ocean biodiversity and abundance. Then we will be able to feed a billion people a healthy seafood meal each day. Find out more about this organization, and how you can help on its website –

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