Oceana is one of the few organizations that focus their work exclusively on ocean conservation. Photo © Aaron Foster / Getty Images.

Oceana is an international organization that has, in nine short years, brought about substantial legislative reforms to protect rare wildlife, helped to protect rare marine ecosystems, and fought hazards such as shark finning, longline fishing and drift-netting. Oceana helps protect the very core of our planet's health by protecting its oceans. Without healthy oceans, we can scarcely hope for healthy landscapes.

Our oceans sustain life on dry land through their role in maintaining the atmosphere we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Oceana operates under three main principles—that the organization remains completely focused on marine conservation, that they work on a global scale, and that their efforts are driven by a number of strategic campaigns. Oceana only works on a select handful of campaigns at one time. This better enables them to achieve specific, measurable outcomes. By funneling their efforts in in this way, they stay focused on finding solutions to specific problems. The areas of particular concern that shapes Oceana's work include overfishing, pollution, and misuse of ocean resources.


Oceana was established in 2001 as a conservation group whose work focuses entirely on ocean conservation. In 2002, Oceana merged with American Oceans Campaign, an organization started by actor and environmentalist Ted Danson.

Oceana's successes in the years 2003 through 2009 include ensuring the use of better turtle excluder devices on shrimp nets used in the Gulf of Mexico, initiating reform of waste treatment practices by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, helping to bring about a ban on sonar in European waters, and winning a campaign to protect dolphins, whales and other marine life from harmful fishing practices.

In 2010, Oceana petitioned the US Government to change the status of loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered. They also helped pass legislation in Chile that helps to ensure that farmed salmon do not escape into the wild.

How They Spend Their Money

  • 79.3% of expenses go towards conservation projects
  • 14.7% of expenses go towards administration
  • 5.9% of expenses go towards fundraising



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