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Marine Conservation Organizations.  

Below is a list of organizations dedicated to marine conservation, with a narrative of what each one does, listed in three groups.

In the first group are the organizations used or recommended by Wetpixel members, the second lists the organizations rated by Charity Navigator –CN, and Guide Star –GS, and the third is of unrated organizations. Please note that an absent CN or GS rating does not mean it is negative, as all it means is the organizations have not yet been rated. I have quoted each organizations comments so each may speak for itself.  I hope this list will assist you, kind reader, to donate generously.  

GROUP 1. Organizations used or suggested by Wetpixel Members.

Sea Save Foundation  https://seasave.org/mission/

“I am a huge supporter (and a board member) of the Sea Save Foundation:”
Adam Hanlon
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L.A. Waterkeepers and Channelkeepers: “I have donated and have helped the LA Waterkeepers (https://www.lawaterkeeper.org/) and Channelkeepers (https://www.sbck.org/)  in California they are both part of the Waterkeeper Alliance which has other chapters and offer volunteer opportunities.”
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Conservation Diver  “I realize this is an old topic, but the non-profit Conservation Diver is amazing. They conduct research and education throughout many countries with local centers set up in each one.https://conservationdiver.com/
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Cyan Planet. “Hi, I am an ambassador for Cyan Planet (https://www.cyanplanet.org/). If you are a photographer or videographer and you want to do some good for the planet through your hobby, then share with us your pictures, videos and stories, help to build the community who will spread the word about issues of ocean. Best way to start is to contact directly Cyan Planet at. You can also reach me for questions of course.”

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Ghost Fishing UK is an award-winning British registered charity (no: 1174396). Established in 2015, Ghost Fishing UK is dedicated to removing Abandoned, Lost, and Discarded Fishing Gear known as ‘Ghost Gear’.

The organization consists of over 70 volunteer scuba divers, with extensive training in advanced diving practices, working hard to tackle the Ghost Gear problem.  Our purpose is to remove, where possible, lethal entanglement hazards to marine life and scuba divers from the marine environment."
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Misool Foundation  no blurb found
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Ocean Quest Global “is a grass roots organisation rehabilitating coral reefs organically around SE Asia. Training local people in coral Propogation and management. Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand is one latest example, where the area has now been closed to tourism indefinitely and thousands of corals been planted where they were previously destroyed. Highly recommended.”
https://www.oceanquest.global/
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Oceana  https://oceana.org,  is a 501 nonprofit ocean conservation organization focused on influencing specific policy decisions on the national level to preserve and restore the world's oceans”
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Ocean Conservancy https://oceanconservancy.org. Its goals are to promote healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems, and to oppose practices that threaten oceanic and human life. Through several program areas, Ocean Conservancy advocates for protecting of special marine habitats, restoring sustainable fisheries, reducing the human impact on ocean ecosystems and managing U.S. ocean resources, restore sustainable American fisheries and protect wildlife including marine mammals, sea turtles, and coral reefs  from human impact.
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Oceanic Preservation Society - https://www.opsociety.org. "OPS inspires, empowers, and connects a global community using high-impact films and visual storytelling to expose the most critical issues facing our planet." -
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Ocean Quest Global. . “Founded by Anuar Abdullah, an Oceanographer who has dedicated 30 years of his life to developing a method of Coral Reef Conservation and Propogation, that is now being implemented in 8 countries within Southeast Asia. The program includes training dive professionals to themselves be coral Propagation trainers and offer courses and volunteer programs to the public. Dozen of coral nurseries are being built and tended throughout the region.”
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Oceánidas, www.oceanidas.org is a “Spanish NGO with its international project "Red de Vigilantes Marinos" www.vigilantesmarinos.es that carries out cleaning of seabed and beach with volunteers. It is present in Spain, Cape Verde, Brazil, Peru and Colombia.”

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One Reef.  https://onereef.org is “a focus on community based conservation of reefs primarily in Palau and Micronesia."
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Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)  https://www.reef.org/   "is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in conservation-focused activities. REEF was founded in 1990 and is based in Key Largo, Florida, with remote staff in Illinois, California, and Washington. Its mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community. The authors of the well-known fish ID books, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, have significant involvement.

REEF encourages divers/snorkelers to become "citizen-scientists" and learn through an innovative and fun program to contribute towards a database of fish sightings. This started in the West Atlantic Region (Florida/Caribbean) but is now almost global." 

Members of Wetpixel rate REEF highly and can recommend the organization.
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Sea Legacy – https://www.sealegacy.org/our-work. "Sea Legacy combines decades of experience in conservation, photography, and communications, with the latest digital and social technologies, to build a healthy future for our oceans."
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Sea Shepherd  https://seashepherd.org. ” Sea Shepherd’s sole mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. We work to defend all marine wildlife, from whales and dolphins, to sharks and rays, to fish and krill, without exception.”
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Shark Trust https://recording.sharktrust.org/entanglement/record

“Check out this great opportunity to support shark conservation research by sharing your photos of sharks tangled in fishing gear or in marine debris.”
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Wetpixel Live: Shark Conservation and UW Image-Makers
https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/67594-wetpixel-live-shark-conservation-and-uw-image-makers/&tab=comments#comment-427310

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GROUP 2. Ocean Conservation Organizations rated by Charity Navigator (CN) and Guide Star (GS).   

Conservation Diver Foundation  GS Platinum  “Educates and certifies divers on reef conservation, top rated”. 
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Coral Reef Alliance ,
https://Coral.org. CN3 gold stars, Guidestar: give with confidence.
“We work at local, regional, and global levels to keep coral reefs healthy, so they can adapt to climate change and survive for generations to come. As one of the largest global NGOs focused exclusively on protecting coral reefs, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has used cutting-edge science and community engagement for nearly 30 years to reduce direct threats to reefs and to promote scalable and effective solutions for their protection.”
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Coral Restoration Foundation  https://www.coralrestoration.org .“We grow corals in offshore Coral Tree™ Nurseries, and then rehome them on.”  GS Platinum.
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Kuleana Coral Reefs   https:// https://www.kuleanacoral.com/ “Dedicated to Hawaii’s reef restoration.”  GS Silver
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Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota FL. www.mote.org  72 M assets. (GS Platinum)
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Ocean Conservancy   https://oceanconservancy.org/ "Give with confidence." Our work is focused on solving some of the greatest threats facing our ocean today. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, we bring people, science and policy together, to champion innovative solutions and fight for a sustainable ocean.
That’s why for over forty years we’ve worked to protect vital ecosystems, defend critical legislation, enforce accountability of leaders and legislators and rally the world’s largest effort to remove trash from our beaches. Because a healthy ocean means a healthy planet."
(CN 4 stars, give with confidence)
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Ocean Foundation   https://oceanfdn.org “For nearly 20 years now, we’ve strived to bridge a philanthropy gap – which has historically given the ocean only 7% of environmental grantmaking, and ultimately, less than 1% of all philanthropy – to support the communities that need this funding for marine science and conservation the most. We were founded to help change this less than favorable ratio.” GS Platinum, CN. 
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Reef Environmental Education Foundation. https://reef.org
GS Platinum  (Florida Keys, Caribbean, rated as very well organized)
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Reef Life Foundation   https://www.reeflifefoundation.org/
GS Silver  “The Reef Life Gift a Reef initiative uses your donations to install coral reef habitats in areas with degraded or dying reefs.  Every $25 donation adds one new ‘Coral Reef Garden’ to the ocean. Your gift will be in the form of a donation that can be on behalf of friends, family, or yourself. Donate to Reef.”
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Reef Revive Corporation. https://reefrevive.org   GS Gold 
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Sea Legacy Foundation - https://www.sealegacy.org/why-oceans. “Part of Only ONe Collective, dedicated to saving and restoring forests, sea life and corals.”  CN 79 green, give w confidence.
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Sea Save Foundation   https://Seasave.org 83%  give w confidence.
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Seacology  https://www.seacology.org/ GS Platinum   $3.9 mill assets.

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society  https://seashepherd.org  (CN 100% rating, give w confidence) “Alexandria VA  Sea Shepherd’s sole mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. We work to defend all marine wildlife, from whales and dolphins, to sharks and rays, to fish and krill, without exception.

Serving as the only fleet in the world whose sole purpose is to protect all marine wildlife, we are committed to the protection and enforcement of conservation law.”
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The Ocean Agency  https://www.theoceanagency.org/ GS Gold 
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GROUP 3. Ocean Conservation Organizations, Unrated:

American Oceans  http://americanoceans.org  The American Oceans campaign is dedicated primarily to the restoration, protection and preservation of the  health and vitality of coastal wateers, estuaries, bays, wetlands and oceans.
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Blue Ocean Preservation  https://www.blueoceansociety.org
“Vision-Our vision is of thriving marine life in the Gulf of Maine with citizens committed to environmental stewardship.  Mission-We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that protects marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.”
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Cyan Planet (https://www.cyanplanet.org/). “If you are a photographer or videographer and you want to do some good for the planet through your hobby, then share with us your pictures, videos and stories, help to build the community who will spread the word about issues of ocean. Best way to start is to contact directly Cyan Planet, or you can also reach me for questions.”
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Ghost Fishing (UK)  https://www.ghostfishing.co.uk  “Volunteer organization dedicated to removing abandoned fishing nets and gear in British waters.”
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Global Coral Reef Alliance, Inc   https://www.globalcoral.org/ 
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Misool foundation   www.misoolfoundation.org :Protecting Raja Ampat.”   

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Ocean Quest Global  www.oceanquest.global, “a grass roots organization rehabilitating coral reefs organically around SE Asia. Training local people in coral propagation and management. Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand is one latest example, where the area has now been closed to tourism indefinitely and thousands of corals been planted where they were previously destroyed. Highly recommended.”
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Oceana.  www.Oceana.org   Ted Danson  Pew Charitable Trusts. “Oceana, inc. is a 501 nonprofit ocean conservation organization focused on influencing specific policy decisions on the national level to preserve and restore the world's oceans.”

“Mission statement: Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans on a global scale. Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were.”     
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Oceanic Preservation Society - Louie Psihoyos, Director The Cove, Racing Extinction, California) info@opsociety.org.
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One Reef Organization.  www.onereef.org  “Dedicated to preserve and restore Palau and Micronesia reefs. OneReef is one of the 6 winners of the community award for ocean related climate solutions from Blue Climate Initiative for 500,000 acres managed with fisheries recovered.”   
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Save Coastal Wildlife  www.savecoastalwildlife.org  -
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World Federation for Coral Reed Conservation, Inc.   

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SOURCES:

1. mjrovner: Favorite conservation organizations
https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/63344-favorite-marine-conservation-organizations/&tab=comments#comment-401952

2. Google. As with so many other searches for information, Google provides fast, powerful searches. For those interested in donating to a local marine conservation organization, say in Florida, one can Google “Florida marine conservation organization” for an up to date list.

My thanks to Tim Gurney and Adam Hanlon for their kind assistance in the preparation of this review.

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Elias - many thanks for all your work on this. I hope this a useful reference for WP members. :clapping:

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One addition I'd like to make to one of the organisations already listed:

REEF.org. I've been a member and one of their surveyors since the early 2000s. I can recommend the organisation, their projects and programs highly. They taught me a massive amount about fish, their identification, behaviour and how to spot them. A super organisation. The authors of the well-known fish ID books, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, have had significant involvement with REEF over the years.

REEF encourages divers/snorkelers to become "citizen-scientists" and learn through an innovative and fun program to contribute towards a database of fish sightings. This started in the West Atlantic Region (Florida/Caribbean) but is now almost global. 

To quote their website:

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in conservatio. I can-focused activities. REEF was founded in 1990 and is based in Key Largo, Florida, with remote staff in Illinois, California, and Washington. Its mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community. 

 

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Thanks for the addition,  REEF I believe is already listed in Group 1, following Oceanidas and One Reef,  as:  
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)  https://www.reef.org/ 

Please add other Conservation Groups to the above list.
Elias

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Thank you Elias!

I would like to highlight the outstanding work done by Eve and Richard through Norwegian Orca Survey in the last 10 years.

Norwegian Orca Survey aims at publishing the most up-to-date knowledge on the killer whales that frequent the Norwegian Sea, through Photo ID, biopsies and tagging.

I have had the chance to meet them and was impressed and humbled by their dedication, scientific thoroughness and transparency in all of their work.

Alex

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1 hour ago, Kraken de Mabini said:

Thanks for the addition,  REEF I believe is already listed in Group 1, following Oceanidas and One Reef,  as:  
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)  https://www.reef.org/ 

Please add other Conservation Groups to the above list.
Elias

Doh. It is indeed, Elias. Apologies. The perils of reading too quickly. 

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This is fantastic, thank you for putting this together.

I thought I'd add my South African NGO - The RockHopper Fund - to the list.

We give live, interactive, teambuilding talks for remote teams.
Proceeds from bookings financially support our work of 13 years, which is focussed on sharks and marine reserves in South Africa and Mozambique. We're also able to share science and conservation successes during the experiences.

You can learn more on our website: www.rockhopper.co.za
Also, I have 1200 reviews on Airbnb: www.airbnb.com/shark

Keep up the great work - all of the organisations mentioned need everyone to support in any way, including this list - helping to make a bigger splash for the ocean!

Justin

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