Oceana was established in 2001 by a group of leading foundations — The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
In 1999, these foundations commissioned a study and discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy — an appalling statistic. No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale.
To fill the gap, our founders created Oceana: an international
organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving
measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with
fixed deadlines and articulated goals.
The Ocean Law Project — also initiated by The Pew Charitable Trusts — was absorbed into Oceana in 2001 as Oceana’s legal arm. 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.
Oceans cover 71% of the planet and are the source of life on Earth. Over a billion people, including some of the poorest in the world, depend on the oceans and wild seafood for survival. But our blue planet is under threat. Each day we remove more than the oceans can replenish. We are draining our oceans of life and protein for a hungry planet.
The good news is that our oceans are astoundingly resilient. Contrary to popular belief, the sea is not ungoverned. Ten countries control most of the world’s wild seafood catch. Oceana has won critical policy victories in many of these countries, protecting more than a million square miles of ocean.
We can turn things around if we focus on three goals: ending overfishing, controlling by catch and protecting our ocean nurseries. Help us ensure that the oceans remain bountiful and beautiful for generations to come. Mavii has joined the fight to help our oceans. Stand with us by making a donation to Oceana today !