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SeaWeb is a Program of The Ocean Foundation, a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. The Ocean Foundation works with donors who care about our coasts and oceans to provide financial resources to marine conservation initiatives through the following lines of business: Committee and Donor Advised Funds, Field of Interest grantmaking Funds, Fiscal Sponsorship Fund services, and Consulting services. The Ocean Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with significant experience in marine conservation philanthropy, complemented by an expert, professional staff, and a growing international advisory board of scientists, policy makers, educational specialists, and other top experts. We have grantees, partners and projects on all the world’s continents. 

Our Mission

SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. To accomplish this important goal, SeaWeb convenes forums where economic, policy, social and environmental interests converge to improve ocean health and sustainability. SeaWeb works collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By using the science of communications to inform and empower diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation. SeaWeb envisions a world where all people act on the belief that a healthy ocean is vital to human life and essential to a sustainable future.

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Our Vision

SeaWeb envisions a world where all people understand and act upon the knowledge that a healthy ocean is vital to all life and essential to a sustainable future.

In line with our mission and values, SeaWeb has developed an Operational Sustainability Statement.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / Marine Photobank

Key Ocean Issues

Our initiatives and resources focus on some of the most significant threats to the ocean and therefore the health of our planet and ourselves: depletion of marine life, pollution, ocean acidification and climate change. We also recognize that ocean conservation is best achieved with an ecosystem-based, cross-cultural and multi-sectoral approach. With your help, we can achieve a healthy ocean.

Our Approach

Marine issues are complex and involve many different viewpoints and stakeholders. SeaWeb combines a unique, collaborative approach and strategic communications with sound science to catalyze positive change for our ocean.

Wolcott Henry / Marine Photobank

First we harness the power of social science techniques, such as conducting in-depth interviews and opinion surveys, to gain insight into human perceptions, behavior and level of knowledge about marine issues. This social marketing research and the latest ocean science guide our communications so we can effectively raise awareness of critical issues through our campaigns and other outreach. Once we have built momentum around marine issues, we then dissolve boundaries and broker constructive dialogue among stakeholders to forge strong ocean policies and innovative market solutions to ocean threats.

We continue to educate, engage and inspire the ocean spokespeople, champions and partners we cultivate through our various initiatives, activities and resources. Through this collaboration and continuous engagement, SeaWeb weaves together multiple, diverse and powerful ocean voices, those who can serve as living examples of how we all can work toward achieving a healthy ocean.

What We Do

At SeaWeb we:

Build communications capacity by providing scientists, business leaders, the media, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations and philanthropists with information and skills that enable them to help create a culture of ocean conservation within their sector.

Promote market-based and policy solutions by educating and mobilizing leaders in policy, science, business, and nonprofits around common-sense solutions for a healthy ocean.

Share knowledge and issue expertise by initiating strategic dialogues among scientists, journalists, policymakers and business leaders to promote informed government policies and industry practices.

Establish and execute emblematic media campaigns by designing a communications strategies that engage influential target audiences through effective messages and messengers to secure positive change for the ocean.

Amplify leading voices by working behind the scenes to recruit and train spokespeople and other partners to successfully promote strong ocean conservation policies and market-based solutions.