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Our Mission

Oceanic Society works to improve ocean health by deepening the connections between people and nature to address the root cause of its decline: human behavior.

As America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, Oceanic Society has worked for more than 50 years to inspire and empower people worldwide to take part in building a healthy future for the world’s oceans. Through our work we are:

Bringing the ocean into our daily lives with Blue Habits—a science-based effort to motivate simple, daily choices that lead to healthier oceans.

Supporting efforts worldwide that engage coastal communities in protecting threatened marine species and their habitats.

Leading expeditions that give people life-changing experiences in nature, support ocean research and conservation, and shape the travel industry.

Together, these strategies aim to "move the needle" in ways that measurably improve ocean health and reduce the hazards that humans pose to oceans over time.

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Our Work

We’re working to connect people to the ocean and build a movement dedicated to solving the key ocean problems of our time. Learn about our programs to reduce ocean plastic pollution, curb climate change, save sea turtles, and more.

Our Staff

Our dynamic staff are based on both coasts of the U.S.

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Roderic Mast

President and CEO
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Brian Hutchinson

Vice President of Outreach
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Wayne Sentman

Director of Conservation Travel Programs
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Nicole Bouharb

Director of Finance and Operations
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Lindsay Mosher

Blue Habits Project Manager

Chris Biertuempfel

California Programs Manager
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Rosie Jeffrey

Manager of Strategic Growth & Partnerships
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Pei Lun Lee

Conservation Travel Program Coordinator
Ashleigh Bandimere

Ashleigh Bandimere

Sea Turtle Program Coordinator

Linda Sue Brown



Oceanic Society is governed by an active and committed board of directors.

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Zachary Rabinor

Board Chair
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Chuck Betlach

Board Vice Chair
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Sylvia Earle

Board Member
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Finn Torgrimsen Longinotto

Board Member
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Hari Balasubramanian

Board Member
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Marilyn Pearson

Board Member
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Mark Stanley

Board Member


As America’s first non-profit organization dedicated to the ocean, Oceanic Society helped build the modern ocean conservation movement and pioneered the ecotourism industry. Learn more about our history and accomplishments.


Access our latest financial statements at the links below.