We’re bringing the ocean into our daily lives and building the movement of ocean supporters. We can’t do it without you.

Our planet is mostly ocean, and we rely on it for survival. But we’re not taking great care of it. Overfishing, pollution, climate change, and other human impacts have led to depleted marine resources, unhealthy ecosystems, and disappearing species. But it’s not too late. 

At Oceanic Society, we believe that everyone has a role to play in ocean conservation. From the things we buy to the way we power our homes, the food we eat, and the way we travel, our choices impact ocean health. 

For more than 50 years, we’ve been working to connect people to the ocean and build a movement dedicated to solving the key ocean problems of our time—plastic pollution, unsustainable fishing & aquaculture, and climate change. Our goal is to improve ocean health by addressing the root cause of its decline: human behavior.

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Blue Habits

We’re working to bring the ocean into our daily lives with Blue Habits—a groundbreaking program that uses behavioral science to bridge the gap between ocean awareness and ocean action.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution harms ocean wildlife and threatens the life-supporting functions of healthy seas. Oceanic Society is working to reduce ocean plastic pollution worldwide in our homes, in coastal communities, and throughout the travel industry.

Climate Change

Climate change is causing warming oceans, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, leading to ecosystem changes, coral bleaching, and other significant impacts. Oceanic Society is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our daily lives and throughout the travel industry.

Sustainable Travel

When done properly, travel can be a powerful force for ocean conservation. We are pioneers in eco-travel and lead trips worldwide that provide life-changing experiences in nature, support ocean conservation, and shape the travel industry.

Sustainable Seafood

Most wild fisheries are fully fished or overfished, stocks of large fish have declined by 90 percent, and many aquaculture operations destroy coastal habitats, create pollution, and cause other impacts. Oceanic Society is working to positively impact seafood choices to drive a shift toward more sustainable choices.

Sea Turtle Conservation

Sea turtles are threatened with extinction worldwide. Oceanic Society works to strengthen local sea turtle conservation programs globally through research, communications, and targeted support. Our aim is not only to save sea turtles, but also to galvanize public support for ocean conservation in coastal communities everywhere.

Access to Nature

Access to nature shouldn’t be a luxury, yet many San Francisco Bay Area residents do not have the chance to experience our magnificent marine wildlife first-hand. Oceanic Society works to provide life-changing experiences with ocean wildlife to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area through our Critter Scholars Program.