At Green Yachts, we believe it is important that we care for our oceans that we so enjoy boating in.  There is so much that we boaters can do to care for our oceans in how we boat as well as increasing awareness and efforts to keep our oceans clean and protected.  We encourage all boaters to consider supporting the efforts of one or more of the organizations listed on this page.  And, if you have a suggestion for a great organization that is helping us clean up and/or be good stewards of our oceans, please share your suggestion with us so we can include it here!

4Ocean

We’re here to clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.  We are not a nonprofit and do not accept donations. Today, our ocean cleanup and advocacy mission is funded primarily by your 4ocean product purchases. In the future, we hope to advance our mission further by employing new business solutions to the ocean plastic crisis such as reselling the materials we collect and working with governments and industry for contracted waterway cleanup services.  We believe business can be a force for good and hope our model encourages others to pursue creative solutions to this global crisis.


Coral Reef Alliance

The Coral Reef Alliance works with communities around the world, helping to solve coral reef conservation challenges. Through collaboration with fishermen, government leaders, divers and scientists the organization leads holistic conservation programs that improve coral reef health and resilience and are replicated across the globe. The majority of the work is done in four critically-important reef regions of the world – Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia and Mesoamerican Region. Globally, CORAL is launching a new era of reef conservation that facilitates coral adaptation to a changing climate and expands the scientific understanding of coral conservation. The Alliance’s signature initiatives include: Healthy Fisheries for Reefs, Clean Water for Reefs, Intact Reef Ecosystems and Science of Adaptation.


Marine Megafauna Foundation

As the name suggests, the MMF focuses specifically on research and conservation for threatened marine-megafauna species, such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles. Founded in 2003, the organization initially was working with the large population of marine megafauna found along the Mozambican coastline. In recent years, however, MMF researchers have expanded their efforts worldwide. The MMF’s current research focuses on species-level population ecology and conservation biology. The organization also works to improve the management of existing marine protected areas (MPAs) and develop effective, long-term conservation strategies to protect and restore key habitats. On a regional level, it is a trusted conservation leader, empowering local communities to manage marine resources sustainably.


Marine Megafauna Foundation

As the name suggests, the MMF focuses specifically on research and conservation for threatened marine-megafauna species, such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles. Founded in 2003, the organization initially was working with the large population of marine megafauna found along the Mozambican coastline. In recent years, however, MMF researchers have expanded their efforts worldwide. The MMF’s current research focuses on species-level population ecology and conservation biology. The organization also works to improve the management of existing marine protected areas (MPAs) and develop effective, long-term conservation strategies to protect and restore key habitats. On a regional level, it is a trusted conservation leader, empowering local communities to manage marine resources sustainably.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

The nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. In addition to that, the organization coordinates marine conservation and research programs. The Aquarium is helping to save species like sea otters and white sharks, and giving a voice to urgent ocean issues at the local, state, national and international levels. The Aquarium’s Conservation and Science programs are tackling some of the most critical issues affecting ocean health. The Aquarium conducts research in the fields of population biology and ecology of sharks, bluefin tuna and sea otters. Finally, through their Seafood Watch program, the organization helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean.


National Resources Defense Council

NRDC works to protect our seas from pollution and exploitation. We help implement laws that allow overfished species to rebound, and we fight to protect coastal communities from offshore drilling. We work to ban destructive fishing practices, conserve ocean treasures, and improve stewardship of the world’s shared oceans, which generate trillions of dollars in economic activity.


Ocean Care

OceanCare has been committed to marine wildlife protection since 1989. OceanCare has made underwater noise an agenda item for the United Nations and works to ensure that ocean noise pollution is being reduced and in 2011 was granted Special Consultative Status on marine issues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.  . Since 1992, OceanCare has represented the interests of cetaceans at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).  In 2004 OceanCare became a partner organisation to the agreement of Mediterranean riparian states on cetacean conservation (ACCOBAMS).  OceanCare also focuses on the reduction of plastic, oil and chemical pollution of the oceans.


Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is a leading advocacy group working for the protection of special marine habitats, the restoration of sustainable fisheries and for reducing the human impact on ocean ecosystems. Founded in 1972, the organization focuses on educating the public and advocating for policy changes for maintaining vibrant ocean wildlife. One of Ocean Conservancy’s best-known efforts is the International Coastal Cleanup program. The annual cleanups bring millions of volunteers all over the world together to collect and document the trash littering their coastline.


Project Aware Foundation

Project AWARE Foundation is the organization working specifically with scuba divers across the globe to protect underwater environments. Focused on the critical issues of Shark Conservation and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. If you want to take part in one of the organization’s campaigns, you can explore the current Action Map  to find the upcoming events or even create your own event. You can also adopt a dive site to engage in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of a particular area, start a fundraiser with Project Aware or donate to the organization.

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