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 Conservation Institute
The ocean is the Earth’s biggest life support system — the oxygen for every second breath we take comes from it. Healthy marine ecosystems are essential for human survival, wealth and well-being. Marine Conservation Institute works with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to build workable solutions to pressing ocean issues. MCI helps create an urgently-needed worldwide system of highly protected areas—the Global Ocean Refuge System—as a strategic way to ensure the future diversity and abundance of marine life. To enhance marine protection efforts in the U.S. and around the globe, MCI also built and maintain the world’s most comprehensive online marine protected area database, the Atlas of Marine Protection.
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.
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 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.