Our Work

Oceanic Society Mission

How We Work | Conservation Programs | Protected Areas | Research | Grassroots Organizations
Public Awareness
| eco-sustainability

Oceanic Society’s mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature through research, community engagement, and firsthand experience.

How We Work

Established in 1969 as a non-profit conservation organization, Oceanic Society is one of the first non-profit organizations dedicated to ocean conservation. Our approach is to collaborate with local communities on conservation initiatives and build local capacity to achieve long-term results. We also promote sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to those destructive to wildlife and natural habitats, primarily through our innovative expeditions program which was founded in 1972. Our wildlife conservation projects enjoy widespread support because we work with local communities from the outset. We have found this approach consistently leads to effective environmental conservation.

Oceanic Society’s four primary conservation programs:

  • Conservation and Establishment of Protected Areas

  • Public awareness and Environmental Education

  • Scientific research

  • Eco-sustainable economies

Conservation & Establishment of Protected Areas  

  • Encouraging national protected areas

  • Establishing private protected areas through conservation land purchase

  • The Oceanic Society has an integrated approach to marine life preservation, combining several initiates to achieve a single goal. It includes:

    Scientific Research

    Effective environmental conservation requires thorough and credible scientific data. The conservation-based research that Oceanic Society funds and initiates around the world is the foundation for establishing and maintaining marine sanctuaries and recommending solutions to environmental problems. We work in partnership with local groups and agencies in the development of research goals and objectives.

    Through our research we:

    • Identify critical environmental problems
    • Collaborate with universities
    • Cnduct long-term field research
    • Provide professional training on a local level
    • Translate scientific findings into conservation policy proposals
    • Disseminate research results to local communities and conservation groups, and work with them to develop measures for protecting the environment.

    Working with Local Grassroots Organizations

    Sustained collaborations to strengthen local grassroots organizations has always defined the Society’s approach to environmentalism. From local capacity building to assisting with the establishment of alternative livelihoods, working with local communities to achieve sustainability is inherent to the organization’s mission.

    • In Suriname, the Society works with the local ngo Stinasu holding training workshops for local rangers and field staff on sea turtle conservation principles.
    • In Uithi Micronesia, community members are trained to collect sea turtle life history information so activities affecting sea turtles can be managed locally

    Environmental Awareness & Public Education

    Environmental education is fundamental to marine wildlife and habitat protection. Through our education program we:

    • Develop and provide educational nature expeditions, student field programs and accredited courses
    • Offer student internships and train field personnel
    • Disseminate information in a range of formats including school programs, speaker's bureaus, pamphlets, field guides, and scientific and technical papers
    • Monitor changes of environmental conditions and provide data to local agencies and groups, as well as to the research and conservation communities.

    At the Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station in Belize, we promote research and education in support of the local community, as well as the global scientific and conservation communities.

    Oceanic Society offers the rare opportunity to work up close with marine wildlife, assisting Oceanic Society scientists in collecting field data on a wide variety of animals. Participants on research expeditions become valuable members of the team, actively contributing to the labor of the research by performing daily research tasks.

    Alternative Ecologically Sustainable Livelihoods

    Oceanic Society believes a tangible long-term benefit to the community should be realized in exchange for proposed nature reserves or sanctuaries. We assist with capacity building initiatives and help establish and foster ecologically sustainable livelihoods. Our trips and research expeditions foster public awareness, aid in supporting sustainability, and promote a global conservation ethic.


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