The Ocean Conservancy

As the largest and oldest organization dedicated solely to protecting the oceans, we take our work very seriously. With more than 900,000 members and volunteers, The Ocean Conservancy combines science-based advocacy, grassroots activism, litigation, education and outreach to find lasting solutions to issues affecting our oceans and all marine life.

Most take our oceans for granted. Our challenge is to make people more aware of their intimate connection with the oceans, and to enlist them in our vital mission of preserving their health, diversity, and beauty.

For more information, or to contact The Ocean Conservancy, see their website at: www.oceanconservancy.org

» Recent News

Fisheries Council Ignores Science And Further Imperils Reef Fish
04 Jun 04 | The Ocean Conservancy has filed suit in federal court challenging Amendment 21 to the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Resources Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 21 threatens populations of gag grouper and other reef fish.

Cruise Control: A hard look at the cruise industry and its impacts on the marine environment
29 May 02 | Today, The Ocean Conservancy is releasing Cruise Control: How Cruise Ships Affect the Marine Environment. However, unlike cities, cruise ships have largely escaped pollution regulation.

International Whaling Conference To Begin
20 May 02 | Defying the international treaty and criticism from nations throughout the world, Japan continues to kill whales in the northwest Pacific, and has recently increased its quota to include 150 minke whales, 50 Bryde's whales, 10 sperm whales, and 50...

Gulf Council Recommends Bycatch Reduction Measures For Shrimpers In The Eastern Gulf Of Mexico
16 May 02 | Today, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted, with only one member in opposition, recommending that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) enact management measures to reduce shrimp trawl bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico. This ...

Cruise Ship Pollution And Monterey Bay Shouldn't Mix
07 May 02 | The first cruise ship to enter Monterey Bay since 1996 is causing environmental groups to call for increased protection for marine sanctuaries like the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and strengthened regulation of the cruise ship industry...

NOAA Report Shows A Number Of U.S. Fish Stocks Still In Peril
01 May 02 | The number of fish stocks in need of stronger conservation in U.S. coastal waters continues to be alarming, despite laws requiring federal fisheries managers to stop overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks. Ever since Congress passed the ...

Environmentalists Say NMFS Side Agreement Is Business As Usual
19 Apr 02 | Ever since Congress passed the Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA) in 1996, fishery managers have been trying to rebuild New England groundfish populations. "The side agreement, if enacted, would allow overfishing to continue and jeopardize the ...

Environmentalists Win Suit To Protect Pacific Groundfish: Government Ordered to Stop Wasteful Discard of Dead and Dying Fish
16 Apr 02 | A federal judge has agreed with environmental and fishing groups that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) violated laws requiring protection of Pacific groundfish. The judge ruled that the federal agency failed to address the problem of ...

The 2001 International Coastal Cleanup: Volunteers around the world work together to clean up our environment
10 Sep 01 | On September 15, The Ocean Conservancy is kicking off the 16th annual International Coastal Cleanup at beaches, rivers, and waterways across the world. Volunteers in the International Coastal Cleanup record every piece of trash they collect on ...

Bush Administration Continues Attack On Clean Water Rules
07 Aug 01 | WASHINGTON, DC - Today, environmental groups denounced a move that the Bush Administration is preparing to make in response to industry demands to dismantle Clean Water Act rules. The Clinton-era rules implemented a 1972 Clean Water Act ...

Dry Tortugas America's First True Ocean Wilderness Site
30 Jul 01 | Until recently, the area's remoteness and a prohibition on commercial fishing inside Dry Tortugas National Park provided some protection from over-exploitation. "The Tortugas Ecological Reserve is crucial to the protection of Florida's most ...

Victory For Sea Otters - Lawsuit threatening them dismissed
30 Jul 01 | SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A lawsuit filed by fishermen in Santa Barbara against the U.S. that would have harmed declining sea otter populations in California was dismissed today. The capture and removal effort was actually killing otters, and the ...

IWC Gridlocked - Conservationists Urge Overhaul Of Treaty
27 Jul 01 | "More whales are being killed today than in 1986," Thomas said, when the IWC imposed a commercial moratorium on whaling in order to allow seriously depleted whale populations to recover, and to allow the Commission to evaluate and improve its ...

Government Fails Sharks
29 Jun 01 | The Ocean Wildlife Campaign (OWC) today expressed outrage at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announcement that fishing in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for sandbar, blacktip, tiger, hammerhead and other large coastal sharks will ...

Commission On Ocean Policy Unbalanced
15 Jun 01 | Washington, DC - The Center for Marine Conservation along with nine other national environmental groups are very disappointed that not one representative from a national environmental organization was named to the Commission on Ocean Policy ...

John Phillips Joins The Center For Marine Conservation
10 May 01 | WASHINGTON, DC - The Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) is very proud to announce the hiring of John Phillips director of its New England Regional Office in South Portland, Maine. At CMC's New England office Phillips plans to focus his efforts ...

Nancy Klingener Joins The Center For Marine Conservation
01 May 01 | - The Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) announced today the selection of Nancy Klingener as the new Program Manager of its Florida Keys field office. A long time Keys resident, Klingener comes to CMC with an extensive knowledge of the Florida ...

State Of Florida Votes To Protect Tortugas
24 Apr 01 | The various government bodies participating in the creation process of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve include the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Dry Tortugas National Park, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Ocean ...

Center For Marine Conservation Opens New Office In Caribbean
23 Apr 01 | Previously, Drayton was Director of Conservation Programs for the Nature Conservancy of the Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean. He has also worked for the British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust and Program Coordinator for the Caribbean...

Earth Day Marks 25 Years Of US Fisheries Mismanagement
20 Apr 01 | Record Number of Stocks at Risk as Congress Begins Reauthorization of Fishery Conservation and Management Act. "Americans should urge Congress to reauthorize and strengthen the conservation requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery ...

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