Marine Professional Societies and Membership Organizations
These sites provide ways to help the marine environment and may provide fellowship and research funding to members.
American Academy of Underwater Sciences
organization develops standards and programs for safe scientific diving
for all those who engage in underwater research activities. Annual
Scholarship Program available
American Cetacean Society
A membership organization to help save whales and dolphins
American Elasmobranch Society
American Elasmobranch Society is a non-profit organization that seeks
to advance the scientific study of living and fossil sharks, skates,
rays, and chimaeras, and the promotion of education, conservation, and
wise utilization of natural resources.
American Fisheries Society
is established to improve the conservation and sustainability of
fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and
aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries
American Malacological Society
An international society of individuals and organizations with an active interest in the study and conservation of mollusks.
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
membership organization dedicated to the scientific study of fishes,
amphibians and reptiles. The programs are intended to increase
knowledge of these organisms and encourage and support young scientists
in this field
The Baltic Marine Biologists
international non-governmental scientific organization whose aim is to
promote studies on the biological diversity, structure, function and
sustainable management of the ecosystems of the Baltic Sea
The Billfish Foundation
non-profit organization for the conservation and enhancement of
billfish populations worldwide through scientific research, education,
Caribbean Conservation Corporation
organization To insure survival of sea turtles within the wider
Caribbean basin through research, education, training, advocacy and the
protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend
The Center for International Environmental Law
is a public interest, not-for-profit environmental law firm founded to
strengthen international and comparative environmental law and policy
around the world. CIEL provides a full range of environmental legal
services in both international and comparative national law, including:
policy research and publication, advice and advocacy, education and
Cetacean Society International
is an all volunteer, non-profit conservation, education, and research
organization based in the USA, with volunteer representatives in 26
countries around the world. The ultimate aim of the Society is peaceful
coexistence and mutual enrichment for humans and cetaceans.
Coastal Ecosystem Research Foundation (Canadian)
Funds research on whales, dolphins and their environment through an eco-tourism program
applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community
participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and
animal diversity in major tropical wilderness areas and key marine
Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
is a non-profit organization that represents sixty-six of the nation's
academic institutions, aquaria, non-profit research institutes and
Federal research laboratories with the common goal of promoting and
enhancing the visibility and effectiveness of ocean research and
education. CORE has established a leadership role in oceanographic
issues and the development of marine science policy.
Coral Cay Conservation United Kingdom (English-Spanish-Polish)
non-profit organization that trains volunteers to collect scientific
data to aid conservation. Coral Cay Conservation aims to sustain
livelihoods and alleviate poverty through protection, restoration and
mangement of coral reefs and tropical forests.
The Coral Reef Alliance
CORAL is a member-supported, non-profit organization, dedicated to keeping coral reefs alive around the world.
The Crustacean Society
membership organization was formed to advance the study of all aspects
of the biology of the Crustacea by promoting the exchange and
dissemination of information throughout the world.
Defenders of Wildlife
to the protection of native wild animals and plants in their natural
communities. Defenders of Wildlife also
advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep
species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of
entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting
predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.
is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the
natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the
right of all people to a healthy environment. They enforce and
strengthen environmental laws on behalf of organizations and
national nonprofit organization linking science, economics and law to
create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's
most urgent environmental problems.
European Association for Aquatic Mammals
to the welfare of marine mammals through research, medical care,
training, education, conservation, management and related activities.
European Cetacean Society
organization to promote and coordinate scientific study and
conservation of cetaceans, and gather and disseminate information about
cetaceans to society members and the public at large.
French National Sea Experience Center
goal is to incite the general public to discover the sea and to love
it, while raising its awareness on the need for a better management of
marine resources. Whithin the scope of this mission, NAUSICA gives
access, on its recently redesigned web site, to a database containing
links to the most interesting web sites concerning the sea-related
topics and marine activities.
Friends of the Ocean
Membership organization working to protect marine animals and their environment
Friends of the Sea Otter
is an advocacy group dedicated to actively pressuring state and federal
agencies, not only to maintain the current protections for sea otters
but to increase and broaden these preservation efforts.
International Marinelife Alliance
organization working to end human influences that degrade and destroy
the world's marine environment while improving the overall quality of
life of people and communities living in and dependent on coastal and
International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans
is an informal association of scientists from all over the world. Its
main activity is the organization of Symposia on Acoustic Remote
Sensing and Associated Techniques of the Atmosphere and Oceans.
International Association of Physical Sciences of the Ocean
has the prime goal of promoting the study of scientific problems
relating to the oceans and the interactions taking places at the sea
floor, coastal, and atmospheric boundaries insofar as such research is
conducted by the use of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
Living Oceans Society
Living Oceans Society, a non-profit research and public education
organization, is committed to conserving marine biological diversity,
in order to ensure a healthy ocean and healthy coastal communities.
Malacological Society of London
The Society dedicated to the advancement of education, and research on molluscs.
The Mammal Society (United Kingdom)
Mammal Society works to protect British mammals, halt the decline of
threatened species, and advise on all issues affecting British Mammals.
The Society studies mammals, identifies the problems they face and
promotes conservation and other policies based on sound science.
Marine Biological Association (United Kingdom)
is a non-profit professional body dedicated to promoting individually
motivated research into problems of fundamental importance in marine
Marine Conservation Biology Institute
is a nonprofit, tax-exempt scientific and conservation advocacy
organization. They work to protect and restore marine life on the West
Coast, around the United States and beyond.
The Marine Conservation Society (United Kingdom)
A national charity for the marine environment and its wildlife
The Marine Stewardship Council (United Kingdom)
is an independent, global, non-profit organization based in London. In
a bid to reverse the continued decline in the world's fisheries, the
MSC is seeking to harness consumer purchasing power to generate change
and promote environmentally responsible stewardship of the world's most
important renewable food source.
Marine Technology Society
professional society dedicated to the development, sharing and
education within the ocean community: marine sciences, engineering,
academia, industry and government
Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles
aims to conserve and protect the remaining Mediterranean Sea Turtle
populations and their habitat through research programs, political
liaison, awareness campaigns and education.
not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing healthy,
sustainable approach to diving. Divers are encouraged to comment on
dive centers they visit with their on-line survey.
The information remains confidential but becomes a tool for members and
an added incentive for diver centers to commit to sustainable
management. They solicit articles relevant to sustainable management
that place dive center management in the context of the global coral
reef conservation initiative.
National Audubon Society - Living Oceans Program
Living Oceans uses science-based policy analysis, education, and
grassroots advocacy to put science to work on behalf of marine fish and
The National Coalition for Marine Conservation
NCMC is dedicated exclusively to conserving ocean fish, preventing over fishing, reducing bycatch and protecting habitat.
National Wildlife Federation
member-supported conservation group uniting individuals, organizations,
businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places and the
The Nature Conservancy
mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that
represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and
waters they need to survive.
Natural Resources Defense Council
uses law, science, and the support of more than 500,000 members
nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to
ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Ocean 98 Foundation (Denmark)
promote and provide information and education to international
audiences on all aspects of the importance of oceans, seas and coastal
The Ocean Alliance
The Ocean Alliance is dedicated to the conservation of whales and their ocean environment through research and education.
Oceans Blue Foundation (Canada)
A nonprofit organization organized to conserve coastal environments through environmentally responsible tourism.
The Ocean Conservancy
membership organization is dedicated solely to protecting the oceans.
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.
The Oceanic Resource Foundation
educational materials to increase the knowledge of people whose
livelihoods depend upon a viable, productive marine environment.
non-profit, international advocacy organization created with the sole
purpose of protecting the world's oceans to sustain the circle of life.
Ocean Wilderness Network
is a non-profit coalition of regional and national organizations
seeking to establish a system of marine protected areas along the
United States Pacific Coast.
The Oceanography Society
is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded to disseminate
knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and
education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to
provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the
disciplines of the field.
Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Mangers
is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the management and
conservation of natural resources by facilitating technology and
information exchange among fish and wildlife information managers.
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans
PISCO is a research consortium involving marine scientists from four universities along the US West Coast
public education and media project blending civic dialogue, commerce
and conservation to safeguard the future of fish and fishing.
Portal Oceanico.net (Spanish and English)
UNESCO sponsored web portal for information exchange on issues of the oceans in South America and Caribbean.
People For Puget Sound
non-profit citizens group working to protect and restore the health of
Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits through education and action.
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation
An active organization of divers committed to the preservation of the marine environment
Reef Guardian International
Advocacy organization for worldwide protection of coral reefs and their marine life
Membership organization for preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems through local regional and global efforts
Sea Turtle Tracking
goal of this program is to provide sea turtle researchers with an
easy-to-use tool for collecting, managing and sharing their sea turtle
satellite tracking data in near real-time
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research-SCOR
A non-government organization that promotes international coooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research
Society for Marine Mammalogy
Evaluates and promotes the educational, scientific and managerial advancement of marine mammal science
Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists
goals of the organization are to standardize regional marine
invertebrate taxonomic information and to promote marine invertebrate
taxonomy. The website contains monthly newsletters, links to other
related websites, voucher identification sheets, and other information.
The newsletters contain minutes from past meetings, literature reviews,
and announcements regarding meetings and job openings.
The Surfrider Foundation
A grassroots, non-profit, international environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches.
Techno Ocean Network (Japan)
is organized to create a wide open arena for information exchange and
communication among concerned people, including next generations, for
the development of ocean science and technology and the wise and
sustainable uses of the ocean in this new century.
The Ocean Foundation
mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations
dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments
around the world. They accomplish this through 1. Expert philanthropic
advice,2. Philanthropic tools, 3. Donor education
Tethys Research Institute Italy (English & Italian)
A nonpprofit non-government organization for the study and conservation of the marine environment
The Western Pacific Fisheries Coalition
collaboration between conservationists and fishermen to promote the
protection and responsible use of marine resources through education
and advocacy in Hawaii and the Pacific.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Marine Conservation Programs generate scientific information for the
maintenance, conservation and recovery of marine wildlife populations
and the habitats that support them.
The Women's Aquatic Network
private, non-profit organization to bring together women and men with
interests in marine and aquatic policy, research, legislation, and
other areas. WAN members are scientists, lawyers, public policy and
natural resource managers, students, professors, entrepreneurs,
environmental advocates and from many other professions.
World Wildlife Fund
is an international conservation organization created to protect
endangered spaces, save endangered species and address global threats.
WWF is working to create stable marine networks that encompass 100
marine protected areas worldwide.
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