Organizations

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
The 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
The 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
AFS 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 professionals.

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
A 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
An 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
A non-profit organization for the conservation and enhancement of billfish populations worldwide through scientific research, education, and advocacy.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation
Membership 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
CIEL 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 training.

Cetacean Society International
CSI 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

Conservation International
CI 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 ecosystems.

Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
CORE 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)
A 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
This 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
Dedicated 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.

Earth Justice
Earthjustice 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 communities.

Environmental Defense
A 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
Devoted to the welfare of marine mammals through research, medical care, training, education, conservation, management and related activities.

European Cetacean Society
Membership 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
Its 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
FSO 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
Membership 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 marine resources

International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans
ISARS 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
IAPSO 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
The 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)
The 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)
MBA is a non-profit professional body dedicated to promoting individually motivated research into problems of fundamental importance in marine biology.

Marine Conservation Biology Institute
MCBI 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)
MSC 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
A 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
MEDASSET aims to conserve and protect the remaining Mediterranean Sea Turtle populations and their habitat through research programs, political liaison, awareness campaigns and education.

Moonrasse U.K.
A 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
Audubon's Living Oceans uses science-based policy analysis, education, and grassroots advocacy to put science to work on behalf of marine fish and ocean ecosystems.

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
A member-supported conservation group uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places and the environment.

The Nature Conservancy
TNC's 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
NRDC 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)
To promote and provide information and education to international audiences on all aspects of the importance of oceans, seas and coastal waters.

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
This 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
Provides educational materials to increase the knowledge of people whose livelihoods depend upon a viable, productive marine environment.

Oceana
A 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
OWN 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
TOS 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
(OFWIM) 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

Passionfish
A 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
A 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

Reef Relief
Membership organization for preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems through local regional and global efforts

Sea Turtle Tracking
The 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
The 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)
TON 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
TOF's 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
A 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
WCS 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
A 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
WWF 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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