Importance of the sea

Blue Ocean Institute

From Arctic Alaskan fishing villages to Zanzibar’s shores, the staff of Blue Ocean Institute studies and articulates how the ocean is changing and how everything humans do—both on land and at sea—affects the waters, wildlife, and people of our world. But gloomy environmental warnings and predictions don’t move people to make changes that can help our shared ocean.


The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws. NRDC works to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today: curbing global warming and creating the clean energy future, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, ensuring safe and sufficient water, and fostering sustainable communities.

Save Our Seas Foundation

The Save Our Seas Foundation is committed to protecting our oceans by funding research, education, awareness and conservation projects focusing on the major threats to the marine environment.


SeaWeb is the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to strategically communicating about ocean issues. We transform knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. We work collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By informing and empowering diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation.

The International Polar Foundation

The International Polar Foundation communicates and educates on polar science and polar research as a way to understand key environmental and climate mechanisms.
The IPF also promotes innovative and multifaceted responses to the complex challenges raised by the need for action on sustainable development.

Fisheries and aquaculture

Environmental Justice Foundation

For millions of people around the world, a degraded natural environment means hunger and brutal poverty that costs lives. By providing film and advocacy training to partners in the global south the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) protects the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it by empowering local communities to investigate, expose and peacefully resolve abuses. EJF campaigns internationally on the issues our grassroots partners work locally to solve including cotton production, pirate fishing, shrimp farming, pesticides, wildlife and climate refugees.

Subsidies paid to owners of fishing vessels and others working in the fishing industry under the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy amount to more than €1 billion a year. helps people find out who gets what, and why.


OCEAN2012 is a coalition dedicated to ensuring that the 2012 reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy stops overfishing, ends destructive fishing practices and delivers fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.

Pangea Seed

PangeaSeed is a grassroots organization based in Tokyo Japan dedicated to educating and raising international awareness on the plight of sharks and the destruction of their habitat. Through volunteer activism, research and the various mediums of art, music, film, and photography, PangeaSeed aims to create an open dialog with the global community to develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect sharks and the oceans.


The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is the flagship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. This premier advocacy document is published every two years to provide policy-makers, civil society and those whose livelihoods depend on the sector a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues.

Seas At Risk

Seas At Risk is a democratic international network which uses its unique membership base and long-standing expertise to advocate environmentally sound policies at European and international level. Seas At Risk aims at the protection and restoration of the marine environment, and specifically the waters of the North East Atlantic including the North and Irish Seas. While the work of Seas At Risk reaches into every corner of concern about the marine environment, and while we regularly work on a multitude of different marine environmental issues, there are some basic principles that transcend individual issues and guide the direction of our work.

Shark Alliance

The Shark Alliance is a global, not-for-profit coalition of non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policies.

The Black Fish

The Black Fish is an international marine conservation organisation on a mission to change attitudes towards our precious oceans and to work towards protecting the unique life within them. Using education, investigation and non-violent direct action, The Black Fish campaigns to end illegal and destructive fishing practices and safeguard a future for the plentiful species in our seas.


5 Gyres

5 Gyres is dedicated to understanding plastic pollution through exploration, education, and action. 5 Gyres studies the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them. 5 Gyres also organizes research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists and other sailors to join the crew. The organization shares its findings through the media, museums and scientific publications. 5 Gyres tries to eliminate plastic pollution by advocating new materials, better designed products, fair legislation and consumer education.

Plastic Soup Foundation

De Plastic Soup Foundation wil mensen bewust maken van de gevolgen van plastic vervuiling voor onze oceanen. Plastic is een wondermateriaal, maar het is ook een grote vervuiler.
Kunnen we de gigantische, steeds groter wordende hoeveelheid plastic afval die in de Stille Oceaan drijft, nog opruimen en aangroei stoppen, terwijl ook onze eigen Noordzee steeds meer verandert in een plastic soep?
De Plastic Soup Foundation wil geen gevoelens van machteloosheid bevorderen, maar aanzetten tot positieve bewustwording en actie.

Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.

Animal welfare


Dolphinmotion is opgericht om aandacht te vragen voor de 30.000 dolfijnen die ieder jaar op een gruwelijke wijze afgeslacht worden over de gehele wereld, waarvan 23.000 dolfijnen in Japan. Een belangrijke reden voor deze slachting is dat de Japanse vissers vinden dat de dolfijnen schuldig zijn aan de teruglopende visstand. Zoals overal ter wereld is ook dit een gevolg van overbevissing.

Eurogroup for Animals

Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is opgericht in 1977 als internationale liefdadigheidsinstelling met als doelstelling de conservatie van al het leven in zee. Sea Shepherd gebruikt direkte aktie op een innovatieve manier om te documenteren en te onderzoeken en waar nodig aktie te ondernemen om illegale activiteiten bloot te leggen en de confrontatie aan te gaan op volle zee. Door het wankele evenwicht van de biodiversiteit van onze ecosystemen te waarborgen, werkt Sea Shepherd om het overleven van deze ecosystemen zeker te stellen voor toekomstige generaties.


De Stichting Vissenbescherming is opgericht in 2000 om mensen diervriendelijker en respectvoller om te laten gaan met vissen en andere in het water levende dieren. De Stichting verstrekt hiertoe wetenschappelijk onderbouwde informatie over het bewustzijn, het gedrag en de pijnbeleving van vissen. Verder stelt ze de ruwe behandeling van vissen in de (zee)visserij, de viskweek, de hengelsport, de visstroperij, het beheer van de binnenwateren en het houden van vissen thuis in aquaria voortdurend ter discussie in de media. Ze probeert door middel van goede informatie en regelgeving de diervriendelijke behandeling van vissen te bevorderen.


EDF Seafood Selector

Fish is generally healthy to eat, but you should eat some types infrequently, if at all. This chart by EDF lists the most contaminated fish, and how much can safely be eaten each month (assuming no other contaminated fish is consumed). The advice is based on EPA guidance and the latest mercury and PCB data. See the green sections below for safer seafood options.

Got Mercury?

Eating seafood high in mercury is hazardous to your health, especially for women and children. The “Got Mercury?” calculator helps you make healthier seafood choices. Just enter your weight, the seafood type, the amount of seafood you will eat during a week, and click the calculator button. These calculations are based on EPA and FDA data (updated January 2006).

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

The Seafood Watch recommends which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers and businesses become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood. You can get their recommendations online, in printed pocket guides, or on your mobile devices.



EducaPoles is the International Polar Foundation’s educational site. It sets out to sensitize young people and the educational world to the importance of the Polar Regions and of climate change by proposing adapted teaching tools and projects.


Learn2Sea is a website produced by the Seas at Risk coalition that provides teaching resources for school, action plans and projects and links to information for both kids, adults and anyone interested in marine conservation and related topics in the world’s seas and oceans. The material has been created by various organisations and institutions concerned with the marine environment.