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Last Updated: May, 2018

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< Ocean Elders
< Ocean Health Index
< The Ocean Project
< March for The Ocean
< Mission Blue
< Mission Ocean
< New England Ocean Cluster
< Parvati.Org
< The TerraMar Project
< UNESCO IOC/UN Atlas of the Ocean
< World Ocean Network
< World Registry of Marine Species (WoRMS!)



The Census of Marine Life is a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010 at the Royal Institution in London.


The Climate Change Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit organized to conduct research and graduate education focused on variability of the Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems, and on the interaction between humans and the natural world. Institute investigations span the last 2 million years to the present, a time of numerous glacial and interglacial cycles and abrupt changes in climate. Research activities include field, laboratory, and modeling studies that focus on the timing, causes, and mechanisms of natural and anthropogenically forced climate change, and on the effects of past climate changes on the physical, biological, chemical, social, and economic conditions of the planet. The Institute and its internationally recognized researchers are making scientific contributions that are vitally relevant to society.



The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands was first mobilized in 2001 to help the world’s governments highlight issues related to oceans, coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the agenda of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and was later formalized at the WSSD in Johannesburg.

Since 2001, the Global Forum has involved ocean experts representing all sectors from 105 countries to advance the global oceans agenda by: 1) promoting the implementation of inter-national agreements related to oceans, coasts, and SIDS, especially the goals emanating from the 2002 WSSD; 2) analyzing new emerging issues such as improving the governance regime for ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction and addressing the impacts of climate change; and 3) promoting international consensus-building on unresolved ocean issues.


The Global Ocean Commission is an independent, international commission focused on the high seas. Its mandate and inquiry covers overfishing, plastic pollution, habitat and biodiversity loss, lack of effective management and enforcement, and deficiencies in governance - all issues which have implications for food security, ocean health and resilience, global security, equity and human rights. Please visit the Commission website for more information:

W2O is a major content provider for the ocean layer of Google Earth, the software portal which allows you to visit all corners and depths of the globe. World Ocean Observatory provides content across several categories: interviews on major ocean themes; content sections from OceanClimate; short documentaries and resources from our Events section; World Ocean Radio episodes specific to regions around the globe; links to interviews and presentations from 3rd party organizations such as the TED Conference, YouTube, and partner sites. This relationship is an extension of our efforts to educate the public, broaden our audience of Citizens of the Ocean, and advance public involvement and political will for the ocean.

The Ocean Health Index is a tool for ongoing assessment of ocean health. It rates the health of the ocean by country on one of ten goals: food provision, artisinal fishing opportunities, natural products, carbon storage, coastal protection, coastal livelihoods & economies, tourism & recreation, sense of place, clean waters, and biodiversity. One of the goals of the Index is to help countries make more informed policy decisions, especially in those regions that have already expressed a commitment to improving ocean health.

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with educational organizations like ours, as well as zoos, aquariums, and museums around the world. Their aim is to help organizations effectively educate and communicate for conservation action with visitors and the public. They provide a variety of resources for ocean-related organizations: market research; outreach strategies; and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.



We are partnered with The TerraMar Project, a nonprofit ocean organization with a similarly-aligned mission to the World Ocean Observatory: they are dedicated to building a global community of ocean advocates empowered to speak up for the ocean. In the coming months, watch our website for quick ocean news links to TerraMar's aggregate current ocean news source, The Daily Catch, and watch their site for weekly links to World Ocean Radio audio broadcasts and our ocean blog on HuffingtonPost. com. We are pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with the TerraMar Project and hope you will support their efforts, too. Take their I LOVE THE OCEAN pledge today!


Traditionally, an atlas was a bound collection of maps, charts, plates and tables illustrating a subject. The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an on-line, encyclopedic survey of the best ocean information available. The project is a partnership of six UN Agencies and other public and private partners, including the World Ocean Observatory. The Atlas is the most comprehensive on-line resource for inquiry about the full spectrum of ocean issues; it is an essential tool for students, teachers, and others interested in detailed information about ocean systems and services.


The World Ocean Network is an association of aquariums, science centers, environmental institutions, and non-governmental organizations in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the East with a common mission to advance public understanding the oceans. WON is the Education and Outreach Program for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. 

WON creates and promotes a variety of awareness programs for the oceans to include conferences, shared programs, information packages and youth forums, an ocean leadership institute, a sustainable fish campaign, a passport for Citizens of the Oceans, and the promotion of WORLD OCEAN DAY on June 8 each year, recognized by the United Nations as a date on which organizations and individuals around the world can express their support of the sustainable ocean through public events, beach clean-ups, festivals of the sea, and other local efforts to galvanize and focus ocean interests.

WORLD REGISTRY of MARINE SPECIES (WoRMS!) is an online database where more than 200 experts are entering the taxonomy of marine species. The data reveals that during the past decade nearly 2,000 new species have been described each year.