World Conservation Organizations

Divers around the world can help to protect the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and springs they dive in by supporting these organizations as well as practicing environmentally safe diving activities. Without your support and dedication, our diving environment may be destroyed for future generations and keep us from diving the places we love. Get involved today!  Below are many organizations for you to get involved with:

Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America (Washington, DC; Juneau, AK; Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA), Europe (Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium) and South America (Santiago, Chile).  More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. For more information, please visit

The Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign is a broad national effort to build support for ocean and fish protection. (see The nation’s fisheries have been declining precipitously for decades; America’s oceans are in trouble and need our help. Pollution, habitat destruction, mismanagement and overfishing have impoverished our ocean resources, and have caused more than 90% of the world’s large fish, including tuna, swordfish and marlin to disappear from our oceans. The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, called by Congress and appointed by President Bush, found ‘We are beginning to love our oceans to death,’ and recommended drastic changes in fisheries management. People who care about healthy oceans are going to have a chance to make an impact in the coming year as the government charts a new course, and we will be working with our coalition to protect and restore America’s living oceans.

The Foundation’s purpose is to contribute to the protection and preservation of sharks and their natural habitats through its own projects and through the active support of third parties.  Refer to:


In this sense the Foundation supports scientific work domestically and abroad both financially and in an advisory function. Through such public relations activities as organizing and carrying out courses, lectures, touring exhibits, as well as a show of presence in the mass media, etc., a broad segment of the public is to be informed of the threat to many shark species and their habitats. This public relations work should also help find donors who help finance the Foundation and its various projects.

Finally, together with similar institutions and official authorities, the Foundation can enter into cooperations which correspond to its objectives.

The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, The Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, The Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world’s foremost advocate for the oceans. (see )

The Blue Ocean Institute is working to inspire a closer relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature. We develop conservation solutions that are compassionate to people as well as to ocean wildlife, and we share reliable information that enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps restore living abundance in the ocean. (see

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) promotes coral reef conservation around the world by working with the dive industry, governments, local communities and other organizations to protect and manage coral reefs, establish marine parks, fund conservation efforts, and raise public awareness with the mission to keep coral reefs alive for future generations. (see

Reef Check is an international program that works with communities, governments and businesses to scientifically monitor, restore and maintain coral reef health. Reef Check objectives are to: educate the public about the coral reef crisis; to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check’s scientific methods who regularly monitor and report on reef health; to facilitate collaboration that produces ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions; and to stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide.

In 1997, Reef Check conducted the first-ever global survey of coral reef health that provided scientific confirmation that our reefs are in crisis due to over-fishing, illegal fishing, and pollution. (see )

Since then, Reef Check’s fast-growing network has expanded to over 60 countries, and has played a major role in efforts to preserve and sustain reef ecosystems. Reef Check teams work with business sectors such as tourism, diving, surfing and the marine aquarium trade, to develop mutually beneficial solutions including the creation of self-funding Marine Protected Areas.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society


The mission of Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet.

“Protect the ocean and you protect yourself”

The Environmental Defense Oceans program works to find constructive solutions to the most critical problems facing the world’s marine environments. Our team of scientists, attorneys, policy experts and economists focuses on protecting ecosystems and fisheries. Our Oceans Alive campaign builds on the team’s decades of experience and efforts to stem the tide of decline in our seas.  see (

Whether it’s the creek that meanders through town, the lake where we fish and swim, the majestic ocean beaches that inspire our awe of nature, or simply the glass of water we drink, clean water is essential to our well-being. NRDC fights to safeguard drinking water, to protect, preserve and restore our rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters, and to promote conservation and better water management in the arid western states.  (see )



The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures. With offices in California and Costa Rica, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide.

The Sierra Club works to educate and enlist the public in protecting and restoring the quality of our nation’s waters and wetlands.  (see



WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, is the world’s most active charity (Registered No. 1014705) dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises (also known as cetaceans).

Established in 1987, WDCS is staffed by a small, dedicated team of people determined to do their best for the animals and proud of the fact that WDCS’s operating costs are kept to a minimum. The money raised is spent on urgent conservation, research and education projects that really do make a difference to the daily lives and long-term security of thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the world.

Living Oceans Society is a non-profit research and public education organization that promotes the need for a healthy ocean and healthy communities on Canada’s Pacific Coast. (see


Earthdive is a revolutionary new concept in ‘citizen science’ and a global research project for millions of recreational scuba divers who can help to preserve the health and diversity of our oceans.

The principal mission of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science is to undertake, sponsor and promote world-class scientific activity aimed at protecting the world’s oceans and the species that inhabit them. The scientific role of the institute is to increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of problems affecting the marine environment. The conservation role is to promote solutions to these problems. (see

Palm Beach Counties Reef Rescue’s mission is to monitor, preserve and protect the coral reef ecosystem of South Florida through research, education and public awareness.  (see

Biosphere Expeditions promotes sustainable conservation of the planet’s wildlife by involving you, the public, with scientists on real hands-on wildlife research and conservation expeditions, including coral reef surveys and cetacean studies. Our goal is to make, through our expedition work, an active contribution towards a sustainable biosphere.  (see )