Oceans: Resources for Getting Involved

Oceans: Resources for Getting Involved

Ocean Biogeographic Information System

Cruise over to iobis.org and click on the interactive map to discover what species swim anywhere in the world’s waters.

UN Atlas of the Oceans

Trawl for information on all aspects of ocean life.

Smart Gear Competition

The World Wildlife Fund is offering prizes for the best ideas for reducing bycatch. Submit an entry at smartgear.org


Go to to join its campaigns against oil pollution, destructive fishing, and dirty seafood. oceana.org.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

This feisty group got its start ramming whalers, and it still confronts illegal fishing on the high seas. Follow its exploits at seashepherd.org.

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Visit savethehighseas.org to learn about its push for an international moratorium on high seas bottom trawling.

Our Synthetic Sea

This documentary by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation follows “nurdles” and other nonbiodegradable plastic ocean waste. Get a copy at algalita.org.

Save the Clean Air Act

More on its drive to get senators to urge the Bush administration to crack down on mercury-spewing power plants at savethecleanairact.org.

Seas the Day

Take action at Seastheday.org to help ensure that the ocean is protected and conserved for future generations.

Sound Off on Sonar

Find out about the Navy’s proposal for a sonar testing ground in a key whale habitat off the coast of North Carolina at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s savebiogems.org.

The Ocean Conservancy

Sign up for action alerts on its efforts to get Congress to reform fisheries management at oceanconservancy.org.

Menhaden Matter

Learn more about the campaign to end the overfishing of the Chesapeake Bay’s big little fish at menhadenmatter.org.


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