Program Highlights

  • Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands

    $1 Million Grant To Support World’s 3rd Largest Fully Protected Area – The Waitt Foundation and Oceans 5, in close partnership with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, agreed to make a joint grant of $1 million to support implementation of Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). The PIPA will be fully protected by January 2015, when the government will exclude commercial fishing vessels from a 410,000 square kilometer area, spanning nearly the size of California. The joint grant of $1 million per year over the next five years will support management, monitoring, and enforcement of the area. “Science tells us that no-take marine parks are good for the planet, good for people, and good for economies. The Pacific Ocean has become an exciting focus for marine conservation this year,” said Ted Waitt, founder of the Waitt Foundation. Read more here…

  • Ocean Awareness & Issues

    The Seafood Traceability Project seeks to strengthen the traceability and transparency of global fisheries regimes to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and to provide new accountability in dominant import markets, including the United States and European Union. Oceans 5 is supporting the dedicated work of four nonprofit organizations to achieve these objectives including World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Oceana, and the Marine Fish Conservation Network. IUU fishing is estimated to average 18% of the global catch. With few exceptions, seafood products are not easily traceable from the point of final sale back to their point of harvest and production. Combating IUU fishing is a high and growing priority of governments, the fishing industry, and conservationists - existing seafood traceability policies, standards and mechanisms are inadequate. Read more here…

  • President Clinton’s Ocean Initiative

    President Bill Clinton announces that the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will hold its first Action Network Meeting on oceans in March, 2015. Funded by the Waitt Foundation, this meeting will be the first large-scale convening for the Oceans Action Network. The meeting will bring together leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy to address ocean conservation. The Oceans Action Network was formed to discuss and debate methods for creating lasting, positive impacts on ocean conservation while breaking down obstacles in the way of these efforts. To date, CGI members’ work in this area has yielded more than 20 commitments that will impact more than 9,000 lives and 49,000 square miles of oceans by improving fisheries, regenerating coastal ecosystems, and creating more sustainable market models for the industries that depend on oceans.

  • Sustainable Fishing

    Rare is an international conservation organization with a replicable model for community-led conservation. Rare’s mission is to conserve imperiled species and ecosystems around the world by inspiring people to care about and protect nature. Since the 1980s, Rare has specialized in training local conservation leaders to use outreach and advertising tactics to build awareness and support for conservation. Rare works at the community level to address human behaviors that threaten biodiversity. Rare has launched a cohort of Pride campaigns in the Gulf of California, the Galapagos, and the Mesoamerican Reef to accelerate the support and establishment of community-monitored Fisheries Replenishment Zones (FRZs). FRZs are scientifically selected areas where all fishing is suspended, either inside or outside of formally designated Marine Protected Areas. Read more here…