Why Oceans?

Raising global awareness about declining marine resources…

The oceans are vast, but they are not immune to human influence. We have already altered or destroyed many marine ecosystems and driven million-year-old species to the brink of extinction. According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity.

The oceans are vast, but not immune to human influence. We have altered or destroyed many marine ecosystems and driven million-year-old species to the brink of extinction. According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity.

Funding a variety of ocean conservation efforts, The Waitt Foundation’s goal is to raise global awareness about declining marine resources through scientific research, protection, and policy change. From understanding how healthy ocean ecosystems work, to strengthening and expanding the world’s Marine Protected Areas to promoting sustainable fishing practices, we invest in ocean conservation projects with the potential for significant and measurable impacts. We hope to inspire people to make informed decisions in support of a healthy marine ecosystem.

Awarding over $11 million beginning in 2009 for worldwide ocean conservation efforts and projects, the Waitt Foundation has provided grants to several prestigious scientific research institutions to help them continue their work in safeguarding the oceans.

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We can restore our oceans to their former glory. In many cases, laws governing fishing and pollution already exist – we simply need to enforce them.

Grantees include:

- Aspen Institute
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Bren School of Environmental Science
- Conservation International
- Conservation Law Foundation
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Marine Conservation Institute

- National Geographic Society
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Nature Conservancy
- Oceana
- Oceans 5
- Pew Environment Group
- Rare
- Sargasso Sea Alliance
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Wildlife Conservation Society

Life Originates from the Sea

The ocean is the largest place on Earth and covers 70% of Earth’s surface.  It provides 80% of the oxygen we breathe and is the main source of protein for 1 in 4 people worldwide.  The ocean gives us medicines, regulates temperature, absorbs 80% of climate change heat, and provides economic opportunity from fishing, transportation, minerals and recreation.  Sustaining mangroves, wetlands, and coral reefs, the ocean is home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth.

A Decade of Marine Exploration Revealed


The Census of Marine life has released the findings of ten years of research.