Ocean

What We’re Doing

We support work designed to improve the health of the ocean and meet people’s needs – today and in the future.

Our grantmaking focuses on areas where Foundation resources can have the greatest impact in protecting and restoring the ocean that sustains human life.

We support work to conserve marine biodiversity and strengthen ocean governance in Japan, Indonesia, China, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. Together, these countries strongly influence ocean health, are important for seafood production and consumption, and offer significant opportunities to improve policies and their implementation to affect positive change for the ocean and people. In some of these countries where marine aquaculture is prevalent, we support work to improve its sustainability.

In addition to supporting work in these countries, we make grants to accelerate progress on marine biodiversity conservation and seafood sustainability on a global scale.

We are committed to addressing the inequities and systemic barriers that exist in ocean management, conservation, and exploitation and are currently transitioning our seafood sustainability, fisheries governance, and marine biodiversity protection work to align with this commitment.

Our Approach

Our approach to marine conservation is centered around promoting solutions that build a better future for both people and nature and strengthening grantee capacity to work towards those solutions.

We are taking steps now toward embedding justice and equity in the work we fund and how we collaborate with the people directly affected by the work our Foundation supports.

We draw from a range of tested approaches that can be applied and adjusted to fit grantees’ needs and challenges.

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Leveraging the power of seafood-buying markets

Continue to use the influence of companies in markets that import large amounts of seafood – including the U.S., EU, and Japan to improve the health of fisheries and safeguard the rights of fishers in countries that produce seafood.

Supporting policy, regulatory, and enforcement reforms.

Build support to establish and strengthen fisheries and marine conservation policies and allocate resources to support implementation of those policies.

Fellowships in philanthropy.

In partnership with the U.C. Berkeley Center for Social Sector Leadership, provide recent graduates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds a professional-level introduction to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Learn more about the Research Analyst program.

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Improving scientific, economic, and policy knowledge

Support the collection of clear, consistent, and useful data on the state of marine resources and on solutions to manage those resources more sustainably.

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Enhancing leadership and capacity

Support civil society engagement with government managers and leadership and training for civil society organizations, scientists, and other decision makers to strengthen their impact.

Learn more about our longstanding commitment to creating a better future for people and the ocean.