Marine Related Websites

Below are web sites of general interest pertaining to the oceans and marine studies. Links to web sites specific to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill are found here.

Ocean Explorer (NOAA) — Comprehensive site with pictures, explorations, educational materials, and more.

Aquarius Reef Base: The World's Only Undersea Research Station (NOAA) — Missions information, videos, pics, educational materials, etc.

The Global Partnership for Oceans — A growing alliance of more than 100 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world’s oceans. It aims to tackle widely documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss. Together these problems are contributing to the depletion of a natural resource bank that provides nutrition, livelihoods and vital ecosystem services. The web site offers information on these issues.

SEAlliance — The Sylvia Earle Alliance's (SEA) purpose is to explore and care for the ocean. It is committed to inspiring a sea change in public awareness, access and support for marine protected areas worldwide, ranging from the deepest ocean to sunlit reefs, and from the seamounts of the high seas to coastal seagrass meadows. The organization draws inspiration from the vision evoked by its founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle: to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas--hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.   

Mission Blue — The Mission Blue website has been created to elevate public awareness about critical ocean issues and to inspire support for organizations, projects and initiatives that are making a positive difference for the ocean. Mission Blue is a global initiative formed in response to Sylvia Earle's 2009 TED Prize wish. Dr. Earle urged people "to use all means at your disposal -- films, expeditions, the web, new submarines -- to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet."

Blue Ocean Institute — From Alaskan fishing villages to Zanzibar's shores, Blue Ocean Institute studies how the ocean is changing and what these changes mean for wildlife and people. . . .Blue Ocean translates scientific information into language people can understand and serves as a unique voice of hope, guidance, and encouragement. . . .It works to create a more knowledgeable constituency for conservation. Led by conservation pioneer and MacArthur fellow, Dr. Carl Safina, the organization shows how nature, community, and economy and prospects for peace are all intertwined.

Ocean Doctor (a project of the Ocean Foundation) — is the online habitat of Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” Senior Fellow at The Ocean Foundation in Washington, DC and host of “The Ocean Doctor” radio show. The Ocean Doctor’s Areas of Focus:

  • Conducting and disseminating leading-edge research to identify and map important marine ecosystems, especially coral ecosystems, in order to inform strong conservation policies.
  • Building strong international partnerships for marine research and conservation, with special emphasis on Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Advancing sustainable aquaculture and the use of next-generation land-based recirculating aquaculture systems in order to reduce pressure on wild fish stocks and provide a sustainable alternative that supports local communities.
  • Educating, inspiring and involving the public through strong outreach, education, radio and TV presence, visual media and leading-edge Web and social media technologies, while working to improve the quality, breadth and impact of environmental education.

The Ocean Foundation — The Ocean Foundation (TOF) is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. Its slogan is "Tell Us What You Want To Do For The Ocean, We Will Take Care Of The Rest." The organization works with a community of donors who care about the coasts and oceans. In this manner, it grows the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them.

Ocean Conservancy — Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, the organization's work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership — The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents more than 100 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.

National Geographic: The Ocean — A site with information about the threats to our oceans, underwater exploration, protecting the oceans, news, and amazing photos and videos.

MarineBio: Marine Conservation Organizations — A web-linked list of organizations working on marine conservation and other environmental issues such as biodiversity and global warming, listed by species and by issue, as well as by regional initiative.

MarineBio — A huge resource for information about marine species, ocean conservation, research, and action. Contains databases of marine species, a video library, photo galleries, a marine life forum, and other educational materials like links to resources for professionals in the field and facts and quizzes for kids.

PBS: Saving the Ocean — PBS video series that premiered in April 2011 and will have its first full season of ten episodes beginning in January 2013.

Sea Research Foundation — Sea Research Foundation is a leader in marine research, deep-sea exploration and hands-on education. It seeks to protect our ocean planet by increasing awareness of our ocean environment and the creatures who live there, involving and educating budding scientists and future voters, and conducting and supporting aquatic and deep-sea research. The web site includes extensive learning programs (JASON Science Learning, Immersion Learning, and Aquarium Education).

North American Marine Environment Protection Association — NAMEPA operates as a voluntary, non-profit and non-governmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and children about the need, and strategies, for protecting this important global resource. NAMEPA follows in the spirit of HELMEPA’s Declaration of Voluntary Commitment of 1982 “To Save the Seas.” To ensure its financial sustainability and enjoy respect and recognition, NAMEPA recruits a membership consisting of domestic and international companies within shipping and the wider land-based industries (such as oil companies, banks, insurance companies, etc.) who share the objectives of NAMEPA “To Save the Seas.” 

SeaWeb — SeaWeb is the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to using the science of communications to fundamentally shift the way people interact with the ocean. It transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. It works collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By informing and empowering diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation. The website includes a Science Matters section. Seaweb Marine Science Review is a source of regular updates derived from the peer-reviewed science literature on global change issues as they relate to coastal and marine environments, including their intersection with human health and security and policy and governance. Over 600 science journals are monitored and the pertinent citations and abstracts are incorporated into each Review according to subject area.                  

National Ocean Service (NOS) — This site has ocean facts, podcasts, and picture gallery. The NOS of NOAA states its mission: In the U.S., where over half of us live along the coast and more than 78 percent of our overseas trade by volume comes and goes along our marine highways, the health of our coasts is intricately connected to the health of our nation’s economy. The National Ocean Service (NOS) translates science, tools, and services into action, to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment, all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies. — GulfBase is a database of resources about the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of this website is to regroup, synthesize, and make freely available Gulf of Mexico research information. The vision is that GulfBase will help researchers, policy makers, and the general public work together to insure long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

Dive and Discover: Expeditions to the Seafloor — An educational platform by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute that clearly and graphically explains expeditions to and discoveries in the deep sea, as well as the science behind much of seafloor geography and life.

Living Oceans Society — Living Oceans Society has been a leader in the effort to protect Canada’s Pacific coast since we formed in 1998. It is based in Sointula, a small fishing village on the Central Coast of British Columbia, yet its influence is national. The website contains educational resources.

Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence—The mission of the COSEE Network is to spark and nurture collaborations among research scientists and educators to advance ocean discovery and make known the vital role of the ocean in our lives. Its website includes numerous links for formal and informal educators as well as teaching materials on various Ocean Science topics, with resources, lessons, activities, and podcasts.

Marine Life in the Caribbean - A great resource (with photos) about the variety of marine life found in the Caribbean!  This is a great resource for those interested in learning more about the Caribbean ecosystem. Special thanks to Luke and Ryan from the After School Program in Colorado Springs, CO for finding this link and suggesting it be added to our site for others to enjoy as well.