Aggregated Information on Our Oceans
Updated 7/21/15

    N.B.: COMING SOON - Mouse over all "about" links for a snapshot of the organization.

Fisheries and Marine Life

I. Global Fisheries

II. Regional Fisheries

III. Marine Life

Marine Species

Endangered Marine Species

Invasive Species

I. Global Fisheries

  1. Atlantic Salmon Federation International nonprofit dedicated to wild Atlantic salmon.

  2. Jean-Michel Cousteau' Ocean Futures Society Updated information on sustainable seafood and fisheries.

  3. Ocean Conservancy "5 Reasons You Depend on Healthy Fisheries" article from the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy.

  4. SeaWeb International charity with links to information on fisheries.

II. Regional Fisheries

  1. Australia: Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Australian Government agency that monitors commercial Commonwealth fishing.

  2. Australia: Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) Australian charity with Information on Australia's fisheries and management.

  3. Australia: Department of Fisheries, Government of Western Australia Links to information on fishing and whale watching in Western Australia.

  4. Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Information on fisheries and oceans in Canada.

  5. Canada: Living Oceans Society Information on salmon farming on Canada’s Pacific coast.

  6. EU: Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Coalition pushing for strong EU regulations to ensure sustainable deep-sea fisheries.

  7. Japan: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Links to reports and statistics on fisheries in Japan; MAFF is a government funded agency of Japan.

  8. UK: MarineBio US-based nonprofit ocean conservation and research organization with information on sustainable fisheries.

  9. US: American Fisheries Society US-based nonprofit with regional chapters on organizations dedicated to fisheries and fisheries issues.

  10. US: Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) US nonprofit in San Francisco established by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) and works on its habitat protection program.

  11. US: Marine Fish Conservation Network A "coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations" dedicated to wild ocean fisheries.

  12. US: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Links to organizations and information about US fisheries.

  13. US: NOAA Fisheries - Seafood Inspection Program US Government seafood inspection program.

  14. US: US Department of Justice Overview of "Protecting Ocean Fisheries - the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act."

  15. US: US Fish and Wildlife Service Clickable US map with links to regional fisheries.

  16. US: USGS Fisheries Program USGS

  17. US - Alaska: Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) Nonprofit for Alaska region. One of two regional fisheries development foundations.

  18. US - Alaska: Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) US-based nonprofit with information on Southeast Alaska fisheries.

  19. US - Alaska: Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) US-based nonprofit with information on Alaska region hatcheries.

  20. US - Alaska: United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) US-based nonprofit with Commercial Fishing Facts page.

  21. US - Atlantic: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission A "deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of 25 nearshore fish species" funded through a combination of member state dues and state and federal grants.

  22. US - Gulf: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Council that "prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources from where state waters end, out to the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico."

  23. US - Gulf: Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. Nonprofit for Gulf region. One of two regional fisheries development foundations.

  24. US - Gulf: Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission US government organization on behalf of the five gulf states.

  25. US - Florida: Bream Fishermen Association US-based nonprofit with resources page on Hatcheries.

  26. US - Florida: Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. US-based nonprofit with Hatcheries page for Florida - Florida’s Marine Fisheries Enhancement Initiative (FMFEI).

  27. US - Hawaii: West Hawaii Fisheries Council Online information about West Hawaii marine managed areas.

  28. US - Maine: Maine Lobstermen's Association Organization, with 14 Chapters around the region, dedicated to protecting the fisheries resources.

  29. US - Maryland: Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association (MSSA) information

  30. US - North Carolina: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission State agency with information on North Carolina hatcheries.

  31. US - Oregon: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Information on state fishing and fisheries.

  32. US - Pacific: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) NOAA division for "scientific research and monitoring programs that support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources."

  33. US - Pacific: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) Organization dedicated to "promote the better utilization of fisheries" for member states California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.

  34. US - Pacific: Pelagic Fisheries Research Program Provides scientific information on pelagic fisheries to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Pelagic "refers to fish that live in the near-surface waters of the ocean, often far from shore."

  35. US - Rhode Island: Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife Marine Fisheries Section.

  36. US: U.S. Regional Fishery Management Council There are 8 councils in the United States.

III. Marine Life

    Marine Species

  1. American Cetacean Society Its mission is to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats.

  2. Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation - Whaleresearch.org The nonprofit's Whaleresearch.org is dedicated to whales and dolphins globally.

  3. Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Scripps Institution of Oceanography page on marine biodiversity.

  4. Cetacean Society International Nonprofit conservation, education and research organization devoted to whales, dolphins and porpoises.

  5. Defenders of Wildlife U.S. based charity that has a Marine Fact Sheet and links to marine species and issues.

  6. European Cetacean Society (ECS) European membership organization dedicated to promoting and educating public on marine mammals.

  7. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) International charity with information on grey nurse shark known as the sand tiger shark.

  8. Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO) Advocacy group for the sea otter.

  9. Hawaii Wildlife Fund US-based nonprofit with Marine Life of Hawai'I page.

  10. Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust Charity "dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland's whales, dolphins and porpoises."

  11. International Fund for Animal Welfare US-based nonprofit that has a campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.

  12. International Game Fish Association US-based nonprofit with an international Species Database.

  13. International Whaling Commission The "global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling," and is funded by its member governments.

  14. Marine Connection UK charity dedicated to dolphins, whales and porpoises.

  15. Marine Life Information Network - MarLIN An initiative of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) that "provides information resources to support marine environmental management, conservation and education."

  16. Marine Mammal Center US-based nonprofit that has an Adopt-a-Seal program.

  17. National Wildlife Federation US-based nonprofit has an Oceans page for kids.

  18. Oceana Ocean Animal Encyclopedia page.

  19. Oceanic Research Group, Inc. Nonprofit designed to increase awareness of marine environments and species.

  20. Oceans Research Organization that "provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa's wildlife."

  21. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Oregon State Parks whale watching information.

  22. Pacific Marine Mammal Center Pacific Marine Mammal Center Webcam shows the Lagune, Ca., nonprofit's patients, marine animals, recuperating.

  23. Point Blue US-based nonprofit with a page on Forage Fish Conservation in California.

  24. Polar Bears International International nonprofit with a focus only on polar bears, and posts video clips of them in action.

  25. Project Seahorse Conservation organization, and partner with University of British Columbia, dedicated to protecting seahorses to protect the oceans, iSeahorse.org tracks seahorse sightings.

  26. Save the Manatee Club US-based nonprofit with an Adopt-A-Manatee program.

  27. Sea Turtle Conservancy International nonprofit to "ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific."

  28. Shark Research Institute (SRI) US-based nonprofit that researches sharks and promotes their conservation.

  29. Shark Trust UK charity dedicated to sharks.

  30. SharkSavers, a Program of WildAid US-based nonprofit dedicated to sharks and rays.

  31. Support Our Sharks (SOS) Ocean Conservation Society A project of the non-profit Hackett Foundation at The University of Western Australia (UWA) to raise awareness to the threats faced by sharks and rays.

  32. Turtle Island Restoration Network US-based nonprofit dedicated to issues facing sea turtles and other marine life.

  33. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) US-based nonprofit with a Whale Adoption Project.

  34. Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Centre WSORC Nonprofit established to research whale sharks in Honduras.

  35. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) A US-based nonprofit oceanographic research organization, with an online Ocean Life Institute page.

  36. World Ocean Observatory US-based nonprofit with a World Register of Marine Species page.

  37. Endangered Marine Species

  38. Center for Biological Diversity Nonprofit has an Oceans page that lists information on marine species they seek to protect.

  39. Marine Mammal Commission US-government agency with link to Marine Mammal Species of Special Concern, including endangered or threatened.

  40. Endangered Species Coalition US-based nonprofit that lists marine species on the endangered list.

  41. Turtle Island Restoration Network US-based nonprofit dedicated to protect endangered marine species.

  42. Marine Life Information Network - MarLIN An initiative of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) that "provides information resources to support marine environmental management, conservation and education."

  43. Invasive Species

  44. European Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) Organization posts links to "Identification key to marine invasive species in Nordic waters."

  45. Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) Organization "manages Aliens-L, a list server dedicated to invasive species that threaten biodiversity."

  46. Marine Invasions Research Lab, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Center for research on invasive species.

  47. United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library Maintains a list of Aquatic Invasive Animals.

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