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.
Oceana is the largest international organization that is devoted solely to protecting the world’s oceans. Since their beginning in 2001, they have successfully spearheaded a variety of campaigns to improve ocean quality and protect marine habitat. It focuses solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species. Their offices in Europe, North America, Central America and South America work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.