To save the global oceans and the biodiversity contained therein by strengthening marine conservation grantmaking, and providing an opportunity for information sharing, dialogue, strategy development and collaboration among funders.


  • Increase collaboration, relationship building, and cooperation within the marine conservation funding community.
  • Increase collaboration among foundations devoted to addressing the challenge of global marine conservation.
  • Increase the level of investment in the field, especially foundation funding.
  • Leverage opportunities to advance strategies to address marine conservation.


  • Monitor developments on a wide range of marine conservation issues, including fisheries management reform, establishing a worldwide network of marine protected areas, reducing the global environmental impacts of mariculture, and promoting a worldwide consumer seafood movement.
  • Educate funders on a wide range of international marine conservation issues, looking for strategic linkages to US domestic issues.
  • Investigate strategies to improve the effectiveness of public advocacy for the oceans.


  • Annual Marine Conservation Program meeting on a variety of marine conservation issues and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Webinars and conference calls on global marine conservation issues.
  • Support and promotion for FundingtheOcean.org, a collaborative effort to improve the collection and dissemination of marine conservation grantmaking information.
  • Coordination with other funder networks and outreach to new funders in the field.
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