Ocean Conservancy strives for clean beaches and water by fighting for trash-free seas. (Fotolia)

Making a sea change

Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems through research, education, and science-based advocacy.  

Among the organization’s priorities: striving for clean beaches and water by fighting for trash-free seas; protecting the fish population and ensuring healthy food with sustainable fisheries; raising awareness about the devastating impact of environmental pollutants; aiming for a balanced, working ocean and vibrant marine life through ocean acidification; and implementing plans to reduce conflicts among ocean users and sustain a thriving ocean economy. 

The Conservancy recently published a guide for using the $1 billion settlement fund intended to pay for restoring the Gulf of Mexico, which was damaged seven years ago in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These efforts will help ensure that affected wildlife and habitats recover quickly and thrive for generations to come.      

BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we spotlight deserving organizations in every issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org), which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability, and transparency.