As an Ocean Conservation charity, we rely on donations to continue our vital work around the world. All donations, no matter what the amount, are valuable to us – and will enable us to continue with our vital work to safeguard the future of our Ocean.
Why support us?
The Ocean Conservation Trust is different. We’ve turned the conventional approach to Ocean conservation on its head.
Traditionally, the approach to conservation is nature based, often involving programmes such as patrolling off limit areas by reserve wardens, tagging wild animals or collecting biological samples for lab based research . However, almost all of the challenges facing nature are due to humans. Thanks to our 21 years of experience in Ocean conservation, we know that successful conservation efforts in most instances are purely a question of human behaviour; whether that’s at a political, industrial, community or individual level.
Our approach, as a progressive Ocean conservation charity, is to be optimistic, putting people at the centre of the issue and helping them to understand how they can be a part of the solution. Our experience, combined with a growing body of evidence, has shown us that personal experiences and connectedness with nature are the foundation for lifelong support for conservation. With this in mind, all of our programmes are centred around encouraging positive interactions that foster a love for the Ocean and a desire to act positively for its future.
With your support, we can continue this vital work, cultivating an understanding of our Ocean’s impact on our day to day lives, and ours on it. Ultimately, to inspire positive behaviour change to create a healthy Ocean for our futures – and for the benefit and enjoyment of all.
Visit our Projects page to find out more.
Other ways to support us
If you would like to be part of our positive, people-focused, forward-thinking vision for the future of our Ocean, take a look at the projects below and get in touch with our team to discuss your ideas further Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at some of the future projects below
We are looking for funding partners to help us in our mission to:
- Established capacity to regenerate 4.6 hectares of Zostera marina in the UK
- Additional Blue Carbon capture of up to 62,892kg per annum equivalent to approximately 160 hectares of rain-forest
- Improvement in fishery hatcheries and nurseries
- Re-creation of habitat for rare and iconic species and sediment stabilisation
- Improved sediment stabilisation and coastal protection
- A scalable model across the range of Zostera marina internationally
- Transferable knowledge to sub-tropical and tropical species
To link with the UN Decade of Ocean Science and the Global Sustainable Development Goals. We have the ambitious concept of visiting every city in the UK to provide an opportunity for children and young people to speak to government about their hopes for the Ocean. We will collect thoughts and feelings from thousands of children to be presented to officials to show them how voters of the future wish to protect our Ocean.
The programme is set to continue its expansion across the country. The NMA aspires to ensure that every child has the opportunity to connect with and learn about the Ocean.
From our evaluation, we know that the main barrier to teaching about the Ocean, is teacher confidence in the subject and a lack of funding for teachers to attend CPD. To address this issue and help as many children as possible learn about the Ocean, we seek funding to deliver a selection of fully funded teacher training workshops that help teachers to embed the Ocean in to the teaching of their curriculum.
Being near to, on, in or under the Ocean has been proven to restore us mentally and physically. We are seeking funding to support the development of a UK wide snorkel trail. We wish to join the current snorkelling opportunities around the UK up into one online platform, helping those wishing to learn to snorkel find where they can take part in lessons. The trail will segment locations into ‘easy to expert’ level to ensure that everyone can have the chance to get in the water.
The future for the Aquarium is exciting with new virtual reality experiences, experiential exhibits and further progress to come in our animal research and breeding programmes. Partners wishing to get involved can support exhibit development, particularly in line with helping people to understand climate change.
For our next round of grant applications, we will be looking for projects that either support local communities in the field of sustainable aquaculture or seek to provide. Further donations towards our grant scheme ensure that we can support even more grassroots, local projects.
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