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SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/01/2014: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE

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Alameda, CA
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SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/01/2014: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE

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Physical Address: Alameda, CA 94501 
EIN: 26-1892969
Web URL: www.sylviaearlealliance.org 
Blog URL: blog.sylviaearlealliance.org/ 
NTEE Category: U Science and Technology Research Institutes
U21 Marine Science and Oceanography
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Ruling Year: 2008 


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Mission Statement

The Sylvia Earle Alliance is dedicated to exploring and protecting the ocean, the blue heart of our planet’s life support system.  More than 70% of Earth is covered by ocean, and 94% of our habitable space is in the seas.  Yet, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean and protected less than 1%.   Through ocean research, exploration and expeditions that increase public awareness of the ocean, the foundation aims to fulfill the wish expressed by founder Sylvia Earle in 2009: To ignite public support for a network of marine protected areas, increasing worldwide coverage by no less than a factor of ten over the next ten years.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

Total Revenue $492,594
Total Expenses $409,558

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Leadership

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Dr. Sylvia Earle

Term:

Since Mar 2008

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Programs

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Budget:
$25,000,000
Category:
Science & Technology
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

In pursuit of its mission to explore and care for the ocean, Deep Search plans a series of ocean research expeditions that will add to scientific knowledge and increase public awareness of the urgent need to protect and conserve globally important ocean regions.  The team also plans to use these expeditions to provide an exciting, real-time layer to GoogleOcean—with daily blog posts and live feeds from the seafloor.  Current plans are to launch three expeditions per year for the next five years.  Target destinations include: Gulf of Mexico Seychelles/Madagascar, West Indian Ocean Galapagos Islands, Pacific Ocean Bermuda, Atlantic Ocean Hawaiian Archipelago, Pacific Ocean Northwest Passage, Arctic Ocean Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Southern Ocean Patagonian Shelf, Atlantic Ocean Coral Triangle, Indonesian-Philippines Region & Far Southwestern Pacific Region Palau, Pacific Ocean Tasmania/Australia's Southern Coast, Pacific Ocean/Indian Ocean Solomon Islands, Pacific Ocean Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean

Program Long-Term Success:

Beginning in 2000, Dr. Sylvia Earle led a 5-year series of expeditions in concert with the National Geographic Society, called Sustainable Seas.  The mission was to document the biological and physical resources of the National Marine Sanctuaries of the United States.  A book, documentary and articles resulted, providing a significant enhancement in public awareness of the sanctuary program and its value to the nation.

Program Short-Term Success:

As noted in Deep Search's mission statement, the global expeditions currently envisioned will focus on increasing the coverage of Marine Protected Areas globally by a factor of at least 10 times.  Deep Search has partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine to fulfill this mission.

Program Success Monitored by:

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine.  Total oceanic coverage by Marine Protected Areas, as defined by IUCN.  Currently at 0.77% of oceanic area.  Program goal: 10.0% by 2020.

Program Success Examples:

See Sustainable Seas Expeditions, National Geographic Society: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/seas/(http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/seas/)
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