Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Ocean River Institute, Inc.

  • Cambridge, MA
  • www.oceanriver.org

Mission Statement

The Ocean River Institute's mission is to foster greater personal and community involvement in environmental conservation, sustainable stewardship, protecting wildlife and ecosystems.

Main Programs

  1. Save Dying Dolphins in Florida
  2. Save British Virgin Islands Fishery Protected Area
  3. Save River Herring – Advocating for Strong Atlantic & River Herring Fishery Protections
  4. Sunshine Wildlife Educational Programs
  5. Ocean Air Project
Service Areas

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National

We serve environmental groups, scientists, and environmentally concerned locals in Massachusetts, Florida, California, Alaska, National, and the British Virgin Islands

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2007

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Dr Rob B Moir, Ph.D.

Keywords

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environment, conservation, wildlife, ecosystem, watersheds, rivers, oceans, science education, ocean literacy

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EIN

20-8273235

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: 1. ORI's dolphin campaign worked with Martin County Commissioners to pass the toughest lawn fertilizer ordinance in Florida, which bans lawn fertilizers during the summer rainy months.2. Organized and mobilized against a Florida state fertilizer bill intended to strip counties of the ability to regulate fertilizer use and sale. 3. Mobilized a national constituency for a national ocean policy to protect, maintain, and restore our great waters. Goals: 1. Use Martin County success story as a model for other Indian River Lagoon Counties to follow.2. Build relationships with other local governments to address nutrient pollution of their waterways.3. To establish a Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Ecological Research Area.4. To assist the British Virgin Island Environmental Council in defending Beef Island's pristine ecosystems from unregulated developers.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Save Dying Dolphins in Florida

ORI is saving dolphins suffering and dying from nitrogen pollution in Florida's Indian River Lagoon. ORI is collaborating with local groups and taking these concerns to local and regional decision makers to enact ordinances that will address this problem. Nitrogen is the worst pollutant of oceans in the world. Dolphin deaths are greatest when chlorophyll and nitrogen levels are highest in the water. The EPA estimates that the Lagoon gets 1 million pounds of nitrogen over the ecosystem's sustainable threshold. Excessive nitrogen creates toxic algae blooms, ocean dead zones, fish die-offs, harms wildlife, and results in slimy beaches. Suburban lawns have been receiving five times the amount of nitrogen necessary from fertilizers, with most of it running off into the Lagoon. An effective lawn fertilizer ordinance is required to reduce nitrogen pollution. We have had success in Martin County, one of the five counties on Indian River Lagoon. Now we must work with the other four counties.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

Save British Virgin Islands Fishery Protected Area

Unregulated developers, by invitation from the BVI government, are threatening Beef Island's pristine ecosystems. They want to build a cement-lined mega-yacht marina, golf course, and large hotel. The development would ruin pristine mangroves, corals, salt ponds, and the Hans Creek Fishery Protected Area. In response, BVI locals formed the Virgin Islands Environmental Council and sued the government. The Ocean River Institute was asked to assist when the expenses of bringing British Barristers to BVI became clear. 10,000 friends of ORI wrote letters, which were presented to ministers. We won the first legal round, but a new court ruling this year found that Hans Creek and other BVI ""Marine Protected Fishery Areas"" are not legally protected from development. These pristine fish areas are vital to both wildlife and the local fishing and tourist economy. ORI is working with locals to thwart legal attempts to forever destroy this invaluable fishery area and nesting place for birds.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

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General Public/Unspecified

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N/A

Program 3

Save River Herring – Advocating for Strong Atlantic & River Herring Fishery Protections

The National Marine Fisheries Service and the New England Fishery Management Council have failed to stem the decline of sea herring, river herring, and shad populations. The Ocean River Institute, fisherman Michael S. Flaherty, and charter boat Captain Alan A. Hastbacka are suing for effective management of these fisheries. Earthjustice is representing us. Atlantic herring, river herring and shad are critical to healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems. They provide a significant source of food for a variety of commercially valuable fish, birds and mammals. Since 1985 there has been over a 90 percent decline in river herring populations. Unregulated industrial midwater trawl fishing fleets have hit these fish populations hard. These trawlers can catch an entire run of river herring with a single haul. They are stripping smaller vessels and weir fishermen of their livelihoods. The lawsuit will get government agencies and fishery councils to sustainably manage herring fisheries.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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N/A

Program 4

Sunshine Wildlife Educational Programs

Sunshine Wildlife Education Programs began in 2000 in response to a need for educational awareness of our fragile coastal ecosystems. In 2008, Sunshine Wildlife Education contacted ORI to be their fiscal agent and partner for educational efforts on the Indian River Lagoon. ORI supports Sunshine Wildlife with better signage and protection for two island bird rookeries in the Lagoon, promotes the education work of Sunshine Wildlife on our website and social media, and co-hosts their annual fundraiser. Sunshine Wildlife (SW) provides on-water ecology programs of the Indian River Lagoon to school groups, community members, and tourists. SW vessels are used by scientists for monitoring and research. SW works with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Wild Dolphin Project on locating and rescuing injured marine mammals, as well as with research and health assessment program. Since we began conducting programs, we have observed major declines in habitat and wildlife.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

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Budget

N/A

Program 5

Ocean Air Project

Conservation efforts aimed at protecting oceans, coasts, and watersheds on the West Coast have gained tremendous momentum. An important factor has been the availability of light aircraft for aerial photography missions and air tours for decision makers, stakeholders, journalists, and donors. Ocean Air is an ORI program that supports flight operations to advance ocean, coastal, and watershed protection efforts on the West Coast. Michael Sutton directs Ocean Air and is the operator of the aircraft. Michael Sutton dedicates his flying and the aircraft to conservation missions on the West Coast. Ocean Air brings the unique perspective of flight to land, water, and ocean conservation issues on the West Coast. Ocean Air assists the State of California in its efforts to implement the Marine Life Protection Act, helps coalitions of stakeholders in Oregon and Washington launch marine protected area initiatives, and brings these efforts to the attention of journalists and decision makers.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

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Adults

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Budget

N/A

Service Areas

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National

We serve environmental groups, scientists, and environmentally concerned locals in Massachusetts, Florida, California, Alaska, National, and the British Virgin Islands

Funding Needs

ORI seeks support for growing and mobilizing a national network of advocates for sustainable, science-based environmental conservation, public outreach and education efforts, collaboration with and support of partner organizations, working with decision makers, and to significantly reduce pollution in waterways, rivers and oceans.

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OCEAN RIVER INSTITUTE INC.
Fiscal year: Feb 01-Jan 31

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Principal Officer

Dr Rob B Moir, Ph.D.

BIO

Dr. Moir is an educator, scientist, and activist with a proven history of institutional management and marine policy success. Dr. Moir has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founding president of the advocacy organizations Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, Salem Sound 2000 (there were combined and continue today as Salem Sound Coastwatch)and later Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he also served as president. He was Sea Education Association?s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, a major gifts officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Dr. Moir is an At Large member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr Rob B Moir Jr

Ocean River Institute

Term: Feb 2013 - Jan 2014

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