Oceana, Inc.

Protecting the World's Oceans

Washington, DC   |  www.oceana.org

Mission

We can save the oceans and feed the world.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. We run science-based campaigns and seek to win policy victories that can restore ocean biodiversity and ensure that the oceans are abundant and can feed hundreds of millions of people. Oceana victories have already helped to create policies that could increase fish populations in its countries by as much as 40 percent and that have protected more than 1 million square miles of ocean. We have campaign offices in the countries that control close to 25 percent of the world's wild fish catch, including in North, South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.

Ruling year info

2000

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Andrew Sharpless

Main address

1025 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

51-0401308

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Ocean Protection Programs.

Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were.  Oceana has programs implemented worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of square kilometers of ocean habitat protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Ocean Protection Programs.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Areas closed to destructive bottom trawling and new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) created as a result of our advocacy.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Oceana's mission is to protect and restore the world's oceans. Our vision is for the oceans to be as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were. We use focused, science-based campaigns to win practical solutions that help ensure the oceans can continue to thrive and be a source of food and scientific discovery, generate jobs, and power economies for generations to come.

Oceana is leading a global campaign called Save the Oceans, Feed the World. A fully productive ocean can provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13-15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Just 30 countries control 90 percent of the world's wild fish catch. Oceana is already working in countries that control more than one-third of the wild fish catch: the United States, Europe, Chile, Brazil, the Philippines, Canada, Belize, Peru, and Mexico. Oceana's goal is to expand its campaigns to countries that control at least 50 percent of the world's wild fish catch within the next five to ten years.
In each of these countries, Oceana campaigns to win policy change that has been proven to lead to fisheries and ocean recovery, including:
1. Set reasonable fishing quotas and reduce industrial over-fishing,
2. Reduce bycatch (the incidental catch of non-targeted animals),
3. Protect marine habitat, and
4. Reduce the harmful effects of marine pollution.

Oceana's fundraising strategy will continue to emphasize foundation grants (76 percent in 2015), combined with increased revenue from online giving, corporate partnerships, major donor giving and event revenue. Oceana also anticipates more government funding from European sources such as the EU Commission.

Oceana has grown into an international organization that has won more than 100 victories and made real progress in restoring fisheries around the world. Among its major accomplishments are:
•Reforms for Europe's Fisheries: In 2013, the EU approved major reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
•Largest Marine Park in the Americas: In 2015, Chile protected nearly 300,000 sq km in the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park.
•U.S. Arctic Protections: Oceana stopped the expansion of industrial fishing in U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait in 2009 and in 2015 got Shell Oil to cease U.S. Arctic oil exploration.
•Safeguarding Belize's Natural Resources: Belize has banned all forms of trawling, and in 2017 enacted a moratorium on offshore oil activity.
•Protecting Threatened Species: A 2003 action to require larger Turtle Excluder Devices on Gulf of Mexico shrimp nets saved an estimated 60,000 sea turtles a year. Since then, Oceana campaigns have put in place countless other protections.

Financials

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Oceana, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Valarie Van Cleave

Ocean Advocate

Daniel Pauly

University of British Columbia

Ted Danson

Actor/Activist

Sam Waterson

Actor/Activist

Simon Sidamon-Eristoff

Kalbian Hagerty LLP

Kristian Parker

Oak Philanthropy Limited

Cesar Gaviria

World Lecturer

Stephen McAllister

Cherrywood Development LLC

James Sandler

Sandler Foundation

Herbert Bedolfe, III

Marisla Foundation

Maria Eugenia Giron

Business Leader

Keith Addis

Industry Entertainment Partners

Susan Rockefeller

Documentary Filmmaker

Heather Stevens

The Waterloo Foundation

Sydney Davis

Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation

Loic Gouzer

Christie's Auction House

Diana Thomson

Nikita Foundation

Valarie Van Cleave

Ocean Advocate

Jean Weiss

Ocean Advocate

Rashid Sumaila

University of British Columbia

Gaz Alazraki

Alazraki Entertainment

Jena King

Jena and Michael King Foundation

Monique Bar

Arcas Foundation

Nicholas Davis

Euroamerica

Sara Lowell

Marisla Foundation

David Rockefeller, Jr.

Sailor/Conservationist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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