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Walk The Walk To Keep The Ocean From Going Dark


Tim Crowley / Marine Photobank
The many threats to our ocean may seem as vast as its waters. And for those who don't have a constant view of its wonders, how the ocean is relevant to our daily lives may also seem obscure. Yet the ties between our own health and that of the ocean's are tightly intertwined, from the ocean helping to regulating our climate to providing more than half of our oxygen and at least a sixth of our animal protein. (See more about these connections in Ocean and Human Health).

Don't wait for the ocean to go dark before taking action. Show your committment by taking the Ocean Pledge.

We can all be custodians of the ocean and therefore benefit our own lives. Here are simple, effective ways to learn more and help protect our marine environments now and for future generations.

Be Informed and Educate Others

Being aware of threats to our ocean is the first step towards conserving it.

SeaWeb offers many resources that can keep you up-to-date on ocean issues:

  • Our free e-newsletters provide the latest ocean news, from information about marine research to sustainable seafood.
  • Ocean Issue Briefs provide overviews of various subjects related to ocean health and conservation.
  • Marine Science Citations is a collection of research papers divided by year and topic.

Learn about the threats to our marine environments through our Ocean News, Market Solutions, and Science Matters portals. Then let your students, classmates, children, neighbors or elected officials know. You can be a leader for the ocean in your community.

Shop Smart

Everything we buy, use and throw away in some way can affect the health of the ocean. For ways to be a sustainability-savvy shopper—from the seafood choices we make to what we use to clean, power and decorate our homes—see Shop Smart >>

Share Your Ocean Images


Fiona Ayerst / Marine Photobank

Become a contributing member of our Marine Photobank and your photos and other images could help bring marine issues to life and inspire others to do all they can to help conserve the ocean. The Marine Photobank is a community of photographers, ocean conservationists, scientists, educators, students and others donating marine conservation images that can be used free for non-commercial and educational purposes. The Photobank contains thousands of images that depict both the wonder and awe of the ocean as well as the challenges it faces today.

Report on Ocean Issues

Lost at sea when it comes to reporting on ocean issues? They may seem as vast and complex as the ocean itself. Yet as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life affects all of us, more and more reporters and editors are recognizing the ocean's ties to our daily lives and the need to convey this to their audiences. SeaWeb provides reporters with trusted, science-based resources and connections to ocean experts. Let us help you give the ocean the in-depth coverage it deserves. Check out our Ocean News portal for up-to-date stories and our media resources. Need more information? Pease contact us at media@seaweb.org.

Let Us Highlight Your Research


Pete Naylor / Marine Photobank

Marine ecosystems are changing before our eyes. Our climate is changing, the ocean is being depleted of resources while becoming more polluted and acidic—and human and other animal populations are feeling the effects of these impacts on our marine environment. More than ever, we need science to inform policymakers, managers, business leaders and journalists of what is happening to our blue world. SeaWeb's audience is international and reaches across all of these sectors and so could your research. Let us highlight it in our online publications, from our website features such as Science in the Spotlight and Ocean Voices to our e-newsletters, including the Marine Science Review and Ocean Update.

Be a Voice for the Ocean

Have something to say on behalf of the ocean or is your work dedicated to promoting conservation of the ocean? If you would like your voice to be heard or know someone who is dedicated to a healthy ocean, please tell us. We might feature you or your suggested champion on our website as an Ocean Voice.

Let Your Purchases Support SeaWeb

Visit our ocean-themed gift store. Buy a book, or any item, through our links to Amazon.com or GoodShop and SeaWeb will receive a contribution every time you make a purchase.

Contact Us

Have an idea for our website, newsletters or organization? SeaWeb is always happy to hear from you. Let us know how we can help you or how you can help us conserve our marine environments. For website or newsletter ideas, please send an e-mail to editor@seaweb.org. Otherwise, please reach us at contactus@seaweb.org.