Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

Letter from Jean-Michel Cousteau
What You Can Do
Links to Learn More


Get Involved: Links to Learn More

Want the latest news on oceanic research, protection, restoration and conservation? Are you concerned about the protection of marine animals? Want to find ways you can help? There are many organizations throughout the world that offer opportunities for you to get involved in the protection of our oceans ecosystems. You can learn more about the groups listed here and many others by visiting their Web sites.


Shark Research, Protection and Conservation

The Shark Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and protecting sharks in their natural habitats. They feature a wide range of information about sharks, current conservation efforts as well as image galleries and shark databases. (at

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans through both education and action. Their site features links on how to become involved and this page specifically about great white shark conservation efforts. (at

WildAid's Shark Conservation Program helps to raise awareness globally about the threats to sharks, promote sustainable management of shark populations, and end the practice of and market for finning. (at

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Whale Research, Protection and Conservation

American Cetacean Society provides in-depth information on whale and dolphin research, conservation, policies and protection in addition to educational fact sheets and fun online games for kids. (at

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society features detailed information about their anti-whaling mission, international whale news and how to get involved. (at

Whale Spoken Here is a volunteer whale watching program along the Oregon Coast coordinated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. (at

Cascadia Research, a non-profit, scientific and education research organization provides the opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts through their Adopt a Gray Whale program. (at

EarthWatch coordinates regular research expeditions where families can participate in capturing and analyzing data to understand the role of gray whales in the coastal ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean. (at

The National Marine Fisheries Service's mission is stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. (at

The University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science provides an array of information and links to current government research and conservation efforts to protect endangered whales. (at

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving permanent solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges. This link takes you directly to their whale protection page. (at

The American Cetacean Society works to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats through public education, research grants and conservation actions. Among their many projects are specialized whale-watching trips with certified naturalists throughout the year. Their Web site serves as a hub for information on some of the issues facing cetaceans, such as the perils of military sonar and other types of sound pollution. (at

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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Environmental Protection

The NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve is the largest conservation area in the U.S. and is 135,000 square miles in size. Within its borders are vast and healthy coral reefs, endangered and threatened species, and important Hawaiian cultural sites. It was recently name America's newest monument by President Bush. (at

The Ocean Conservancy works with the public by providing a voice and written comments towards the further protection of the NWHI's ecosystem. (at

KAHEA means "the call" and this community-based organization works to improve the quality of life for Hawaii's people on a cultural and environmental level. (at

The Environmental Defense is a non-profit organization that has joined causes in the fields of science, economics and law to protect the environment, including the National Oceans Service and the NWHI. (at

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Coral Reef Conservation

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit and member supported organization that works with communities to conserve, protect, sustain, and educate people about the health of coral reefs. (at

The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of marine diseases and the protection of coral reefs with the help of volunteer scientists, environmentalists and divers. (at

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) provides resources, equipment, guidance and monitors the conservation of coral reefs, all on a global network. (at

Hawai'i Coral Reef Network is a grass-roots organization that joins environmental, scientific, governmental and public communities to protect coral reefs. (at

The International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) has created a global partnership of coral reef scientists and conservation groups dedicated to stopping and reversing the poor health of coral reefs. (at

The National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) operates at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and assesses, restores and monitors the health of coral reefs through research, training and education. (at

Reef Base is an online information system whose goal is to facilitate sustainable management of coral reefs to benefit poor populations in developing countries. (at

Reef Check is a volunteer, ocean conservation organization dedicated to saving coral reefs around the world including temperate reefs in California. (at

Reef Guardian International is a public-interest advocacy organization that is dedicated to protecting coral reefs. (at

Reef Relief is a nonprofit grassroots membership organization whose goal is to protect living coral reef ecosystems. (at

The Marine Aquarium Council is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve coral reefs and other marine ecosystems by creating standards and certification programs for the collection of marine life. The organization acts as a liaison between marine animal collectors, exporters, importers, aquariums, conservation organizations and government agencies. On their site is a downloadable list of tropical reef fish that are approved for marine aquariums. (at

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Ocean and Coast Environmental Protection

The World Resource Institute provides tools, solutions, current status and lists of threats towards coastal and marine ecosystems. (at

The World Wildlife Fund covers at least 10 percent of the world's oceans and wants to ensure that fish stocks are sustainable and managed in a healthy manner towards the environment. (at

The Ocean Futures Society, founded by Jean Michel Cousteau, is dedicated to exploring our global ocean with a focus on educating people worldwide to act responsibly for its protection. Ocean Futures also works in partnership with scientists and researchers to increase public awareness of their ongoing scientific research and offers youth education programs that promote environmental stewardship and sustainable living. The Web site provides the latest conservation news as well as information on the society's research, exploration and education activities. (at

The Earth Island Institute promotes the conservation, preservation and restoration of marine mammals and sea turtles and the reduction of marine pollution through education and activism. The institute also publishes Earth Island Journal. The quarterly journal provides in-depth coverage of international environmental news and exclusive reports from the institute's project network. (at

The Environmental News Network is a source for balanced, nonpartisan news, information and interactive resources such as podcasts and streaming video reports on timely environmental issues. (at

Global Green USA is a national environmental organization that wishes to create green buildings and cities, eliminate weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment, and provide clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water. (at

The Harte Research Institute generates and disseminates knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The institute is an endowed research component of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Its main concern is to support and advance the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Detailed descriptions of the institute's projects are available on its Web site. (at

The International Seakeepers Society promotes scientific monitoring of our oceans by scientists and private citizens in support of conservation and preservation. The organization's recent publication "11 Critical Ocean Issues, With Action Items for Concerned Citizens" is available on its Web site. (at

The Monterey Bay Aquarium introduces people to the ocean in an educational environment. It also supports and conducts conservation research programs to generate the scientific findings essential to making sound ocean-policy decisions. The aquarium's dynamic Web site has rich educational resources for all ages, pocket guides for making smart seafood choices, and a searchable online field guide to the creatures inhabiting our oceans and waterways. (at

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundationis a private nonprofit organization that assists the federally managed National Marine Sanctuaries program with education and outreach programs designed to preserve, protect and promote meaningful opportunities for public interaction with the nation's marine sanctuaries. (at

The Natural Resources Defense Council fights to safeguard drinking water; to protect, preserve and restore our rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters; and to promote conservation and better water management in the arid western states. (at

The Ocean Conservancy posts detailed information on significant ocean issues, including bycatch, invasive species, marine debris and overfishing, on its educational and informative Web site. (at

The Ocean Foundation, considered a philanthropic portal, promotes better ocean stewardship through donor education, fund-raising and the regranting of funds to other nonprofits. (at

Oceana enlists marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates to promote specific and concrete policy changes affecting the health of our oceans. Information on the organization's recommended policy changes and the research and science supporting their campaigns is available on its Web site. (at

The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Its Web site offers numerous tools, such as a list of local environmental resources and tips searchable by ZIP code, quizzes, and a Legislative Tracker for tracking recently proposed legislation. (at

The International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources provides the Red List, an extensive database that you can search to find population information about nearly any species of animal in the world, including marine animals. (at

The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve animal welfare, prevent animal cruelty and abuse, protect wildlife, and provide animal rescue around the world. Its projects range from stopping the elephant ivory trade to ending the hunting of Canadian seals to saving whales from extinction. (at

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Amazon Research, Protection and Conservation

The Amazonian Fish Web Site, sponsored by Pisces Conservation, includes detailed information on the plants and animals of the Amazon. (at

The World Wildlife Fund began its conservation efforts in the Amazon more than 30 years ago. Find out more about what the organization has accomplished and is accomplishing, from helping to create protected areas to supporting sustainable fishing in indigenous communities. (at

The Nature Conservancy recognizes that the Amazon is the most biodiverse place on the planet. The organization works closely with indigenous people of the area to help them to protect and manage their land. (at

Greenpeace's projects in the Amazon are largely dedicated to protecting the region's rainforest. Learn more about logging and deforestation, as well as about Greenpeace's work to promote sustainable forestry. (at

The Amazon Animal Orphanage has taken in monkeys, anteaters, birds and even a jaguar that had been captured and was dying. (at

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation works to increase the size, quality and durability of the protected-area systems of the Amazon River Basin. (at

The Amazon Conservation Association is dedicated to conserving the biological diversity of the Amazon River Basin. (at

The Xixuaú-Xiparina Reserve is the location of numerous academic studies, including studies on medicinal plants and giant otters. (at

The Community Empowerment Network of the Xixuaú-Xiparina Reserve works to build leadership skills among indigenous people of the region through a program called "Creating a Culture of Learning and Empowerment in the Amazon Region" (cCLEAR). (at

The Institute for Ecological Research has worked in the Amazon region since 2000, specifically in the protected areas of the lower Negro River region. The organization's work covers environmental education, Amazonian manatee protection, ethnobotany, ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. (at

Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental organizations in the Amazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development such as oil and gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects. (at

The Amazon Conservation Team works in partnership with indigenous people in conserving biodiversity, health and culture in the region. The organization's interest in tribal health and ethnomedicine is reflected in its flagship Shamans and Apprentices program. (at

Survival International is an organization that works to protect tribal people's rights worldwide. One of the organization's projects involves fighting for the rights of the Enawene Nawe, a tiny tribe of 450 whose land is threatened by a proposed complex of hydroelectric dams. (at

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