All life is connected to the ocean.

As a species, our survival is dependent on our oceans being healthy and full of life, yet only four percent are currently protected. This means that vast areas are left unregulated and vulnerable to ever-increasing human pressures such as unsustainable fishing, irresponsible waste management and climate change.

96%

of our oceans are unprotected

50%

reduction in marine life between 1970 and 2012

The consequences are already becoming clear.

If we don’t protect marine life from destructive human activities now, the oceans face a ‘sixth mass extinction’; an extinction caused by humans.

Our ocean giants hold the key.

Marine megafauna play a critical role in the health of our oceans’ vast ecosystems, and thus the survival of all marine life. The stakes have never been higher for these ocean giants, which is why the Marine Megafauna Foundation is on a mission to save them using pioneering research, education, and sustainable conservation solutions.

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The next 10 years may be more important than the last 10,000 in determining the fate of our oceans."

-Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist and Explorer

A mission worth talking about.

Since MMF’s inception, our scientists have made great strides by using groundbreaking research to educate local and global communities and inspire lasting conservation solutions. We have made documented improvements in research, education and conservation and our work has been featured in a variety of global media outlets.

Key Accomplishments

  • Discovered a new species of manta ray
  • Conducted the in-depth assessments necessary to list manta rays and whale sharks on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • Pioneered groundbreaking technology such as the use of satellite tags, new non-invasive methods to collect DNA samples, and algorithms and photo recognition software to track populations
  • Expanded marine protection strategies in the Western Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and The Americas
  • Instrumental in the listing of manta rays in the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

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