The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science pursues world-class research into pressing marine conservation issues. Our team of staff scientists, collaborators, and external grantees provide the evidence needed to influence smarter ocean policy and improve the health of oceans and their inhabitants, around the world.
Sharks are top predators, yet are highly vulnerable to overexploitation and many populations are collapsing. Sharks mature late, reproduce infrequently, have few pups per litter, and are overfished globally. The Institute is on the frontlines of shark research and conservation.
Sturgeons worldwide have been overfished nearly to extinction in pursuit of their prized caviar eggs, and their habitat is being destroyed. The Institute is an international leader in research efforts to conserve these ancient fish and raise consumer consciousness.
The Institute provides scientific evidence for management plans that will stem the depletion of fish from our oceans and safeguard threatened marine ecosystems. Our ecosystem-based approach recognizes that species and habitats cannot be successfully managed in isolation.
The Institute pursues solutions to one of the world’s most serious environmental challenges – the deterioration of ocean ecosystems. We support innovative marine scientists whose specialties range from coral reef biology to species interconnectedness.