The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) was created in 2012 to combat the deterioration of Shinnecock Bay. We're leading an initiative to use research, monitoring, science-based restoration, and public outreach to improve the water quality and fisheries of the Shinnecock Bay.
Marine Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas, or MPAs, protect and conserve ocean ecosystems, species, and habitats -- similar to national parks or forest reserves on land.
Shinnecock Bay Hope Spot
In early 2022, IOCS along with The Explorers Club nominated Shinnecock Bay as a Mission Blue Hope Spot, the first in the New York State and one of only a few on the U.S. East Coast.
Marine Conservation in China
Together with our team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, we are investigating China's network of MPAs, of which there is a dearth of information available to the international community.
Marine Areas of Consensus
After analyzing the world's MPA network, we discovered that there are several parts of the ocean that the global community agrees on protecting.
The 10x20 Initiative was an effort at the United Nations to encourage effective achievement of protecting 10% of the ocean by the year 2020, one of the most important targets within Sustainable Development Goal 14, "Life Below Water."
Funding challenges are a common thread and persistent problem for MPAs around the world and undermine the success of many marine conservation efforts.
We are pioneering the eDNA frontier! Upon establishing a standardized protocol for sampling eDNA from marine systems, we hope to use this new tool to monitor fisheries and discover new and cryptic species.
IOCS scientists and staff have years of experience in fisheries science and have employed a variety of fisheries independent survey techniques to research and assess fish populations around the globe.
With the Lenfest Ocean Program's support, we have formed a Task Force of diverse scientists that have come together to better understand and conserve one of the world's most underestimated taxa: forage fish. Through landmark publications, we have helped show the global community a better way to manage these valuable animals.
Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force
IOCS, with support from the Lenfest Ocean Program, convened the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force.