Dedicated to marine conservation, Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans through the designation of MPAs (marine protected areas).
Globally, all large-scale marine conservation work relies on the creation of MPAs. They're the only legal way of protecting oceans from serious issues like pollution, overfishing, and preventing the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. In some cases conservation measures actually do exist, but they aren't always implemented, and often are abused.
Of the small number of MPAs that have been established, the vast majority suffer from little or no management at all. 90% are open to fishing and almost all are open to recreation and tourism.
Oceana gathers information on various marine species and their habitats through their at-sea expeditions. Generating reports created from their findings, they use these to propose new MPAs and lobby governments for changes to the management of existing ones.