Blue Ocean Institute


About Blue Ocean

From Alaskan fishing villages to Zanzibar’s shores, Blue Ocean Institute studies how the ocean is changing and what these changes mean for wildlife and people. We don’t rely on gloomy environmental warnings. We know that predictions don’t move people to make important changes that can help our shared ocean. Instead we seek to inspire a deeper connection with nature, in everyone touched by an ocean. Blue Ocean translates scientific information into language people can understand and serves as a unique voice of hope, guidance, and encouragement.

Blue Ocean Institute works to create a more knowledgeable constituency for conservation. Led by conservation pioneer and MacArthur fellow, Dr. Carl Safina, we show how nature, community, the economy and prospects for peace are all intertwined.

Through Safina’s books, other writings, public speaking, PBS television series, our educational programs and research, we seek to inspire people to make better choices. Whether you’re a fisherman, seafood lover, student, faith leader, parent, artist, or chef, Blue Ocean wants you to care about the sea.

Blue Ocean Institute was founded in 2003 by Dr. Carl Safina. It was built on three decades of research, writing and policy work by Dr. Safina. The Institute is based at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Top Ten Takeaways

BLUE OCEAN INSTITUTE IS TEN! 2013 marks the Institute’s 10th anniversary! To celebrate, we’re sharing our TOP TEN TAKEAWAYS from our first decade. These are lessons that have shaped our conservation work and will help shape our next decade as well. Beginning mid-March, we’ll add one Takeaway per week for the next 10 weeks. We hope […]
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Board of Directors

Blue Ocean’s nine-member board includes experts in conservation, finance, art, management and fundraising. The board meets twice a year to review the organization’s budgets and provide guidance for programming. B. Eric Graham, Chairman Dr. Carl Safina, President Jeffrey F. Rizzo, Treasurer Dr. Michael Blakeney Rainer Judd Sven Olof Lindblad John (Jack) Macrae, III Richard Reagan Peter […]
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Blue Ocean’s staff includes scientists, writers, and dedicated conservationists – all with a deep passion for our shared ocean.
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Milestones & Firsts

This year we look back over quite a milestone–a full decade of achievements. 2013 was another banner year as Blue Ocean Institute used the power of scientific research, expeditions, social and traditional media and a new television series on PBS to share our message with the world. Here’s a list of key awards, publications, honors […]
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