The Safina Center

Hand-made paddles, Pemba Island, Tanzania.Hand-made paddles, Pemba Island, Tanzania.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

About The Safina Center

The Safina Center
Building A New Conservation Constituency for the 21st Century

The Safina Center is a targeted, streamlined organization that is small in size but oversized in impact. Our body of work based on innovative science includes thought-leading books, film, articles, essays and op-eds that inspire and inform a growing constituency for conservation worldwide. We continue to broaden our reach to new audiences and aim to create breakthroughs and transform values. Together, our programs are helping to deliver the science, understanding and shift in attitude that can enable people and wildlife to better coexist now and in the future. The Safina Center is working to create a new conservation constituency for the 21st century.

As thought-leaders helping to shape the human relationship with nature, we create durable and sharable creative work (mainly writing and film) that inspires people toward action. Because our award-winning work is distributed by major book publishers and featured in such far-reaching outlets as The New York Times, PBS television,,, and varied major Web outlets, we achieve influence highly disproportionate to our small size and budget.

Often—though not always—our work has an ocean emphasis. Our work brings crucial issues and an array of possible solutions to people ranging from students to policy-makers. Thus we continually help build the constituency needed for positive change.

The Center has three core programs: Carl Safina’s work, our Fellows Program and the Sustainable Seafood Program. Our books and other writings, our films, and our seafood consumer guidelines are created by Carl Safina, our Fellows, and our staff.

The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) was founded in 2003 by author and ecologist Dr. Carl Safina. It was built on three decades of Safina’s research, writing and policy work. Safina’s effectiveness has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. Carl Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire a deeper connection with nature and the motivation to act. We do that by bridging science, literature and film. We study changes to the natural world and describe what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. To motivate people to engage in making real-world change, we envision, describe and demonstrate how humans can live in better balance with the other animals that share this planet. We prompt people to make better personal choices, support smart policy change and create innovative, practical solutions that advance global conservation efforts.

The Safina Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization now based at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY.


Board of Directors

The Safina Center’s eight-member board includes experts in conservation, finance, art, management and fundraising. The board meets once 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 Jane Ross [Richard […]
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The Safina Center staff includes scientists, writers, and dedicated conservationists – all with a deep passion for our shared ocean.
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Milestones & Firsts

Since 2003 we have used the power of scientific research, expeditions, social and traditional media and a television series on PBS to share our message with the world. Here’s a list of key awards, publications, honors and “firsts,” since our founding over a decade ago. 2014 Carl Safina completes his new book, Beyond Words, due out […]
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