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Rocky Island

Marine Conservation organizations in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean

Ocean Health Index


Santa Barbara, California, USA

Region Active




Ocean conservation, Policy


The Ocean Health Index is a valuable tool for the ongoing assessment of ocean health. Using a quantitative, comprehensive method, the index evaluates the ecological, social, economic, and political conditions for the coastal waters of the world’s 221 countries and territories with ocean shorelines. This provides a means to analyse the state of the oceans, and thus it enables comprehensive ocean policy, at the same time providing a comparative measure, thus informing decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems. The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and partnerships between organizations including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium.

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