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Other Marine Creatures

Marine creatures (other than Cetaceans, Sharks and Rays, Turtles). Includes Seahorses - Billfish - Seals - Sealions - Sea otters - Manatees - Polar Bears - Dugongs - Penguins


African Aquatic Conservation Fund

Senegal, USA

The African Aquatic Conservation Fund is dedicated to the preservation of African manatees, turtles, cetaceans, and other aquatic wildlife and their habitats throughout the African continent. This is done via focused research, conservation, and education projects. The Fund works in close partnership with local people, scientists, governments, and other stakeholders for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.

Bazaruto Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project


Part of the ongoing Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, whereby the capacity of coastal communities is built to implement sustainable livelihoods and conserve dugongs and seagrass, in this instance in Bazaruto Archipelago Region, Mozambique. This project will last from 2021-2024

Billfish Foundation


Billfish Foundation works worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans & economies.

BirdLife International


BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations, which established its Marine Programme in 1997. They work with BirdLife Partner organisations around the world and in the high seas 'to advocate for seabirds and their habitats. We use our strong scientific research and new technologies to identify solutions: how and where to act to save seabirds from extinction.' This includes working with fisheries across the world to prevent bycatch of seabirds and other marine animals. Note that the establishment of Marine Protected Areas is one strategy which protects seabirds.

C3 Philippines


C3 Philippines established its first field station in the Calamianes islands in 2011, focusing on conserving the endangered dugong. It is considered the national lead agency for research and management of the species. C3 has successfully implemented a community-run dugong and seagrass conservation programme which involves local fishers enforcing bans on illegal fishing gear, assisting with Marine Protected Area management and monitoring and feeding back information on dugong sightings to the NGO.

Coral Reef Research Foundation


The Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of California and the Republic of Palau. Their purpose is to increase knowledge of coral reefs and other tropical marine environments, to contribute to the efforts worldwide to conserve coral reefs and their environments. In addition, their applied marine research takes in oceanography, monitoring climate change in the area, fisheries on the islands, and dugongs

Dilmah Conservation

Sri Lanka

Dilmah Conservation was established with the stated purpose ' to extend the Dilmah philosophy of making business a matter of human service, to include the protection of and sustainable interaction with the environment'. To this end, they are involved in many areas of conservation, including a marine programme which focuses on conserving marine habitats (including 'carrying out species diversity assessments, information sharing and working with relevant local and national institutions to ensure conservation of these habitats') and conserving the endangered Dugong via an information dissemination campaign targeting school children and fisher communities in the North of the country, as well as carrying out surveys and information gathering.

Dugong and SeaGrass Conservation Project

Sri Lanka

The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project aims to enhance the conservation of dugongs (Dugong dugon) and their associated seagrass ecosystems in eight countries in the Indo-Pacific region : Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu. A priority of the project is to work with local communities to help them understand the benefits of conserving dugongs and their habitat. They focus on sustainable fisheries practices and financial incentives, establishing Locally Managed Marine Protected Areas, and advocating for dugong and seagrass conservation as priorities in national and regional policies and planning. This is a GEF funded project, lasting from 2015-2018.

Dugong and Seagrass Hub


The Dugong & Seagrass Hub is an online platform designed to share collective tools, experiences and lessons learned whilst working to conserve seagrass ecosystems in dugong range states. This is run out of the UNEP Environment Agency, Convention on Migratory Species Office in Abu Dhabi.

Dyer Island Conservation Trust

South Africa

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust works to conserve and research the fragile and critically important marine eco-system at the southern-most tip of Africa. They strive to protect the largest surviving colonies of the endangered African Penguin whose numbers are at an all-time low; the globally important breeding and calving grounds of the Southern Right Whale; and, the world's densest populations of the vulnerable Great White Shark.

Friends of the Sea Otter


Friends of the Sea Otter wass an advocacy group working with state and federal agencies to maintain protection for sea otters and to increase and broaden preservation efforts. FSO also served to educate the public at large about the otters' unique behaviour and habitat. In 2020 FSO merged with Defenders of Wildlife who continue the work to protect and restore the sea otter populations along the Pacific coast.

Ionian Dolphin Project


Since 1991, the Ionian Dolphin Project, a project of the Tethys Research Institute, aims to ensure the long-term viability of marine mammals, dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals, living in coastal waters of the eastern Ionian Sea. Dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals inhabiting the coastal waters of Greece are facing significant threats. Some of them must deal with increasing human encroachment, while others have disappeared altogether from portions of their former range. The research is concentrated primarily in these three Natura 2000 areas: the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago (common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals), the Gulf of Ambracia (bottlenose dolphins), the waters surrounding the islands of Paxoi and Antipaxoi (bottlenose, common and striped dolphins). Their work includes: continued monitoring of marine mammals through field research methods; monitoring threats to local marine ecosystems (pollution and overfishing); public awareness, education and capacity building initiatives; establishing synergies with stakeholders aimed to raise awareness on the need of developing measures to protect marine mammals and implement existing regulations; dissemination of information in the scientific literature and delivery of management proposals to international agreements and bodies concerned with the protection of marine biodiversity.