Marine Research

Marine and Oceans research - Marine research institutes - Marine research programmes - Ocean conservation - Ocean acidification - Ocean monitoring - GIS - Bioaccoustics



Note: confirmation required re whether ARVAM is still operational. ARVAM works on monitoring and research activities in the marine conservation field in the Indian Ocean mainly in Mayotte and Reunion. The agency conducts research in oceanology, and is also a member of several scientific networks, such as WIOMSA. Included in their activities is involvement in a scientific project called Biolave which studies the impact of eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise 6. Another major subject is the study of the effect of algae populations on health, and in particular of ciguatera.



ATMEC is a marine science focused initiative by Love Wildlife Foundation, aimed at providing education in marine biology and ecology to students of all ages. ATMEC also prioritises conducting original research and conservation projects, in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, in the Gulf of Thailand. The field station is based at Koh Mun Nai, Rayong. Current research projects include studying coral spawning and recruitment, investigating several new species of marine invertebrates, assessing threats to coral reefs from sedimentation to discarded fishing gear, and much more. Education includes dive training, marine ecology courses, and internships.

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.

Alaska Ocean Observing System


AOOS provides coastal and ocean observations, forecasts, and data information products that address regional and national needs for ocean information and ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data.

Alnitak Marine Research Centre


Alnitak, which has now joined the Save the Med foundation, has worked for the past 30 years to protect the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea. This included a successful turtle tagging project, OASIS, and MEDTOP, monitoring the top pelagic species in the Mediterranean. Research vessel : The Toftevaag.

American Cetacean Society


American Cetacean Society aims to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats by educating the public about the problems these animals face. It also provides teachers' guides and fact sheets on marine mammals and allows interested parties to join the group's whale watching trips to Baja. The Society also makes research grants available and is involved in conservation actions.



Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation is a Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1998. Archipelagos is committed to researching and defending the biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as of the NE Mediterranean region overall. The focus is on a combination of multi-disciplinary scientific research and efficient conservation work.

Associacao MarBrasil


MarBrasil focuses on the conservation and preservation of the marine environment and the sustainable development of the Brazilian coastal area. They run several projects and programmes including in conservation of endangered species, research for the creation and management of marine and coastal Conservation Units, conservation of marine biodiversity and fisheries resources, education for marine and coastal conservation, and research and technological Innovation for conservation. For example, destructive fishing practices since the 70s have depleted fish stocks in Parana, causing difficulties to communities dependent on the ocean. One of their programmes – The Marine Biodiversity Recovery Program (REBIMAR) - works on the recovery and conservation of marine environments, as well as the preservation of endangered marine species, in addition to environmental education actions for the community.

Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment

USA, Caribbean

AGRRA is an international collaboration initiative involving scientists, managers, and supporters aimed at improving the regional condition of reefs in the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. For 20 years, AGRRA has used an innovative regional approach to examine the condition of reef-building corals, algae and fishes and support the conservation of coral reef ecosystems. They curate and distribute data, research and educational materials that support this mission.

Australian Institute of Marine Science


The governmental tropical marine research agency in Australia, AIMS provides large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine areas. Via innovative scientific and technological research, together with industry and research partnerships, they collect comprehensive data about all aspects of marine life in Australia, for use by interested parties for the protection and maintenance of the marine environment, including the tropical Australian coral reefs. Note that the AIMS facilities are not open to the public, and anyone interested should consult the website contacts for requests.

Barbados Sea Turtle Project

Barbados, East Indies

The Barbados Sea Turtle Project is based at UWI Cave Hill, and has been involved in sea turtle conservation in for over 25 years. This project tasks itself with monitoring nesting beaches, rescue and rehabilitation, in water monitoring and is run by the University of the West Indies, a part of the WIDECAST: Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network. The focus is on conservation, research and public outreach and education.

Barefoot Conservation

Bali, Indonesia

Barefoot Conservation is a not-for-profit organisation that runs marine conservation and community based volunteer projects in Indonesia. Their focus is on grass roots conservation and community action, with the aim of engaging, educating and empowering the local community 'to make sustainable conservation a way of life, not just a project'. Their programme includes coral reef monitoring, Manta Ray research, and the elimination of Crown of Thorns starfish which are destroying coral reefs. Their main project is on the island of Arborek in Raja Ampat Regency, in the West Papua province of Indonesia.