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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. Website under construction 2022 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 and 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.

African Bioacoustics Community

South Africa

The African Bioacoustics Community aims to provide a networking forum for people working on all aspects of bio-acoustic research in Africa, including to shine a light on the achievements of bioacoustics research in Africa. They aim at equal representation, access to crucial learning and networking opportunities, and providing an environment where information flows freely between scientists, research labs, countries, and continents.

African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization


AMMCO’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the aquatic megafauna and their habitats in Central Africa by improving the scientific knowledge of the area, and involving fishers and other stakeholders into sustainable fisheries and responsible watershed-use. The four strategies they have adopted include applied research and monitoring, integrated management, awareness and capacity building. In practice this involves conservation of the aquatic megafauna b: Protection, Restoration, Good local governance, Community-based conservation, Alternative livelihood and Advocacy. They aim to develop the advanced skills and experience required in aquatic research, achieved by providing internship, mentorship, and workshops to students and fishermen frequently.

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 Research Institute


Alnitak has worked for the past 30 years to protect the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea through research, education and community engagement, involving volunteers in their research missions. This has included a successful turtle tagging project, OASIS, and MEDTOP, monitoring the top pelagic species in the Mediterranean. In 1989 Alnitak restored the historical fishing boat Toftevaag with the purpose of developing science and education programs, and have a second ship Va de Bon Coeur.

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.

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