Ocean Science

The world's oceans are vitally important to all life on Earth. However, human activities are altering marine ecosystems in highly detrimental ways. To better protect our oceans, we need a greater understanding of how serious threats – overfishing, widespread pollution and global climate change – are altering these environments.

To improve our knowledge of ocean ecosystems and the life they support, the Ocean Science Division pursues a diverse portfolio of projects related to marine conservation. We develop and support scientific research, technical analyses and syntheses of scientific information that help to explain critical emerging issues, inform policy and advance solutions to conservation problems.

As part of our work, Pew funds the Sea Around Us Project at the University of British Columbia.  The project has assembled global databases of fisheries information, including catches, prices, distribution of commercial marine species and marine protected areas. The project analyzes and maps data, documents the impact of fisheries, and devises recommendations to reverse harmful trends.

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  • The Blue Planet: Lessons for Earth Science from Space

    On October 11, 1984, Kathryn Sullivan—now the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—made history when she became the first American woman to walk in space as a crew member of the shuttle Challenger. In three shuttle missions, she logged more than 530 hours in space, including the 1990 Discovery flight that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.   Read More

  • International Meeting Highlights How Science Can Cause Change

    Science does much more than simply teach us about the world around us. It often sparks global action and shapes communities. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress from Aug. 14 to 18 is one place where this can happen. Read More

  • One Minute Dive

    The world's oceans are vitally important to all life on Earth. However, human activities are altering marine ecosystems in highly detrimental ways. To better protect our oceans, we need a greater understanding of how serious threats – overfishing, widespread pollution and global climate change – are altering these environments. Read More

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