Humans have used the oceans for commercial purposes for thousands of years. About half of all primary production on Earth occurs in the oceans, and the marine biodiversity within it supports a variety of goods and services essential to human existence.

Over the last century, however, numerous challenges, including climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing, and bycatch, have threatened the vitality of marine ecosystems. These threats require action now. The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium seeks to solve the oceans’ problems through innovative research based on rigorous scientific standards. By combining the vast resources of the New England Aquarium with cutting-edge science, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life seeks to enlist the public to effectively manage human impact and ensure vibrant and vital oceans.