Much of our work is focused in the North Atlantic, but our research and conservation efforts extend across the globe to the many places where our knowledge and innovations benefit the world’s oceans.

The nearby Gulf of Maine is one of the world’s most industrialized marine areas and is warming at an alarming rate, with profound impacts on the health of marine ecosystems. Not only do our programs strive to aid the management and protection of local species and habitats, but we use the region as a living scientific laboratory. The innovative research methods we develop and lessons we derive here can be applied to address similar challenges to ecosystems around the globe.

We are developing science-based solutions to global ocean threats within three strategic areas of focus.

  1. [IMG] A pilot whale swims in front of a boat.

    Marine Animal
    and Ecosystem Health

    Increase animal and ecosystem vitality by reducing human impacts on oceans in a changing climate

  2. [IMG] A large ray swims underwater.


    Prepare, empower, and convene a global network of conservation leaders

  3. [IMG] A school of bluefin tuna swim in the water.


    Reduce unintended mortality of marine mammals and fishes, and reduce damage to ecosystems caused by fishing practices