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The mission of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science is to advance ocean conservation through science. More..

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The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science pursues world-class research into pressing marine conservation issues. Our team of staff scientists, collaborators, and external grantees provide the evidence needed to influence smarter ocean policy and improve the health of oceans and their inhabitants, around the world.


Sharks are top predators, yet are highly vulnerable to overexploitation and many populations are collapsing. Sharks mature late, reproduce infrequently, have few pups per litter, and are overfished globally. The Institute is on the frontlines of shark research and conservation.

Designing Shark Sanctuaries in Belize

Pew Global Shark Assessment

DNA Fingerprinting

Improving Management of Sharks

Shark Genetics and Breeding

Sharks of the Open Ocean Book


Sturgeons worldwide have been overfished nearly to extinction in pursuit of their prized caviar eggs, and their habitat is being destroyed. The Institute is an international leader in research efforts to conserve these ancient fish and raise consumer consciousness.

Caviar Emptor - Educating the Consumer

US Sturgeon Conservation

Fisheries Management

The Institute provides scientific evidence for management plans that will stem the depletion of fish from our oceans and safeguard threatened marine ecosystems. Our ecosystem-based approach recognizes that species and habitats cannot be successfully managed in isolation.

Ecosystem Based Fishery Management

Forage Fish - From Ecosystems to Markets

Understudied Marine Species Project

The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force

EBM in Gulf of Maine

Reversal Of Undesirable Evolution In Fish

Marine Ecosystems

The Institute pursues solutions to one of the world’s most serious environmental challenges – the deterioration of ocean ecosystems. We support innovative marine scientists whose specialties range from coral reef biology to species interconnectedness.

Adverse Eco-Feedbacks

Coral Reefs and Human Health

Sao Tome and Principe

California Seabird Diets

Small Populations as Indicators

Reefs of Hope

Trophic Cascades in Global Ecosystems


Working Locally: Shinnecock Bay, NY

Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program

Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms

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