Ocean First Institute is a non-profit organization with the mission of ocean conservation through research and education. Our organization is unique because we value the synergy between research and education. The purpose of our research is to protect ocean wildlife and critical habitats. We use the stories and experiences from our field work to educate and inspire young people in classrooms all over the world.
Our research takes us to so many places to answer fundamental questions about marine species and best ways to manage them in the future. We use acoustic tags to track movements and BRUVs to evaluate species composition. It's great work and we rely so much on our local collaborators to make it happen. We are so grateful.
In honor of the 4th of July here is the "firework" fish. This is the clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)and it has two distinct white lines on it caudal peduncle. It is truly fascinating to see how nature produces incredible adaptations like this.
Learning about our connection to the ocean is key to creating a brighter tomorrow. Education is the cornerstone to changing our behaviors and protecting our ocean. We are impactful in our virtual expeditions, in-school outreach programs and our online courses with core partner Ocean First Education.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
There are opportunities for interested volunteers! Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on the local community and beyond by contributing to our outreach program. We are actively seeking volunteers to get involved. Contact us today.
SUPPORT OUR RESEARCH
We directly support conservation by conducting research on imperiled wildlife and ecosystems. You can accompany us on our research expeditions and learn how to become a true ocean ambassador.