OceansWatch is an international not-for-profit organisation that works with sailors, divers and scientists worldwide to help coastal communities conserve their marine environments, develop sustainable livelihoods and access primary education.
What We Do
In close co-operation with the world’s sailors, divers and academics, OceansWatch undertakes marine conservation projects and offers humanitarian aid to coastal communities in developing countries.
OceansWatch offers resources, in the form of ocean-going research vessels and expertise, such as marine biologists, members training, project management and support crew.
OceansWatch strengthens the link between the global yachting and diving communities and those who are actively involved in marine research, education and conservation.
In the future OceansWatch will use environmentally friendly Wharram catamarans equipped with wet and dry laboratories, dive support facilities or clinics as our project lead boats, supported by members’ vessels.
OceansWatch is all about hands on help for coastal communities. It is about running projects with the support of sailors, divers and academics. The projects that we run can fall under the following headings:
OceansWatch is aware that all change begins with education. We have developed our vision and mission statement with that awareness in mind.
Our Education Vision
That all children in coastal communities of the developing world will have access to good, well resourced schools.
Our Education Mission Statement
Build partnerships between schools in developed and developing countries support the yachting and diving communities in supplying schools with basic educational resources provide educational materials to those schools in need run courses on coral reef ecosystems.
What we do
Coral Reef Education in Schools
Education underlies the development and self reliance of communities.
Coastal schools in different countries and areas have different needs. By building relationships with these schools we can help identify these needs. OceansWatch is developing a map of schools, with an accompanying list of their resource needs, which will be available to members and will include details of the relevant contact person.
What OceansWatch hopes to achieve for all coastal schools in developing countries
Access to school for all children and adults.
Adequate learning tools and supplies eg. desks, blackboards, pencils, pens…
Stationery and writing materials.
Clean water and sanitation – with minimal environmental impact.
Education on sustainable reef management.
OceansWatch wants to make a positive difference to the life of the people in coastal communities. Aid projects can be a double-edged sword so our aim is to work for the people only at their request. We intend to build relationships with the locals and see where they feel their needs lie. We will also look at the overall consequences of any aid.
Our humanitarian Vision
To empower and educate villagers in coastal communities of developing countries towards happier, more sustainable, livelihoods.
Our humanitarian Mission
To work with sailors, divers and academics to support the villagers in ways that they request that support our vision.
Our current projects
As soon as OceansWatch started looking at marine conservation issues in developing countries, we realised that they were inexorably linked with humanitarian issues. As the marine environment is their main source of protein, everyone who lives by the coast in a developing country relies to some extent on having a productive reef ecosystem.
Coastal reef ecosystems are under pressure from many sides including pollution, tourism, commercial fishing and overpopulation. Insufficient production from the reef ecosystem causes many socio-economic issues. For a comprehensive summary of the problems experienced by coral reefs read: Coral Reefs – Can they Survive.
As relationships are developed with the coastal communities that are accessible by yachts, the needs of these communities and the protocols required for dealing with them are being established and will be recorded on the humanitarian map available to OceansWatch members. If you are a member and visiting a coastal community that is not already on the map please complete our village survey.
OceansWatch recognises that a healthy and sustainable marine environment will serve the people that rely on it into the future.
Coral reefs are some of the most ancient and biologically diverse ecosystems that exist on earth. They serve an important role to coastal communities as a source of seafood, to generate income from tourism and to provide a buffer against storms. Many reefs have already been destroyed and understanding the state of health for the rest is in its infancy.
OceansWatch supports its Marine Conservation vision through facilitating and initiating co-operative projects with the worlds yachting, diving and academic communities. It provides resources such as project lead yachts, educational resources, expertise and project management.
Our Marine Conservation Vision
Our vision is for there to be long term sustainable fisheries for coastal communities in developing countries and wider scale megafauna protection.
Our Marine Conservation Mission Statement
To work with sailors, divers and marine scientists to support the local communities in recognising the importance of the marine environment and help them take measures that will lead towards increased sustainability.