There are so many organisations at the moment that are wholly committed to supporting the health of the world's seas, and that are able to do so somehow without making certain members of marine life move into claustrophobic tanks and perform tricks.
With World Ocean Day 2018 primarily having an action focus on encouraging solutions for saving the ocean, here's a few of these active organisations, with links to their sites if you'd like to do your part in helping to support marine life:
1. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
The Sea Shepherd is distinguished for it's persistent campaigns opposed to the dolphin hunts of Taiji, and for going after Japanese whalers from whale sanctuaries. The newest campaigns include pausing poaching in Guatemala, advocating a ban of the West Australian shark cull and doing a collab with the rapper Pharrell Williams on the new sustainable fashion line.
Started in 1977, their goal is to “end the destruction of habitat and the slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species,” via utilising direct-action tactics.
Support them by donating online here.
2. Oceanic Preservation Society
Founded in 2005 by the photographer and diving enthusiast Louie Psihoyos, the Oceanic Preservation Society were the group that formed the award-winning documentary of 2009, “The Cove” which opened people’s eyes to the terrors of the annual Taiji dolphin hunt.
Other OPS initiatives include “Undersea Majesty” an incredible series of photographs taken in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, an assortment of children's sea art, and an online campaign that invites members of the public to promise that they will never attend dolphin shows.
You can support this society by visiting their site, making a pledge and donating here.
3. Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
Founded by Ric O'Barry in 1982, The Dolphin Project is an offshoot of the Earth Island Institute. Former captive dolphin trainer, O’Barry, makes the claim that his life was completely changed when Kathy, one of the dolphins he'd been working with in “Flipper,” the movie, died in his arms. This made him understand that “capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.”
A few of the Dolphin Project's awful oceanic conservation initiatives include pausing the Solomon Islands dolphin trade (hugely made up of traumatised survivors of the Island's annual dolphin hunt.) and campaigning against Japan's cruel cetacean hunts.
You can support this project by visiting their site, making a pledge and donating here.