Ocean Doctor: Restoring Our Oceans with Hands-On Conservation

Ocean Doctor is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Dr. David E. Guggenheim, dedicated to protecting and restoring our oceans through hands-on conservation (Read our full history.)

Ocean Doctor is a project of The Baum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, our fiscal sponsor. Ocean Doctor is in transition to becoming an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To fully appreciate the challenge and complexity of environmental issues and to really make a difference, there is no substitute for working locally, side-by-side with those who live there. “Hands-on conservation” gives us the experience, wisdom and humility to ensure our solutions are true and our voice is credible. And it invariably leads to friendships that last will last a lifetime. — David E. Guggenheim, Ph.D.

Areas of Focus

Ocean Doctor’s areas of focus are:

  • Conducting and disseminating leading-edge research to identify and map important marine ecosystems, especially coral ecosystems, in order to inform strong conservation policies.
  • Building strong international partnerships for marine research and conservation, with special emphasis on Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Educating, inspiring and involving the public through strong outreach, education, radio and TV presence, visual media and leading-edge Web and social media technologies, while working to improve the quality, breadth and impact of environmental education.
  • Advancing sustainable aquaculture and the use of next-generation land-based recirculating aquaculture systems in order to reduce pressure on wild fish stocks and provide a sustainable alternative that supports local communities.

Ocean Doctor’s major projects include Cuba Conservancy, a comprehensive program of international collaboration for research and conservation in Cuba, and Ocean Doctor’s 50-States Expedition, a journey to schools in all 50 States to deliver inspirational education programs to students about the oceans while encouraging careers in science.

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