How does Nanook support ocean clean up?

From the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, down the rivers and out to the sea, water is life. 
We are damaging the ocean, and we need change.
Nanook salutes new projects that try to find solutions, and we want to support them.

We choose transparency in the process of deciding which project gets our support

This is how we do it:
  1. 1% is put aside until the end of each year, starting in 2018.
  2. People can nominate good projects that need support.
  3. A handful of these will enter the final round.
  4. We will launch a campaign where people can vote for their favorite.
  5. The results will be announced in January the following year.

Great projects worth your support

Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life.... more

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide. They provide livelihoods to countless fishermen and others around the world. They also feed hundreds of millions of people and have the capacity to provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day. Unfortunately, the oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management — which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana is dedicated to advocating for science-based fishery management and restoring the world's oceans.
Our vision is a world where our seas are healthy, protected and full of diverse life The SEA LIFE Trust is a registered charity (no. 1149058) working globally to protect the world’s ... moreoceans and the amazing marine life that lives within them. 

Through our partnership with the global SEA LIFE Aquarium chain, we are able to reach a huge audience. We run inspiring conservation campaigns and fund projects and education programmes that champion the need for plastic-free oceans, sustainable fishing, effective Marine Protected Areas and an end to over-exploitation of marine life. 

The SEA LIFE Trust works with a number of carefully selected conservation partners and as a result we do not currently accept unsolicited funding applications.
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat ... moreand slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Expose the Truth. Protect the Planet. We expose complex, global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of film, photography, social media, and collaboration.
For more than 30 years, the International Marine Mammal Project has led the fight to protect dolphins, whales, and the ocean environment. We pioneered the “Dolphin Safe” tuna fishing ... morestandard, stopping the intentional chasing and netting of dolphins and preventing hundreds of thousands of dolphin deaths every year. We directed the historic rescue and release of the orca whale Keiko, made famous in the movie Free Willy. We are fighting to end the tragic slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as featured in the Academy Award–winning movie The Cove. And we’re campaigning to stop all trade in live dolphins and end the captivity of whales and dolphins for circus performances.

We have achieved victories for marine mammals around the world and we continue to work to make the oceans safe for whales, dolphins, and marine life.
The mission of the American Cetacean Society is to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.... more

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises face more challenges today than at any other time in history. More than ever before, we must explore innovative, strategic ways to ensure the protection, safety, and welfare of cetaceans, and restore the health and biodiversity of wild marine and riverine habitats.

Times of great challenge herald unprecedented opportunity. Together, we can protect cetaceans and their habitats in ways that restore ecosystem health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind.

Integrity and Transparency: The American Cetacean Society is committed to a culture based on integrity and transparency in pursuit of our mission.

Credibility and Independence: The American Cetacean Society will conduct its day-to-day business based on the best available information, strategic planning, and best management practices, reflected in our governance policies, operations, and composition of the Board of Directors.

Commitment to Strategic Partnerships: The American Cetacean Society recognizes that mission success will only be possible in cooperation and collaboration with key partners. We are committed to creating and maintaining effective partnerships with key non-governmental, intergovernmental, and non-profit organizations, local whale watching operators, government and private entities, and academic institutions whose missions intersect with our own.

Commitment to Sound Science: The American Cetacean Society is committed to incorporating sound scientific principles and best practices in the development and implementation of our educational programs.
WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (formerly WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures ... moreagainst the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
WDC is a passionate, global campaigner for whales and dolphins, speaking with emotion and wonder, but always with authority. We make sure our voice is heard by decision makers.

We care about whales and dolphins and we want others to care about them too.

WDC’s core belief is that all whales and dolphins have the right to exist as nature intends, not as humans decide. To be able to live free from hunting, captivity, entanglement in fishing gear and nets, and to swim in clean, noise-free waters where boats won't injure them.
Our vision is a healthy ocean that sustains life on our planet. Ocean Conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together, we create ... morescience-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
The mission of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science is to advance ocean conservation through science. We conduct world-class scientific research that increases knowledge about ... morecritical threats to oceans and their inhabitants, provides the foundation for smarter ocean policy, and establishes new frameworks for improved ocean conservation.

The Institute’s research focuses on advancing ecosystem-based fisheries management, a strategy which recognizes that the oceans’ problems are interconnected and that species and habitats cannot be successfully managed in isolation; as well as on advancing knowledge about vulnerable and ecologically important marine animals that are understudied. We are dedicated to developing scientific approaches to sustainably manage forage fish, small schooling fish that are food for marine mammals and seabirds but are being depleted from our oceans.

We also conduct cutting-edge research into sharks, whose populations are declining due to destructive commercial fishing practices, and sturgeon in both the United States and overseas, many species of which are endangered due to relentless pursuit of their prized caviar eggs. The Institute’s research has led to significant policy improvements, including international trade restrictions on great white sharks and their parts, and a U.S. ban on the sale of wild beluga caviar.
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation's mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.... more

Blue Ocean Society was founded by two whale watch naturalists, Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, who were frustrated with the lack of translation of open ocean research into information that could be used by the public. We strive to learn more about the Gulf of Maine, and particularly an important habitat called Jeffreys Ledge, and then bring our research to the public through a variety of outreach programs. We hope by sharing information with the public and resource managers, more people will be inspired to learn more about the marine environment and help protect it. 

While to many, the ocean appears clean and blue, especially at a distance, problems lurk in the form of marine debris such as plastics and “ghost” fishing gear, litter on the beaches, and a public that depends largely on the use of disposable products. In addition, the Jeffreys Ledge region, located just 20 miles off the NH/MA coast, supports a wealth of marine life, yet is a relatively understudied area. Long-term studies on marine mammals such as endangered whales allow us to learn about whale behavior, population health, and preferred habitat, and promote activities that will help increase whale populations and overall ocean health. Blue Ocean Society fulfills a critical role in designing, implementing and effectively managing and overseeing projects that benefit living marine resources.
In 2005, Edie Widder, Ph.D. co-founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) in Fort Pierce, Florida, with a focus on developing innovative technologies to protect ... moreand restore our aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain. 

Housed in the historic Coast Guard station in Fort Pierce, Florida, ORCA’s main campus is home to ORCA’s corporate offices, the ORCA FAST and Sentinel offices and laboratory. ORCA’s engineering facilities are located in Satellite Beach, Florida and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Since its inception, Dr. Widder and the ORCA team of engineers, research scientists and marine biologists have achieved exciting progress in using the latest technologies to develop low-cost solutions for analysis of our polluted waterways. 

Among the programs currently underway at ORCA, The ORCA Kilroy , the ORCA Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity (FAST) and the ORCA Sentinel programs provide information on water characteristics and toxicity that when combined can be used to determine sources of non-point source pollution in coastal and estuary waters. 

In addition to coastal and estuary conservation, ORCA’s Deep Sea Conservation programs utilize current technology to provide real time and video footage of deep ocean life and conditions. The ORCA Eye In The Sea is a real time camera system streaming continuous video to shore for months at a time while the ORCA Medusa is a deployable camera system capable of recording up to 72 hours of continuous video at depths up to 2000 meters.

By combining innovative technology and applied science, ORCA is leading the way in protection and conservation of our valuable coast, estuaries and oceans -- saving these precious habitats for the generations of tomorrow.
ASOC works on a wide range of Antarctic environmental issues. These can be divided into roughly three categories Antarctic Environmental Protection... more
Antarctic Wildlife Conservation
Antarctic Governance
Additionally, we have three high-priority focus areas:

Climate Change and the Antarctic
Ross Sea Preservation
Krill Conservation

Through our work, we seek to guarantee the highest possible level of environmental protection for the Antarctic region, whether for tiny but important krill or for entire ecosystems like the Ross Sea.

As the environmental observer within the Antarctic Treaty System, ASOC plays a special role as the representative of the global conservation community on Antarctic issues.

We present papers outlining our positions at the meetings of Antarctic governance organizations, and provide information on how to protect the Antarctic environment to Treaty parties.

We can also report back to the environmental community about progress or lack thereof on key conservation issues.

Our campaigners are experts in their subject areas and produce analytical papers and reports that are widely respected and cited. Although Antarctica is not often prominent in many people's minds, ASOC is committed to enhancing public awareness about the continent, its magnificent species, and its unique environmental challenges.
MISSION Blue Frontier builds the solution-oriented citizen engagement needed to protect our ocean, coasts and the communities, both human and wild that depend on them.... more

Founded in 2003 by award-winning author and journalist David Helvarg, and with support from public figures such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ralph Nader, Philippe Cousteau, Rep. Sam Farr (D CA) and former Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R MD).

With offices in Washington DC and Richmond California, we convene key stakeholders including conscientious corporate and commercial entities such as Google, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Northern Trust, Ocean First Divers and Legal Sea Foods.

However, we’re primarily active at the grassroots (“seaweed”) level, with links to 1,400 ocean organizations large and small, spanning coastal states and the heartland. No other marine conservation organization has a “deeper” reach into the grassroots, or broader array of partnerships among national stakeholders.
Cetacean Alliance is a not-for-profit network of non-governmental organisations committed to preserving marine biodiversity and reducing human impact on cetacean populations. Its aim ... moreis to develop synergies and create opportunities for collaboration among individuals and organisations sharing a determination to protect these magnificent and vulnerable animals.

The network includes NGOs with bases in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. 

NGOs in the network have a collective membership of over 100,000.
Since 1989, OceanCare has been working for the protection of marine mammals and the oceans. We have been effective in protecting the marine environment and marine life; and, at the ... moresame time, have witnessed dramatic developments with emerging issues.

OceanCare cooperates worldwide with leading scientists in relation to various issues and conservation projects and tables the research findings in relevant international fora. We are very pleased that OceanCare was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2011.

The world’s oceans are the basis of life on our beautiful blue planet. We must all strive for the conservation and protection of this extremely important and global habitat.

What concerns us all can only be solved together. Thank you for your help in making a difference. Your trust and support is very much appreciated.

With warm regards,
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all​. We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — ... moreand that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.

We do this through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities and companies. We employ more than 1,000 people and work with more than 2,000 partners in 30 countries. Over the years, CI has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.​​
The ocean depths were once considered just a setting for shipwrecks, monster squid and primordial ooze, but over past decades scientists have discovered a previously unknown wealth ... moreof biodiversity. The dark depths of our oceans are home to cold-water corals, sponge fields, seamounts, hydrothermal vents and a multitude of other ecosystems that shelter strange and mysterious creatures found nowhere else on Earth. But this extraordinarily rich and fragile deep-sea life is under threat from a range of human economic activities. Those posing the greatest direct current or imminent physical threat are fishing practices - the most destructive being deep-sea bottom trawling - and deep-seabed mining.

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) was founded in 2004 to address the issue of bottom trawling on the high seas, in the absence of an effective regime for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas and in response to international concerns over the harmful impacts of deep-sea bottom trawling. Working with scientists, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and numerous governments, the DSCC has effectively and consistently targeted the United Nations General Assembly and other international fora to call for action.

From the beginning, the DSCC has focused on two overarching goals:

to substantially reduce the greatest threats to life in the deep seas; and
to safeguard the long-term health, integrity, and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems.
Our objective is to protect vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems and conserve deep-sea species, recognizing important precedents set for wider ocean conservation.

Today more than 70 organizations worldwide are working together under the umbrella of the DSCC to protect cold-water corals and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. The DSCC is:

calling for states to honor their commitments made at the United Nations General Assembly to protect deep-sea species and ecosystems on the high seas from the harmful impacts of fishing;
calling on the European Parliament and the Council of EU Fisheries Ministers to adopt a strong new regulation for the management of deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic; and
calling on the International Seabed Authority to put in place precautionary measures, including no-mining areas, comprehensive systems of protected areas, and the application of the best available science and management practices.
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most ... moreserious environmental problems.

What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it.

We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.
Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that ... moreacts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:

Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.
Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.
Protecting the world's ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.
Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.
Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.
Greenpeace is present in more than 55 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

To maintain its independence, Greenpeace does not accept donations from governments or corporations but relies on contributions from individual supporters and foundation grants.

Greenpeace has been campaigning against environmental degradation since 1971 when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of 'bearing witness' in a non-violent manner continues today, and our ships are an important part of all our campaign work. 

We exist to expose environmental criminals, and to challenge government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard our environment and our future.

In pursuing our mission, we have no permanent allies or enemies. We promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. We use research, lobbying, and quiet diplomacy to pursue our goals, as well as high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate.

And we believe that the struggle to preserve the future of our planet is not about us. It's about you. Greenpeace speaks for 2.8 million supporters worldwide, and encourages many millions more than that to take action every day.

We take the name of our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, from a North American Cree Indian legend. It described a time when humanity's greed has made the Earth sick. At that time, a tribe of people known as the Warriors of the Rainbow would rise up to defend her.

As one of the longest banners we've ever made summed things up, "When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can't eat money..."
Lighthouse Foundation Foundation for the seas and oceans Earth's oceans are what give our planet its identity - the blue planet, the watery globe. They are the cradle of life, the ... moreregion with the highest level of biodiversity we know, an irreplaceable source of food, a source and a storage chamber in world-scale chemical and energy cycles, the engine of earth's climate. The oceans determine the nature and quality of the biosphere far beyond their coastlines. They are the sustaining, all-encompassing element in the global biosphere. 

The Lighthouse Foundation supports integrated and long-term approaches in the relationship between humans and the marine environment within the context of sustainable development.

Our Vision - a just future for all human beings on our ‘blue planet’

Our Mission - the promotion of integrated sustainable development processes and responsible behaviour to protect our marine environment

Our Strategy - supporting projects which aim to solve problems in marine locations, as an example of the feasibility of sustainable development. Highlighting the interdependence of humans and the sea, and bringing about a better public understanding of marine issues.