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Ocean Alive, Crl

Expert(s) : Raquel Gaspar
Vendas Novas, Portugal
Type of member : NGO
Sea basin :
  • Atlantic Ocean (including North Sea)
Topics :
  • Climate and the ocean
  • Healthy and clean ocean
  • Community-based conservation
Environmental domains :
  • Marine/Ocean
Main activities :
  • Conservation
Ocean Alive is Portugal’s first co-operative dedicated to ocean protection. We envisage a thriving ocean protected by coastal communities. We exist to accomplish this vision. We work to protect the ocean through marine education projects and activities that foster transformation of behaviours. Ocean Alive’s project is focused on the Sado estuary, where seagrass meadows are the nursery habitat for both the prey of the resident dolphin population, and for the fish and shellfish which the fishing community’s economy depends upon. Our goal is to protect the seagrass meadows with the engagement of local fisherwomen, our Keepers of the Sea. We act through a program of marine education, awareness-raising campaigns and through monitoring and evaluating our project’s impact on the seagrass meadows. Ocean Alive’s institutional partner is UNESCO. We contribute to SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.