Oceans 5’s $3 Million Grant Creates New Coalition to Protect the Oceans

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Newly-formed alliance works to end illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing in European markets

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The commitment of Oceans 5 to protecting the oceans and strengthening conservation philanthropy has made a lasting difference.

To combat illegal fishing in the European Union (EU), Oceans 5 announces the formation of a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a grant of over $1 million per year for three years. A sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative that works to improve global ocean health by controlling overfishing and establishing marine reserves. At a time when ocean conservation is more important than ever, Oceans 5 collaborates with NGOs and their partners to protect oceans worldwide and recently attended the launch event for the Global Ocean Commission report in Brussels, which contains practical proposals for restoring ocean health.

With the coordination of the Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and World Wildlife Fund, along with additional support by the Angell Family Foundation, this coalition will focus on four objectives:

  •     Promote effective implementation of the illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) regulation by European Union Member States;
  •     Enhance overall compliance and identify practical improvements that can be made, such as promoting electronic reporting;
  •     Collect information on international IUU activities to support the European Commission’s “yellow card” and “red card” process; and,
  •     Support European leadership by encouraging major seafood importers to control IUU fishing.

“Together, with this new coalition, we are confident that we can help curtail the proliferation of illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing,” said J. Charles Fox, Program Director of Oceans 5. “The European Union is the world’s largest seafood market. It has been a leader in tackling pirate fishing. Our goal is to continue to support and advance that leadership.”

“The commitment of Oceans 5 to protecting the oceans and strengthening conservation philanthropy has made a lasting difference,” said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. “As environmental sustainability grows as a philanthropic issue area, Oceans 5’s efforts mark an inspired, collaborative push that aligns philanthropic engagement with NGOs to make lasting change for the future.”

For additional information about Oceans 5, their grantmaking or existing projects, please visit http://oceans5.org/.

About Oceans 5
Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. Oceans 5 is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. Projects are focused on stopping overfishing and establishing marine reserves, the two highest ecological priorities identified by marine scientists. Oceans 5 is inspired by opportunities, particularly ones that can bring lasting benefits to coastal communities. For more information, please visit http://oceans5.org.

About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 25 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. For more information, please visit http://www.rockpa.org.

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