COA believes that our marine mammal research must have real-world conservation impact. We implement complimentary conservation projects that ensure marine mammals and their ocean environments thrive for centuries to come. Our research is at the core of some pioneering conservation policies and our conservation projects aim to amplify the continued use of sound science in marine management decisions. We work with community leaders, policy makers, private industry, and other scientists and NGO’s to collaboratively innovate and integrate new approaches to safeguarding ocean health.
COA is committed to ensuring that the world’s ocean environment continues to support vibrant populations of marine mammals. Our Oceans 2100 project works with policy makers throughout the world with the belief that decisions made today support a sustainable ocean environment tomorrow, and for decades to come. In the near-term we are working to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. But we also recognize that meeting this goal in the coming years is only a first step toward protecting marine mammals from the harmful effects of climate change, ocean acidification, and ocean noise. As such, Oceans 2100 works with world leaders in establishing a more long-term vision for ocean protection.
COA is launching a multi-pronged ship-strike initiative to significantly increase research, monitoring, and conservation efforts around ship-strikes of whales outside established shipping lanes. Mortality from collisions is one of the main human causes of death for large whales, threatening population growth and recovery of California's blue, humpback, and fin whales.
Conservation project support
COA works with academic intuitions, government agencies, and other NGOs to design and implement research-driven conservation projects. We also work with other marine scientists to translate research findings that impact policy decisions around marine mammal protection.