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Oceanic Society Since 1969, Oceanic Society has been inspiring and empowering people worldwide to take part in building a healthy future for the world’s oceans. Our mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature. How We Work People need healthy oceans to survive and to thrive. Oceanic Society works to improve ocean health by addressing the root cause of its decline—human behavior. Simply put, the oceans are in trouble because people are putting too much into and taking too much out of them. Through our conservation travel programs, marine research, and investments in conservation, we are inspiring and empowering people at all levels of society to become better stewards of ocean ecosystems. We Harness the Power of Nature Travel Since 1969, we have guided tens of thousands of travelers on life-changing journeys to explore the natural world. Again and again we have seen how conscientious nature tourism can transform the human relationship with the natural world by: Making it pay to protect ecosystems—Growing the non-consumptive economic value of ocean resources through tourism means healthy oceans are valued by the communities and politicians who manage them. Building an informed community of ocean advocates—Meaningful personal experiences with ocean wildlife and conservation issues turn our travelers into lifelong ocean advocates, armed with a deep understanding of the issues at hand and the tools to take action. Supporting ocean research and conservation—By partnering with field-based research and conservation projects in the communities we visit, our travel programs provide financial support and manpower needed to study and protect ocean ecosystems both locally and regionally.