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About Oceana’s Ocean Council


The Ocean Council is a dynamic and influential group of advocates committed to helping Oceana restore and preserve ocean life. Ocean Council members are front-line Ambassadors for Oceana’s mission and advisors to Oceana’s senior management. Oceana seeks individuals to join the Ocean Council who can play an active role in advancing Oceana’s mission to restore and protect the world’s oceans.

Oceana’s success depends on outreach to the public, and key stakeholders, and their engagement through action, financial support, and the strength of public opinion.  Ocean Council members, assisted by Oceana staff, agree to:

  • Raise funds for Oceana’s program work;
  • Introduce Oceana to new supporters;
  • Educate the public on Oceana’s campaigns to restore and protect the oceans;
  • Remain informed of ocean related issues and support Oceana’s campaigns; and
  • Provide Oceana senior staff with ideas and advice about programs and campaigns.

The Ocean Council is international in scope.  Membership is by invitation only.  Renewal is annual and initial membership fees are due upon joining. Three levels of annual membership are available:

Ocean Council Patron: $5,000 Membership                                                          

Benefits include:

  • Advance notice of all major Oceana events;
  • An invitation to four annual teleconferences with key Oceana scientists and lobbyists;
  • Regular email updates, as well as copies of new reports issued by Oceana; and
  • Recognition in Oceana’s annual report, quarterly newsletter, and website.                                                                                             

Ocean Council Defender: $15,000 Membership

Benefits include those listed above, PLUS:

  • An invitation to a ‘fish school’ educational seminar led by Oceana senior staff;
  • Bi-annual calls with senior management to discuss Oceana’s work; and
  • An invitation to an annual ‘Lobby Day’ with Oceana senior staff to participate in legislative action in Washington, D.C.                                                                 

Ocean Council Champion: $25,000 Membership                                      

Benefits include those listed above, PLUS:

  • An invitation to one Oceana Board meeting annually in Washington, D.C.;
  • An invitation for you and a guest to attend one Board meeting social event; and
  • Two complimentary tickets to one Oceana fundraising event.


For more information, please contact:

Marianne Shearer
845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
T 1.212.371.5014 | E mshearer@oceana.org