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Grant Database

This database includes all grants beginning in 2011.

Protecting Antarctica

  • Region: Polar
  • Country: Antarctica
  • Year Awarded: 2011
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $3,570,000
Purpose:

Strengthening High Seas Governance

  • Region: Global
  • Country:
  • Year Awarded: 2012
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $1,000,000
Purpose:

Reducing Unsustainable Shark Trade

  • Region: Global
  • Country:
  • Year Awarded: 2012
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: $820,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 supported a coalition of seven organizations who secured protection for 5 species of sharks from the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The porbeagle, oceanic whitetip, smooth hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead and great hammerhead sharks are now listed as Appendix II species.

Improving Seafood Traceability

  • Region: North America
  • Country: United States of America (USA)
  • Year Awarded: 2012
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Amount: $5,400,000
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Constraining Illegal Fishing in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

  • Region: Central America, South America
  • Country: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama
  • Year Awarded: 2013
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Amount: $4,423,000
Purpose:

This project aims to strengthen compliance management at established marine reserves and implement the new Port State Measures Agreement. The construction of a radar facility has been completed on Cocos Island National Park. Other activities include supporting policy improvements, establishing vessel registries and implementing communications strategies to maintain public support.

Creating a Marine Park in the Cook Islands

  • Region: Oceania
  • Country: Cook Islands
  • Year Awarded: 2013
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $1,145,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 supports the Marae Moana Establishment Trust (MMET) to assist the government with the creation of the Cook Islands Marine Park, locally named “Marae Moana”.  The grant supports activities including community consultations, development of legislative framework and communications.

Creating Marine Protection in the Seychelles

  • Region: Africa
  • Country: Seychelles
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: $500,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 supported the innovative “debt for nature swap” in partnership with TNC, Island Conservation Society and the Government of the Seychelles, resulting in the largest marine protected area in the country.

Protecting Russia’s Arctic

  • Region: Polar
  • Country: Arctic (Russia)
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $900,000
Purpose:

The project builds upon a September 2013 commitment from President Vladimir Putin to greatly expand the network of nature conservation areas in the Arctic. This project will support scientific assessments, community consultations and communications in targeted areas from Beringia National Park to Victoria Island. The project also includes objectives on improving public communications and assessing gaps in existing national policies for marine conservation.

Protecting Canada’s Northwest Passage

  • Region: Polar
  • Country: Arctic (Canada), Arctic (Greenland)
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $1,000,000
Purpose:

This project supports the Northwest Passage Arctic Marine Habitat Initiative in the creation of a network of marine protected areas in Canada and Greenland from the Beaufort Sea to Baffin Bay. These areas were identified by Inuit to sustain the Arctic fish, bird and mammals upon which they rely.

Controlling Illegal Fishing in Europe

  • Region: Europe
  • Country: European Union (EU)
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $4,200,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 is supporting four organizations seeking to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The project supports the implementation of the European Union IUU Regulation and for taking action to improve transparency in the fishing sector. This project is an advocacy and communications campaign that aims to secure the improved implementation of the EU IUU Regulation by the European Commission and EU Member States.

Expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Monument

  • Region: Oceania
  • Country: Pacific Remote Islands
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: $40,000
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Protecting the Phoenix Islands

  • Region: Oceania
  • Country: Kiribati
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Amount: $2,500,000
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Curbing Destructive Fishing Practices in Nicaragua

  • Region: Central America
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $1,500,000
Purpose:

The project campaigns for compliance with the blast-fishing ban, and seeks agreement on controlling bottom trawling along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. Additionally, the project is working to establish effective management in two existing marine protected areas, including the creation of a new marine protected area.

Regulating Deep Sea Mining

  • Region: Global
  • Country:
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $360,000
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Protecting the Remote British Overseas Territories

  • Region: Europe
  • Country: British Overseas Territories
  • Year Awarded: 2014
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: $165,000
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Northern Bering Sea Protected Area

  • Region: North America
  • Country: United States of America (USA)
  • Year Awarded: 2015
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Amount: $228,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 supports the Bering Sea Elders Group in their work to protect the northern Bering Sea. The Bering Sea Elders Group comprised of tribal representatives designated by 40 tribal councils on the coast of the Bering Sea. The Bering Sea Elders Group is seeking protection for the northern Bering Sea in a way that addresses the impacts of climate change, ensures food security, reinforces tribal self-determination, supports local economies, and achieve meaningful marine conservation.

Protecting Niue

  • Region: Oceania
  • Country: Niue
  • Year Awarded: 2015
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $660,000
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National Marine Monument Coalition

  • Region: North America
  • Country: United States of America (USA)
  • Year Awarded: 2015
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Amount: $103,000
Purpose:

Oceans 5 provided a grant to help organize a coalition of ocean non-governmental organizations to streamline advocacy and support carefully orchestrated campaigns around key areas in need of protection. This group, known as the National Ocean Protection Coalition, was comprised of more than 30 organizations operating at the national and regional levels, and coordinated effort with local businesses, academic institutions, faith-based groups, fishermen, and environmental organizations to generate support for monument designations and expansions.

Improving China’s Domestic Fisheries

  • Region: Asia
  • Country: China
  • Year Awarded: 2015
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Amount: $271,000
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Supporting the Arctic Council

  • Region: Polar
  • Country:
  • Year Awarded: 2015
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Amount: $801,000
Purpose:

This project supports a coalition of organizations seeking to develop an interconnected network of marine protected areas across the circumpolar Arctic. The project seeks to take advantage of the Circumpolar Conservation Union’s unique access to high-level intergovernmental Arctic Council meetings and ensure that the Council, the Arctic nations, the indigenous communities of the Arctic, and other stakeholders work together to follow through on the Council’s stated priority of developing an ecologically significant network of marine protected areas across the top of the planet.