Useful Links

Atlantic Research Coalition

Bilbao-based society for the study and conservation of marine fauna

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoise in Irish waters.

The Sea Trust
Sea Trust is a section of the Wildlife Trust S&W Wales and was formed as a marine arm of the Wildlife Trust S&W Wales.

Aberdeen University
Aberdeen University regularly uses data gathered by MARINElife and is currently involved in NorCet

Ferry based surveys between Aberdeen, Shetland and Orkney

Rugvin Project
A Dutch NGO specialised in research and education on Cetaceans in the Dutch waters


Global NGOs

Birdlife International
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Conservation International
CI's Global Marine Division is dedicated to improving ocean health at a global scale. Working with over 150 partners around the globe, leveraging a collaborative network of partnerships at every level; including fostering opportunity and education at the local level they work to develop sound science to prove the links between healthy oceans and thriving people, communities and societies.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace

IFAW International Fund for Animal Welfare
IFAW works to improve animal welfare, prevent animal cruelty and abuse, protect wildlife and provide animal rescue around the world. From stopping the elephant ivory trade, to ending the Canadian seal hunt and saving the whales from extinction, IFAW works to create solutions that benefit both animals and people.

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered especies . Our offices in Europe, North America, Central America and South America work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Marine Conservation Society (MSC)
MCS's vision is for seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution free beaches and bathing waters - seas that are fit for wildlife to thrive in and for people to enjoy, and seas that will support future generations with abundant resources.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

SeaWeb is an international, nonprofit, communications organization dedicated to creating a culture of ocean conservation.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)
WDCS works worldwide to conserve cetaceans.

WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature)
WWF's Global Marine Programme develops, advocates, and implements solutions for the protection of marine ecosystems and the sustainable use of marine resources.


UK and Western Europe

ORCA is the marine conservation charity dedicated to forging links between people and the sea. ORCA is committed to the study of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and promoting their conservation through enthusing, inspiring and educating others.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The RSPB works on a range of issues to protect and conserve the birds of our seas and coasts, and the wonderful marine environment on which they depend, from the impacts of human activities.

Seawatch Foundation
Working in close partnership with the public, Sea Watch is a national marine conservation research charity dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) around the UK.

The Shark Trust
The Shark Trust is the UK registered charity which works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Our vision is a world where sharks thrive within a globally healthy marine ecosystem.

Icelandic Nature Conservation Association
Established in 1997 with the aim of conserving wilderness in Iceland, it speaks out against whaling quotas.


Public Bodies

The UK Government Department of Environment Fisheries and Rural Affairs

JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. Our role is to provide evidence, information and advice so that decisions are made that protect natural resources and systems. Our specific role is to work on nature conservation issues that affect the UK as a whole and internationally.

The key to marine conservation is to influence the behaviour of users of the seas. In contrast to conservation on land, there are few opportunities to directly affect biodiversity, for instance through habitat recreation or re-establishing lost species.

Natural England
Natural England works to ensure that our marine environment is better understood, valued and protected

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Effective management of the many uses and activities in the marine environment is crucial to safeguard our renowned wildlife and landscapes, and is equally important in preserving a future for those industries which rely on the coast and sea.



The purpose of this site is to provide background information on the key issues in the debate around illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is the world's leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood.

Hugh's Fish Fight
Campaign headed by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall diversify fish eating habits and change the fishing policies to benefit fish, fishermen and consumers.


Commercial Partners


Maersk Line


Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Norfolk Line / DFDS

P&O Ferries

Swan Hellenic Cruises


Wouldn't it be great if all those really positive jobs to do with the environment and sustainability were all in one place? was set up to make that happen.

OSPAR Commission
OSPAR is the mechanism by which fifteen Governments of the western coasts and catchments of Europe, together with the European Community, cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.

The Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) was concluded in 1991 under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS or Bonn Convention) and entered into force in 1994. In February 2008, an extension of the agreement area came into force; the "Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas".

Convention on Migratory Species
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme.

European Cetacean Society
The European Cetacean Society (ECS) was established to promote and advance the scientific studies and conservation efforts of marine mammals and to gather and disseminate information about cetaceans to members of the Society and the public at large.

British Wildlife Wiki
The British Wildlife Wiki was set up by the WWC to provide a concise online encylopedia of British Wildlife that people can use and edit.

UK Coastal Wildlife
A dedicated library of UK marine and coastal wildlife photographs taken both above and below the water by diver and photographer Steve Trewhella.

Conservation Jobs
Conservation Jobs is an ethical company with a mission; we would rather help charities and organisations find the people they need, keep unnecessary costs low and connect conservation. Listing with us is either low cost or free and we absolutely DO NOT charge our audience to access content, receive weekly newsletters or upload their CV. Our mission is to help conservation, not hinder it.


For a wide selection of marine conservation opportunities and jobs.