Loggerhead Sea Turtle 
  • Ocean Health Initiative

    ‚ÄčThe Ocean Health Initiative is focused on targeted conservation to increase the quality of the Nation's coastal and marine habitats along the East coast and Gulf of Mexico. Projects received throughout the broad marine and coastal conservation portfolio of the Foundation will be selected that most represent the spirit of the partners in fostering community stewardship to bolster coastal and marine resources. The goal of the Initiative is to support a portfolio of projects that results in meaningful improvements to the health of threatened marine and coastal species and habitats while actively engaging communities near SeaWorld entertainment locations.

    Key areas of interest will include but are not limited to:

    • Engaging diverse communities, including youth and minorities, in marine and coastal conservation;
    • Conserving and protecting threatened sea turtle, marine mammal, seabird and shorebird populations;
    • Enhancing the health of major estuaries on the East Coast, such as the Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico; and
    • Reducing pollution in upstream riparian corridors, such as the James and Schuylkill rivers, promoting a headwaters to the oceans approach to aquatic conservation.

    While the Ocean Health Initiative does not provide a separate funding opportunity for soliciting proposals, applicants that believe their project embodies the purpose of this initiative are encouraged to highlight this nexus in their proposal narratives when applying for funding through other programs in the marine and coastal portfolio.


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