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Safeguarding Our Oceans, One Threat at a Time
by Blue Sphere Foundation (Philanthropic organization)
We commit to rolling out the seminal programs of the Blue Sphere Foundation, an organization aimed at addressing urgent, imminent threats to marine species and ecosystems. We work at the front-lines of marine conservation, where the problems are most acute, to protect the last & most important holdouts of biodiversity on the planet. We are focused on three key threats: species extinction, marine habitat destruction, and economic and human wellbeing in communities dependent on oceans for their livelihoods. We find the most vulnerable areas where loss is assumed, but change is truly possible, and we build programs to expose, campaign and enable front-line change.

We have a team that has proven the impossible and an organization built on their determination to reverse the tide of extinction and habitat destruction. Blue Sphere is being formed by three passionate leaders with a track-record of social impact Shawn Heinrichs, a leader in the protection of threatened marine species (and central activist in the film, Racing Extinction); John Weller, whose work last year culminated in the first international treaty to protect the high seas and the world's largest marine protected area (the Ross Sea in Antarctica); and Denielle Sachs, previously the chief architect of McKinsey & Company's global corporate responsibility agenda, who helped build and launch their first-ever corporate foundation.

Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Other (please specify): Expository documentary of the Tuna fisheries
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
January 2020
STOPPING THE IMPENDING EXTINCTION OF TUNA, ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC SPECIES: Tuna populations are on the verge of extinction. One of our key programs will seek to illuminate both the beauty and impending destruction of this vicious industry (whose income comprises nearly half of the entire fishing industry combined). Our investigation, film, and campaign will address overfishing, shark exploitation, horrific by-catch, mercury & contamination, corporate cover-ups, and illegal trade. In a style similar to The Cove, which brought the Japanese whaling industry to account, we will bring the tuna industry into full focus for a global audience. We will use media, influencer and political strategies to shift the industrial complex. We also want to inspire audiences to protect this iconic species, and think about their own consumption.
January 2020
TRANSFORMING the way enforcement is done in highly trafficked marine reserves: This program will combine leading edge technological surveillance with highly trained marine patrol officers, creating the blueprint for successful prevention of the illegal wildlife trade, destructive fishing, shark finning and other harmful practices.
January 2020
SCALING PROTECTION IN THE SOUTHERN SEAS, PROTECTING ANTARCTICA : Building on the momentum of the Ross Sea MPA, and leveraging the global network of organizational, scientific, media, and diplomatic partners that collaborated to bring the Ross Sea campaign to fruition, we will support broad-scale campaigns for the new MPA proposals in the Southern Ocean.
Staff / Technical expertise
We will bring the full weight of our staff and network to bear, ensuring our work is cost-efficient and high impact.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2020 January
Blue Sphere Foundation, Misool Foundation, Wild Aid, Oceanic Preservation Society, Vulcan, Last Ocean Project, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources CCAMLR , Indonesian Manta Project, Manta Trust, Conservation International, Sea Sanctuary, Sea Soldiers, and Lonely Whale Foundation
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Denielle Sachs , Executive Director, Blue Sphere Foundation , denielle@bluespherefoundation.org, 917-243-8298
New York/ Ny, USA
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