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Benioff Ocean Initiative stands in solidarity and support with the Black community in acknowledging systemic racial violence and abuses. We also acknowledge that this is only part of what we can and must do. To further science and conservation, we desperately need the voices, faces, and talents of people of all colors and backgrounds, including the Black voices so often left out of the conversation. Our planet's health relies on all of us working together.

The pulse of the ocean is getting weaker.
Together we can revive it.

Ideas welcome from anyone, anywhere in the world.

Submit Ocean Problem



Here’s the process

IDEATE

IDEATE

Tell us what’s broken in your ocean. Ideas welcome from anyone, anywhere.
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STUDY

STUDY

We get the best minds in marine biology to solve your problem.
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SOLVE

SOLVE

We put down a million dollars to make the solution real.



Crowdsourced Projects

Cutting River Plastic Waste

Rivers around the world funnel plastic waste into the ocean at an alarming rate, causing harmful effects on ocean animals, coastal economies, and human health. We are partnering with The Coca-Cola Foundation to provide a combined $11 million to address this problem. The fund will support interdisciplinary teams working across the globe to launch pilot projects to capture plastic waste from polluted rivers and create accompanying communications campaigns. Click below to learn more.
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Reducing Whale Strikes

We have assembled and funded four teams of scientists to collect fine-scale, near real-time data on whales in the Santa Barbara region using acoustic monitoring devices, thermal imaging cameras, and predictive modeling. The goal of this combined work is to provide managers and the shipping industry with timely information to reduce the risk of fatal ship strikes. Once established, this will serve as the West Coast’s first real-time actionable whale notification system.
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