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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.

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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

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 supports the Clean Currents Coalition, a network of interdisciplinary teams working across the globe to launch pilot projects to capture plastic waste from polluted rivers and create behavior change through community outreach campaigns. Click below to learn more.
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Reducing Whale-Ship Collisions

Fatal ship collisions are one of the main threats facing endangered whales. The Benioff Ocean Initiative and partners have launched Whale Safe, a technology-based mapping and analysis tool that collects and displays near real-time whale and ship data to help prevent whale-ship collisions. It is the first near real-time, actionable whale notification system that incorporates AI-powered ocean sensors, big data models, citizen science, and ship tracking data.
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