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12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rachel40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional organisation I have been involved with since 2007. OceansWatch is founded on and driven by a genuine passion for conservation and humanitarian values and promoting living in balance with our planet. Like myself, OceansWatch advocates the need for better protection of our oceans in order to maintain it as a sustainable resource for many generations to come. With skilled organisation and contacts, the organisation is able to deliver this message to island communities in a way that really makes a difference. I am proud to be associated with OceansWatch and hope to be so for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I am always impressed with the organisation and effectivness of OceansWatch. The team work really hard together, working towards a common goal of creating a sustailable future for islanders in need and helping to raise the awarness of our environment and what it should meen to us. As a volunteer you are made to feel very welcome and as one with the OceansWatch family. A great experience and a great way to help our earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a contributor to Oceanswatch I have been constantly impressed by the professionalism that Chris Bone has brought to all aspects of the project. We share a vision to engage with the world's yachting community in order to undertake projects that help the marine environment and remote coastal and island communities. The potential of this organisation to make a real difference is huge and Chris has never lost sight of the need to engage with local communities and offer real value through establishing mutually respectful partnerships. I cannot recommend this organisation too strongly to potential donors. Join us and share in the excitement of watching small ripples spread across the oceans of the world, becoming larger and larger...helping to create sustainable lives in some of the most remote communities on Planet Ocean!

Joetta P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oceanswatch works from a great community development model, with a focus on upskilling and empowering communities, so that they are able to eventually manage their own marine and other resources in a sustainable way.

Julia A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a small nonprofit with very few overheads and therefore the projects that we do are very efficient and this means people donating money to OceansWatch can be sure that the money goes to making a difference to the communities where we are working. We have strong values and stick closely to our vision, mission and objectives while insuring that the people involved with us feel job satisfaction and also have a great experience.

Louise7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oceanswatch is a fantastic organisation making a real positive impact on the environment. Chris Bone keeps us at Eradicating Ecocide informed on a number of environmentally destructive projects happening and Oceans watch is key in standing up against these.

Glenn E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OcenasWatch is a grass roots organisation that is actually achieving practical results in ocean conservation, sustainable resource use and environmental remediation. Their work with island coastal communities is inspiring because hey truly work in partnership with those communities and assist them in responding to enormous challenges that are mainly not of their own making, eg. climate change and global warming, over fishing by industrial fishing industries and coastal land use changes. By being member based they keep their feet firmly on the ground nd their energy focused on practical solutions. I have been involved with OceansWatch in a number of capacities, marine mammal protoclos, Reef check training, and dive training and I am hugely impressed by their commitment and professionalism. What they have achieved with so little funding is amazing. But they do need more support so I strongly urge anyone who is looking for ways to support Ocean conservation to consider OceansWatch as a worthy organisation to support. I am so impressed with them that I have donated the use of my catamaran for their projects. Glenn Edney

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OceansWatch http://oceanswatch.org is the organisation that is linking cruising yachts with training in a worldwide reef monitoring project (Reef Check) and cultural awareness and education about cruising among and visiting coastal communities in the South and West Pacific. I have been following their projects over the past 4 years, and they have succeeded in establishing lasting relationships with their project communities, and through trust and commitment, have helped them declare and secure Marine Protected Areas where the fish stocks are returning. As the relationship strengthens, other areas present themselves - helping families pay school fees by selling their craft to developed country markets and returning the profits to the artists themselves, and instituting sister schools in Australia and New Zealand to procure books and school materials. OceansWatch has helped connect the community on Rennell Island with legal advice to prevent large commercial forestry projects on their island and limit the damage to their reef . OceansWatch is doing the work we know needs doing.

Andrew22

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oceanswatch is an inspiring Ocean Conservation organization that works with small island communities around the world to help them adapt to changing oceans and protect vital fish and habitat resources on which they depend. Oceanswatch is one of the best organizations that are working with Oceans as they employ the use of passionate volunteers and yatchs to get to remote islands and complete their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I find the work OceansWatch is doing very inspiring. Preventing the destruction of the reefs and coastal communities is so worthwhile and much better than trying to "fix" the damage later on.