Organizations Working to Protect our Oceans

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

Located in the village of Mazunte this part aquarium/museum, part research center dedicated to the study of the Oaxacan Riviera’s sea turtles, is open to the public.

Santuario La Escobilla

Turtle sanctuary and research center located between Mazunte and Puerto Escondido. Thousands of Olive Ridley turtles return to this beach to lay their eggs in the sand. One of the most important nesting beaches in the world. You can spend the night in cabins at this amazing beach.

Surfrider Foundation

Mission: The protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Mexican chapter out of Ensenada, Baja California Parque Nacional Huatulco Government organization involved in regulating and protecting use of Huatulco’s National Park which includes 119 sq km of land, sea and shoreline west of Santa Cruz, including some of Huatulco’s most important coral reefs, which in the past have suffered some damage from fishing and touristic activities. Their offices are located across the street from Plaza Madero. Tel. 958 587 0446


The largest international organization working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001,they have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.

An ocean conservation organization founded in 2000 by Hardy Jones and Ted Danson. Its mission is to protect dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about the plight of the oceans. BlueVoice has fought to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and to expose the harmful levels of toxins in the marine environment, including mercury, PCBs, and persistent organic pollutants, and their impact on both marine mammals and humans.

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