If every living person were spread out evenly amongst the surfaces of the world’s oceans…

You would have a little over 12 acres* to yourself. That’s about nine football fields, or just under five city blocks.

What would you do with your 12 acres of ocean surface?  Would you keep it clean?  Make sure the creatures living underneath it were healthy?  Enforce sustainable fishing within your boundary?  

If you had 12 acres of ocean surface that was all yours, you would probably care for it like you would your own plot of land.  And considering the average farm in America is around 430** acres, maintaining 12 acres suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting.

And if you take care of your piece of the ocean, it takes care of you, too.

Because they're Our Oceans. Our Lives.

Our educations. Jobs. Homes. Our sustainable food sources. Clean water. Recreation. Our present, and our future.

But you don’t have to sail out to sea to be the keeper of your piece of the “Big Blue”.  Your everyday choices do that for you.

Everything from your decision to turn the water off while you brush your teeth, to buying the sustainably-caught fish at the market.  The local organic produce, and the bread from the small family-owned bakery next door.  Planting the native species in your yard.  Picking up the straws and deflated balloons from the beach.

But there’s always one more step you can take.

Ocean Research Foundation (ORF) partners with people like you, who know that making their mark on ocean health starts locally. It truly is a ripple effect.

And you can help us make an even bigger splash, by donating to our research and outreach efforts, volunteering with us, or helping to spread the word about what we do.

ORF is based next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay, and like you, we’re starting at our own doorstep.

From shark surveys in the Bay, to teaching the public all about ocean conservation, ORF is honing in on local efforts to start the ripples...and watch them grow.

Because we can. With your support.

It’s Your Ocean, and Your Life. Own it. All 12 acres, and beyond.

*World’s oceans surface area = 361,900,000 km2 Source: Eakins, B.W. and G.F. Sharman, Volumes of the World's Oceans from ETOPO1, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, CO, 2010. World population = 7,342,259,300 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/popclock/world Calculation: 361,900,000 km2 / 7,342,259,300 persons = 0.049 km2 per person = 12.18 acres per person **Source: USDA Census of Agriculture 2012 https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/