The Blog Aquatic » supporters News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From Fish Tank Sales to Wedding Favors, Our Donors Find a Way to Protect the Ocean They Love Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:38:09 +0000 Sarah van Schagen

R. Patrick Donston

For more than 40 years, Ocean Conservancy has been hard at work keeping the ocean healthy to keep us healthy. But none of that work would have been possible without the generous support of our many donors.

Who are the people who help us protect our valuable marine resources for generations to come? They’re people just like you.

Here are just a few of the Ocean Conservancy supporters who make our work possible:

R. Patrick Donston, Clifton, NJ, owner of Absolutely Fish

R Patrick Donston raised $5,000 for Ocean Conservancy during an Earth Day promotion at his store Absolutely Fish.

What moves you to act for the ocean?

Very simply – the animals. For all the hours I’ve spent on aquariums, I have experienced nothing by admiration for the creatures. It’s pure freedom, joy and love. It’s a spellbinding wilderness in our homes. It’s a great educational tool, too. I bring people closer to a world they may never know.

R. Patrick Donston

R. Patrick Donston

What is your hope for the ocean?

Sustainability. Humans need the ocean. We have to share, care for it and understand it.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

I feel Ocean Conservancy has the experience and respect of government to resolve conservation issues.


Catherine Grace, The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit, Brewster, New York

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit has supported Ocean Conservancy for more than 20 years. 

What motivates you to speak for the ocean?

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit

On a practical level, we cannot live without the ocean – it regulates the fragile balance of our atmospheric temperature and provides critical nourishment for the building blocks of our food system. But its health is also critical for our spiritual well-being; its beauty and wonder stills our souls and humbles us.

What do you wish for the ocean of the future?

That it remains whole, wholesome, healthy and holy, respected and enjoyed by all creatures.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

Your mission statement says it all: you conduct scientific research and educational projects leading to the protection and conservation of our ocean. An individual cannot provide all the wisdom and effort needed to heal our precious planet.


Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis, Rochester, Minnesota

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis donated to Ocean Conservancy in lieu of favors at their wedding in Hawaii.

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis

What moves you to speak for the ocean?

We feel that the ocean is a very critical part of our planet’s ecosystem, and it is rapidly deteriorating. We are strong advocates against overfishing, destruction of coral reefs and the overall abuse our ocean is currently undergoing.

What do you wish for the ocean of the future?

We hope that in the future our children will be able to appreciate the ocean as we have. We want them to know the beauty and power that it holds.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

We know that Ocean Conservancy is a strong voice in the preservation of the ocean and its wildlife. We want to support an organization that has the same beliefs, vision and goals we have for the ocean ourselves.

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A New Website for Ocean Conservancy is Here Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:36:59 +0000 Guest Blogger

As I look back at the run Ocean Conservancy has had in the digital space over the last several months, I can’t help but be proud and humbled:

Proud of the work we’ve done to create some fantastic products and campaigns to get our supporters more involved in the fight for a clean and healthy ocean. And humbled by the immensely talented and driven individuals I’m privileged to work and create with every day.

Over these months, we’ve worked with staff across Ocean Conservancy’s program areas to:

And now, we’re building on that success, by launching a completely redesigned website for Ocean Conservancy.

We hope this new site will be an engaging and immersive experience for our community and will make it easier for you to find information on our vision for a healthy ocean and how we’re working to achieve that vision.

We also believe this new site will give you more opportunities to engage with us, whether it’s signing up for our updates and action alerts, connecting with us through social media, or leaving your thoughts on a feature story.

The site design, and it’s features, are a recognition that Ocean Conservancy is only as strong as the community of supporters, activists and donors who support us. We need to hear from you and this new site is designed to facilitate the conversation.

In fact, as you go through the site, you will see a gray tab in the lower left-hand corner of every page. If you encounter any issues, or want to leave a message for us, you can do so through that tab. Anything submitted to that tab will go directly to me and you won’t be added to our email lists. We simply want to hear from you so we can make the site better.

Despite all of this work, we’re not finished — in fact, out work is just beginning. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to improve our digital presence by:

  • Rolling out a fresh design for The Blog Aquatic,
  • Relaunching our ocean trash action site, Keep the Coast Clear, and
  • Creating a mobile version of our website to give you the absolute best on-the-go experience we can.

As we roll out the new site and these future improvements, I want to thank everyone at Ocean Conservancy — from our program staff, to our finance and development teams and, of course, my colleagues in Marketing and Communications — who have all worked to make this site the best it can be.

I’d also like to recognize the work of Brodeur Partners and Digital Pulp, who worked tirelessly as true partners over the last year to help create the content and the design you see on the site.

And of course, we want to thank you, our supporters, for making all of this possible and fighting every day for a healthy ocean.

If you have questions about the new site, or what we’re up to online, please leave a comment. I’m happy to let you all know what’s going on.

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