Ocean Elders

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"OceanElders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to use their collective influence and experience, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean's habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity." [1]

Founded in August 2011, "The idea for OceanElders was born on the Mission Blue Voyage to the Galapagos Islands in April 2010, where more than 100 scientists, business leaders, philanthropists and celebrities came together to help Dr. Sylvia Earle, 2009 TED Prize Winner...

"A Mission Blue Voyage participant and philanthropist, Gigi Brisson returned home inspired to sustain the momentum sparked in the Galapagos. Aware of the mission and positive impact of The Elders in addressing human rights, Brisson believed that a similar structure could be applied to benefit the ocean. Following its model, Brisson created and funded OceanElders, and targeted global leaders who had a personal passion for the ocean and all marine life." [2]


Accessed November 2011: [3]

Directors [4]

Council of Advisors[5]

  • Kristina M. Gjerde - Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN
  • Geoff Green - Founder, Executive Director, and Expedition Leader, Students on Ice
  • Tom Gruber - Technologist and Entrepreneur
  • Dan Laffoley - Marine Vice Chair, IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas
  • Lisa Speer - Director, International Oceans Program, NRDC
  • Maria Wilhelm - Executive Director, Avatar Alliance and President & COO, CAMERON Companies


URL: http://www.oceanelders.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. About, Ocean Elders, accessed November 28, 2011.
  2. Ted Turner, Dr. Sylvia Earle and Sir Richard Branson Unite to Form OceanElders, reuters, accessed November 28, 2011.
  3. Members, OceanElders, accessed November 28, 2011.
  4. Ocean Elders Team, organizational web page, accessed November 29, 2018.
  5. Ocean Elders Team, organizational web page, accessed November 29, 2018.