Marine Defenders' Partners
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There are many ways to take action and protect the waters from oil pollution and marine debris. Check out any of the organizations below for more information about marine pollution issues and how to get involved in protecting your waters!
National Resources for Professional Mariners
- Seaman's Church Institute The Seamen's Church Institute promotes the safety, dignity and improved working environment for the men and women serving in North American and international maritime workplaces. Founded in 1834 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, though nondenominational in terms of its trustees, staff and service to mariners, the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey is the largest, most comprehensive mariners’ agency in North America.
The SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights administers the world’s only free legal-aid service devoted exclusively to the needs of merchant mariners. On a daily basis, the Institute assists mariners with concerns regarding working conditions, compensation, and rights in various circumstances.
- Woods Hole Center for Oceans & Human Health The Center for Oceans and Human health is a leading research institution devoted to improving public health through the study of toxins present in the world's oceans. To learn more about some of the Center's research, please read the evolving science of oil toxicology.
Key Environmental Partner
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.
Since 1961 they have empowered people to care for the coast through advocacy, conservation, and education. The American Littoral Society not only provides a voice for the coast, but also gives concerned citizens the knowledge and tools they need to raise their voices with us. When the Littoral Society restores habitat, their objective is not only to restore a dune or rebuild an oyster reef, but also to motivate people to invest “sweat equity” into a piece of the coast, take ownership and become committed stewards. When the Littoral Society educate, we don’t merely provide books, CDs, or handouts. The Littoral Society leads students young and old into the water to get their feet wet and their hands muddy.
New York/ New Jersey Environmental Organizations
- US Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Division ECS is responsible for prosecuting individuals and companies which have violated laws designed to protect the environment and wildlife resources. The DOJ works closely with the US Coast Guard to prosecute cases of intentional oil pollution from ships. The Department of Justice also provides rewards for whistleblowers who report illegal activity aboard their ships.
- US Coast Guard The US Coast Guard is the branch of the military charged with protecting the security and environmental resources of our nation's shorelines and waterways.