sustainable ocean alliance


Looking back at 2022, I am humbled by the incredible work the SOA team brought to life.
It was a record-breaking fundraising year, which allowed us to accelerate dozens of new ocean solutions that you can read about in this report. We now have more than 7,000 young ocean leaders around the world, and 82 hubs across 77 countries. The team came together for the first time since the pandemic at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Portugal, where we proudly cohosted the Youth and Innovation Forum. Many of us met in person for the very first time on the beautiful beach in Cascais, where we had the honor to watch more than 120 youth devise real-world solutions to some of the greatest threats facing our ocean – and even enjoyed a surprise appearance from actor and activist Jason Momoa! From our realized impact to strengthening internal bonds, it was truly SOA's greatest year yet.

Now looking forward to 2023, it is clear we still have so much work to do. We are bracing for the defining climate fight of our generation – deep-seabed mining. SOA has been campaigning vigorously against this destructive practice for more than two years, and recently delivered a collaborative petition with more than a quarter of a million signatures calling for a moratorium. The International Seabed Authority is set to vote on whether to allow the mining of the deep sea in July, and if approved, it could be open for business that very month. In the history of the destruction of our planet, our generation has never been present to prevent detrimental actions from taking place. This is why we are spending so much of our time restoring, regenerating, and rehabilitating. But now, we can prevent this horrific practice from ever starting. We cannot afford to stay silent and do nothing. We cannot afford to stay on the sidelines and watch those in power determine our fate and our future. This is why we must urgently continue to build our network of young ocean leaders – and ocean allies of all ages. It is critical we have a voice in world-altering decisions, as it is our future most at stake.

While we know we have our work cut out for us, I hope you are as inspired and buoyed by this report as I am. The climate crisis cannot be solved by one person. But together, we are creating meaningful change to protect our planet, our future, and each other.

Signature of Daniela Fernandez

Daniela V. Fernandez

Founder and CEO,
Sustainable Ocean Alliance



Our global network of people and solutions are making a measurable impact. These numbers are cumulative through December 31, 2022.


solutions accelerated

with headquarters in 77 different countries

investments and grants

from SOA to our solutions pipeline

Countries represented

by SOA's youth leaders and solutions

youth-led hubs

engaging over 200,000 participants in global activations


within SOA's solutions


raised by SOA startups

five areas of ocean HEALTH IMPACT

Sustainable Ocean Alliance takes a unique approach to solving key ocean challenges. By allocating funding across nonprofit grants, market-driven startup investments, and local initiatives, we support a diverse community of ocean solutions. This unique strategy has led to SOA supporting 266 ocean solutions across 77 countries over the past 5 years.

Through collaboration with ocean impact entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and scientific advisors, we have developed a methodology for organizing and collecting impact data across five key ocean areas. Each solution represented in this report falls into one or more of these impact categories. We hope that this report will encourage funders to allocate more resources towards solving these ocean challenges.

Craig Dudenhoeffer
Chief Impact & Investments Officer


Greenhouse Gas: Blue Carbon & CO2e Removal or Avoidance

2022 IMPACT:
1,143 metric tons of CO2 avoided or removed

Greenhouse gasses (GHGs) absorb infrared solar radiation and trap heat in the atmosphere, resulting in global warming, climate change, increased ocean temperatures and sea level rise. CO2, one of the most common GHGs, is absorbed by the ocean, which in turn, causes ocean acidification. In 2022, 36.8 gigatons of carbon (CO2) were emitted globally.

By supporting solutions that remove or avoid GHG emissions, or that sequester and store CO2, SOA can help reduce these harmful environmental effects and improve the health of our ocean.



Waste reduction & the Circular economy

2022 IMPACT:
1,794 metric tons of waste removed, avoided, or recycled
(including 446 metric tons of plastic)

Every year, 11 million metric tons of plastic enter our marine environments, killing marine life, destroying sensitive ocean ecosystems, and polluting food sources that support livelihoods around the world.

SOA champions solutions that remove these harmful pollutants from the ocean or avoid their use altogether. Their work in turn helps to build the circular economy, which promotes the extension of product lifecycles through recycling and upcycling, and aims to decrease solid waste and pollution.


Ecosystem Preservation & Restoration

2022 IMPACT:

  • 7,700 square meters of mangrove forest preserved or Restored
    4,637 Square meters of coral reef preserved or restored

Marine and coastal ecosystems protect crucial biodiversity, and provide services vital to our existence. These areas include coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and the deep seabed. Together, they serve as critical areas for wildlife reproduction, nurseries for marine organisms, and landscapes for carbon capture.

Solutions in this category measure impact by reporting the area of marine habitat they restore or protect. In 2022, this included establishing 3,573 square meters of coral reef, and planting 19,425 mangroves. This category also includes 11 projects related to local education and advocacy around the detrimental impacts of deep-seabed mining.


Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & seafood alternatives

2022 IMPACT:
56.9 metric tons of Blue Foods Produced
55 metric tons of bycatch avoided

More than three billion people rely on seafood as a primary source of protein, and 260 million depend on fisheries for their livelihoods. Overfishing, and illegal and industrial practices are killing wildlife and destroying wild places. At the same time, aquaculture seeks to meet demand and reduce the burden on the ocean, but can result in high levels of pollution if not performed sustainably.

Emerging alternatives to any form of aquatically-derived animal protein are plant-based and new methods of cellular agriculture. SOA supports solutions that produce sustainable Blue Foods and those that help move our food systems towards a sustainable future.



2022 IMPACT:
3,149 People Trained or Educated
156 Reports & Publications
296 Workshops

Ocean data, literacy, and research projects help us build the knowledge base we need to activate all other ocean solutions. While there may not be a singular category to measure their impact, in 2022 we have elected to report on education, training, and knowledge sharing.

The majority of projects in this category represent grants to SOA's global community, via Hubs. Through hosting over 150 events and activations around the world, their work has engaged over 200,000 people. These projects inform policy, drive innovation, and equip new audiences with the knowledge they need to become change agents in their own right.






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Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Dicky Alfandy

Pesisear Mama

"Coastal Mama" aims to reduce the use of plastic sachets in Pasaran, a small island in Indonesia, while helping women who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. First, they will do research to understand which single-use products/items are most used by households and local shops. Then, they choose 30 mothers on the island to participate in workshops on upcycling and initiating refill stations with local shops. People will pay for these products but they are cheaper than standard, less sustainable ones. Shop-owners (who are women) will get some portion of the profit.

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South America

Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Seafood Alternatives

Russell Reed

Building an Equitable Seaweed Economy in Colombia I

Despite growing demand and desirable ecological conditions, the Colombian seaweed economy remains underdeveloped. As the industry grows, insufficient infrastructure and legislation may lead to the construction of an extractive and exploitative seaweed economy. Project leaders will conduct focus groups with Indigenous Wayuu people and regional fishing communities harmed by overfishing and climate change to build the foundation of a community-led seaweed ecosystem in Colombia.

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South America

Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Timna Varela

Green School Blue Future Curriculum

 Timna Varela (35) is establishing the first officially accredited Environmental Education Program within the Bay Islands of Punta Gorda, Honduras, aiming to educate members of the fishing community on marine conservation to establish a culture of sustainable stewardship.

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Europe & United Kingdom

Ecosystems and Species: Preservation & Restoration

Anne-Sophie Roux, Danielle McCaffrey


Tēnaka is a social business whose mission is to restore the blue carbon sinks of our planet by developing tailor-made corporate responsibility programs and impact measurement technologies.

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Europe & United Kingdom

Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Marion Padioleau

Finsulate (Blue Innov)

Blue Innov is a french company dedicated to the development of environmentally friendly innovations in the nautical sector. Their first implementation is an ocean-friendly antifouling innovation created by the dutch researcher Rik Breur.

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Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Johnmary Kavuma

Upcycle Africa

We believe that attaching economic benefit to plastic waste is the way to curb its accumulation. Most of the people on the shore of Lake Victoria live on less than 2 dollars a day, especially women. We educate communities on the threats posed to mother earth and change their mindset on the way they think and discard plastic waste. With our waste collection program we collect plastic waste from beaches, streets and bus stations ensuring a clean and safe environment.

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United States of America

North America

Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Seafood Alternatives

Emily De Sousa

Find Your Seafood Campaign

The Local Catch Network (LCN) Find your Seafood tool connects consumers with fishers in their local community. This grant funds the media activities around Find Your Seafood Week on August 22-28 as well as the capacity building training provided to local fishers and members of the LCN so that they can learn how to replicate these and other social media campaigns to grow their businesses.

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United States of America

North America

Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Seafood Alternatives

Brian von Herzen, Bob Kryczko, Ken Austin, Theresa Theuretzbacher


SeaForestation.Co provides deepwater solar irrigation services and equipment for replete seaweed cultivation across the oceans while augmenting seaweed value chains to meet food security needs, ecosystem life support and carbon export applications.

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Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Mohamed Kombo

Kwale River Cleanup

This project includes cleanup of the Kwale river, a baseline survey, and a mural-painting project in the coastal county of Kwale, Kenya. The mural and graphics will create sensitisation to both literate and illiterate people about the importance of keeping the river clean.

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