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

Kristin Kagetsu

Plastic-free Sanitary Pads to Reduce Ocean Plastic

With support from SOA, Saathi will do a thorough assessment of the positive environmental impact of their product in terms of plastic and C02 pollution avoided due to the production of their plastic-free feminine hygiene products. Their business model has a positive impact at every part of our supply chain, providing income to farmers who produce the materials, employ an all-female manufacturing staff, and sell pads to women typically residing in underserved urban areas.

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South America

Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Giovanna Scagnolatto

TransforMAR Project

Brazil has great social inequality and disadvantaged social classes have no access to quality education. Paraty is a natural paradise popular with tourists, but has overfishing, massive trawling, shark predation and other predatory activities, and there is no environmental education in the schools, selective waste collection, or treated sewage for all. This, the 3rd grant SOA has issued in support of the TransforMAR project, will continue to marine science education and scuba diving to inspire and educate low-income youth in the community.

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South America

Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Daniel Caceres Bartra

SOA Peru: La Academia 2021

La Academia is an online course developed and managed by Sustainable Ocean Alliance through the SOA Hubs in Peru and Ecuador, in coordination with Hispanoamerica Hub network in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia. It educates Spanish-speaking young people interested in ocean conservation through seminars conducted by experts, multimedia educational content, and weekly assignments.

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South America

Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Marysol Gomez Naveda

HAZla por tu Playa

HAZla por tu Playa is a national campaign to keep our ocean, seas, lakes and rivers free from pollution. This movement started in Peru (reaching 22 regions) and has now extended to 11 countries, continuing to grow with each edition. Over the 8 editions of HAZla we have cleaned over 1000 beaches, rivers, wetlands & lakes with around 200 tons of debris collected and the success of knowing that our efforts not only cleaned but prevented more plastic from reaching the sea.

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Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Jephthah Adelowo

Ocean Plastic Upcycling and Conservation

This project aims to educate and engage youth in 5 schools in the Ibadan, Nigeria area about the ocean plastic problem. Each school will organize a local cleanup, create an upcycling program, and participate in a local upcycling competition where they turn the trash they have collected into something useful. They aim to remove over 1 tonne of waste.

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South America

Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Stefanie Torres La Torre

Ocean Watchers

This program trains “Ocean Watchers” in the youth communities of Peru most affected by the February 2022 oil spill. Through presentations, workshops, and dialogues facilitated by experts, youth, artisanal fishermen, leaders, and organizers  are given the skills necessary to increase ocean awareness and emergency preparedness in the face of increased threats from climate change and extractive industries.

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United Kingdom

Europe & United Kingdom

Ecosystems and Species: Preservation & Restoration

Yanik Nyberg

Seawater Solutions

Seawater Solutions creates, implements, and scales wetland farming solutions across target regions suffering from salinisation and other climate-threats to agriculture and our coastal wetlands. From aquaculture to saline agriculture, the company integrates nature-based solutions into sea-based industries to maximise the benefits that wetlands create for coastal communities.

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Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Neeshad Shafi

Zero Waste Qatar

Zero Waste Qatar works towards the goal of zero waste becoming mainstream in the country. This project incorporates workshop series, webinars, conferences, study tours, case studies, policy papers, and long-term online and offline campaigns. Equipping thousands of change agents with the right knowledge to implement change. They also mobilize in favor of good design and denounce products that are not produced with circularity in mind. Public support for waste-free alternatives is the main pillar, as people have identified it as the easiest way to support this joint effort and contribute to the fight against climate breakdown.

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North America

Marine Data or Research

Nerea Álvarez Rodríguez

Relationship Between Oxycline Depth and Mesoscale

This project is part of a Master's degree thesis in Marine Ecology that explores the Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ) on the Mexican Tropical Eastern Pacific coast near the Gulf of California. With SOA funding, this project would use the Winkler method to conduct dissolved oxygen titrations to study the variability of the oxycline in relation to the presence of mesoscale processes in the seasonal cycle, including coastal currents. This would contribute to knowledge on OMZ permanence, distribution, and formation, which is pressing since OMZs are expected to expand under climate change.

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