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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South America

Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

maria angelica barcasnegras rodriguez

Guardianes de Bocas de Ceniza: La Expedición

Training 10 students over the course of 5 months on ocean conservation in Colombia, as well as local cleanups around Baranquilla.

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Marine Data or Research

Faqih Akbar Alghozali

Indonesian Elasmobranch Citizen Science Network

The Elasmobranch Citizen Science Network is creating an Indonesia-wide Citizen Science Network to support elasmobranch conservation through a mobile-reporting database. Elasmobranch Project Indonesia works with government and non-profit organizations and other stakeholders in the region to recruit and train youth from every region to identify and report shark sightings and landings.

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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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Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Jeremy Raguain

Amen mon lo zil / Take Me to the Islands

This project will visit and film 7 islands of the Seychelles to highlight and document biodiversity, island and marine conservation initiatives and challenges, marine protected areas and research. Seychellois will be interviewed and featured and the videos will be translated into the 3 official Seychelles languages.

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Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Ninomiya Ami

Garbage Art Exhibition | Overflow

Northern Okinawa's main island, generally called “Yanbaru”, is an area with many unique landscapes such as subtropical laurel forests, cloud forests, rivers, mangroves, and limestones. Yanbaru natives have lived in harmony with nature for hundreds of years, however, vast quantities of debris have begun to collect along the coastline of Yanbaru. For this project, the project leader will work with the local association of Yanbaru to create an exhibition by picking up and vacuum-sealing debris/making it into art work.

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Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Seafood Alternatives

Forbi Perise Eyong Nyosai

Let the Sea Turtle Live

A project in partnership with the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Nature, and Sustainable Development to raise awareness among fishermen to improve fishing practices with the aim of conserving the endangered sea turtles. Over 3,000 fishermen in 4 fishing communities took part, including 30 fishermen association leaders who agreed to serve as ambassadors for the project and to continue to spread awareness in their community. Volunteers from the University of Buea played key roles in door-to-door sensitization, which contributed to an estimated 75% increase in awareness amongst the fishing community on the ecological importance of sea turtles.

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Ocean Data, Literacy & Research

Claudia Machaieie

Community Empowerment

This program intends to solve problems such as the lack of knowledge related to marine life and marine pollution, aiming to educate children to become ambassadors or protectors of the oceans in the future. The plastic found on the beach during cleanup activities can be used to produce household items, toys, and more objects from a 3D printer, thereby vitalizing this program by selling these produced goods.

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Europe & United Kingdom

Pollution: Waste Reduction & Circular Use

Mojca Zupan, Miha Vrhovec


PlanetCare has designed the only purpose built microfiber filter that has been independently tested to capture over 90% of the fibers of all size ranges before they leave the drain pumps. The filter is installed as an external attachment to washing machines. As part of a closed loops system, cartridges are collected after use and reused/recycled.

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United States of America

North America

Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Seafood Alternatives

Robyn Linner

Eastern Gulf of Maine Sentinel Survey

The annual "Sentinel Survey" seeks to understand effects of climate change on Atlantic cod and other species in the eastern Gulf of Maine to inform federal management. Cod have essentially vanished from the NE region of the Gulf of Maine and scientists don't know why, in part because of a lack of data collected at the federal level (cod live in shallow waters, and lobster gear makes shallow survey trawling impossible). This survey seeks to fill this knowledge gap, while also collecting data on the impact of the rapidly warming waters of the Gulf of Maine.

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