EcoOcean supports the Israeli marine research community
Science and wonder meet up at EcoOcean's educational programs
Engage and act for the marine environment together with you
Leading a national network of volunteers to tackle marine pollution
EcoOcean and the Mediterranean people initiative, act together to protect marine and coastal habitats
Robust standards for sustainable management of beaches and marinas
Working alongside stakeholders to influence decision makers to protect the ocean
EcoOcean is a non-profit Israeli organization established by the Weil family and a group of leading scientists and environmentalists in 2002. The organization’s mission is to empower people to care for the marine and coastal environment of Israel and the region. We do this by means of research, education and civic engagement. We promote marine environmental protection, to become a high priority amongst the general public and policy makers in Israel. We believe that strengthening the bond between people and the sea is the best way to protect it.
Marine Research at sea is costly. We own a state-of-the-art research vessel, The Mediterranean Explorer (MedEx) enhanced by an advanced ROV (Remote operated Vehicle). They serve the marine academic community at accessible costs.
The MedEx has facilitated hundreds of marine researchers over the past 16 years. It is recognized as a major cause for the surge in marine research in Israel and the growing place of the country’s Marine academic community, on the global scene.
We deliver to over 20,000 citizens and pupils annually a broad range of educational activities: Marine exploration programs for schools, field tours, lectures about the man-made challenges the ocean face and workshops focused on blue innovation, climate change and sustainability. The activities invite you to understand, touch, smell and feel the ocean. They are customized for a broad range of age groups and to all sectors of Israeli society.
We are a dedicated team of ocean lovers, but just on our own we will not be able to do enough for the ocean. The change, is created by our volunteers and activists. Together, we work to care for the marine and coastal environment, bring a future were we and the ocean will thrive side by side.
Decision makers in key policy junctions, hold the power to influence the future of the marine environment in Israel. Whether these are coastal municipalities, government offices, planning committees or entrepreneurs. Together with our partners - environmental organizations, government offices, national and international foundations, the coastal municipalities and the communities we lead - we mobilize decision makers to prioritize and protect the environment.