The mission of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) is to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action.
The Challenge: Understanding the Need for Marine Conservation Three recent comprehensive studies (the Pew Oceans Commission, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment) have identified the deterioration of our oceans as one of our planet’s most pressing environmental concerns. Of particular risk are the coastal zones and estuaries, which provide essential nurseries for coastal and open ocean species, yet receive the brunt of human impact. In the face of progressive decline, policymakers, industry leaders and citizens throughout the nation often remain inactive. The Solution: Using Technology to Advance Ocean Conservation
ORCA is developing high-tech sensors and communications systems capable of detecting the presence of certain plants, animals and other factors important in evaluating water quality. Such systems will report back
to scientists and the public through intuitive website interfaces, so better management solutions can be implemented against threats, such as red tides, to healthy marine ecosystems.
ORCA IS DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION & RESTORATION OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS &
THE SPECIES THEY SUSTAIN THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
& SCIENCE BASED CONSERVATION ACTION.
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR MISSION.
"ORCA has a clear understanding of the challenges they need to tackle now, as well as a well thought out plan for applying the technology of Kilroy into meaningful conservation efforts." -Alexandra Cousteau
Global Water Advocate
DID YOU KNOW?
The High Seas -- areas of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction -- cover almost 50 percent of the Earth's surface. They are the least protected part of the world.