We are changing the nature of aquatic preservation.
ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science based conservation action, and community education and outreach.
The nation’s first technology-based marine conservation association.
Dr. Edie Widder founded ORCA because she realized the status quo of ocean conservation was losing ground—our waters were besieged by an endless wave of unseen pollutants, toxic algae, and invading species. She also realized that the traditional conservation strategies used on land—such as buying acreage or posting “No Trespassing” signs, wouldn’t work for savings bodies of water.
So we at ORCA have come to envision a fundamentally new approach to ocean conservation—one focused on improving the quality of water—the precious habitat fish, marine mammals and other wildlife require for survival. As the nation’s first technology-based marine conservation organization, ORCA’s unique niche in responding to large-scale deterioration of the marine environment is to:
- Collect accurate and scientifically defensible data on water quality and its impact on marine ecosystems.
- Provide the data to the public and decision makers in an easily accessible and understandable format.
- Engage communities in marine conservation action, with positive reinforcement for their efforts through feedback involving easily understandable scientific data.
By combining innovative technology, applied science, and community outreach, ORCA is leading the way in protection and conservation of our valuable coast, estuaries and oceans — saving these precious habitats for the generations of tomorrow.
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) endeavors to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action, and community education and outreach.