Fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean

The ocean sustains us, stabilizes our climate and absorbs much of the carbon and heat we produce.

Up to 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from marine life.

Over 3 billion people rely on a healthy ocean to provide jobs and food.

If the Ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world.

Yet we are causing widespread harm to this planetary lifeline.

Human actions have pushed species to the brink, and caused seas to warm, rise and become more acidic.

8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year –the equivalent of one garbage truck every minute.

Every year, 32 million metric tons of fish goes unreported, more than the weight of the entire population of the US.

We have the knowledge, power and technology to put the ocean on a path to recovery. The ocean’s power of regeneration is remarkable, if we just offer it the chance.

Who we are

The Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of over 50 Ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the Ocean. Its members – the Friends – come from business, civil society, international organizations, science and technology.


Peter Thomson

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Isabella Lövin

Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

Our mission

To use our knowledge, means and influence to help the international help community take the urgent steps needed to “conserve and sustainably use our ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”

Sustainable Development Goal 14

Taking action

Working alongside the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy that brings the political will of 12 heads of government, our aim is to drive action and transformative, high-impact and scaleable initiatives in time for the proposed UN Ocean Conference in 2020. We have the following action tracks: