Friends of Ocean Action

Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of over 70 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.

Our mission

The mission of Friends of Ocean Action is to use our knowledge, means and influence to help the international community take the urgent steps needed to “conserve and sustainably use our ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 for life below water


Peter Thomson

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Isabella Lövin

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

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.

Taking action

Working alongside the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy that brings the political will of 16 heads of government, our aim is to drive action and transformative, high-impact and scaleable initiatives for ocean health by 2030. Our work falls into the following impact pillars:

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

Up to 50% of the Earth's oxygen comes from marine life.

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

If the ocean were 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.