Save our reefs, save our oceans

“It is shocking that more than 50% of LA County students have never put their toes in the ocean, many do not know how to swim and know little about marine life.” ~Dr. Gregor Hodgson, Founder & Executive Director of Reef Check Foundation

In 2016, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, Reef Check Foundation and the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) announced the pilot season of a collaborative partnership to engage youth in marine conservation through a highly interactive Student Ocean Scientist Program (SOS). SOS, which normally abbreviates “Save Our Souls” reflects the urgent need to address threats to marine life locally and globally, and is designed to raise awareness about the value of ocean resources, threats to ocean health and solutions to those problems.

Students are able to become Marine Biologists “for the day” and learn about California marine ecosystems, oceanography of waves and currents, and ocean conservation while sailing on a brigantine similar to those used by 19th century pirates.

It is our hope that the students who partake in this program will build an emotional connection with the ocean and become ocean ambassadors in their schools and communities.