Oceans are the cornerstone of life on our planet.

Photo Credit: George Spiby

With more ocean than land, and surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, South Africa is home to some of the most productive and diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

Why does it matter?

Oceans cover more than two thirds of our planet’s surface, produce 70% of our oxygen and are responsible for driving the weather. Oceans are also a critical source of food. Every year they feed over a billion people and it is estimated that between 10% and 12% of the world’s population relies on fishing and fishing-related activities for their livelihoods.

Did you know?

Over 12 000 species are known to be present in our waters, and almost a third of these species is found nowhere else on earth.

Photo Credit: Thomas Peschak


We are working towards creating healthy and resilient oceans that support abundant biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and thriving economies. To achieve this vision we fund projects and work that ensures engagement with governments, businesses and civil society to develop an integrated approach towards how we look after our oceans – an approach that recognises the importance of both ocean stewardship and sustainable fisheries in creating a world where we live in harmony with the sea.

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