Sea to Shore Alliance, through research, education, and conservation, works to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them.
Robust, self-sustaining populations of endangered marine animals and a healthy habitat in which to thrive.
What We Do
Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. We focus on the conservation of flagship species, such as manatees, sea turtles, and right whales, to ensure greater protection for the species themselves and for the sensitive habitats these animals rely on around the world. Sea to Shore Alliance biologists and ecologists combine passion for their work with technical expertise to conduct rigorous scientific research, share their knowledge with managers to ensure adequate protection for endangered species, educate the public and conserve our coastal environments for the benefit of both people and animals.
Why We Do This
As responsible stewards of our planet we recognize that endangered and threatened species and habitats have intrinsic value in our world, and thriving and healthy ecosystems are linked to the health and well-being of humans. By focusing on the conservation of keystone marine species, Sea to Shore Alliance is able to garner protection for the larger habitats in which they reside. Healthy waterways benefit coastal communities ecologically, economically, and physically. Our work far surpasses single species conservation. Through our victories in conserving key flagship species, we are safeguarding coastal habitats and ultimately human livelihoods and health.
After 40 years of marine mammal experience, Dr. James “Buddy” Powell founded Sea to Shore Alliance in 2008 with a group of like-minded experts and advisers to forge a new approach to coastal conservation. Sea to Shore Alliance, a Florida-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, employs a two-tiered approach to conservation — scientific research and public education. Our science is applied not only to the benefit of endangered species and their imperiled habitats, but also for the people who depend on those coastal resources for their livelihoods and recreation. Each of our projects incorporates public outreach to bring our scientists together with local stakeholders to shape conservation initiatives, protections, and policies to address the welfare, interests, and survival of all.