Oceans and Coasts
Point Blue’s work in ocean conservation—sustaining ocean food webs—is at the heart of our mission. And because the ocean is a shared public resource, our strategies to protect it are focused on stewardship.
We use seabirds and other wildlife, including krill, fish, whales and seals, as indicators of our oceans’ health. We work to foster appropriate uses and minimize or eliminate threats from people, recreation, rising sea levels and extreme storms in order to increase protection of ocean food webs.
Our work is broad, encompassing off shore and coastal zones as well as beach ecosystems. We cover issues ranging from restoring islands, monitoring wildlife, identifying hotspots of biodiversity, protecting and managing beaches, linking our data to fisheries management, contributing to shipping lane regulations, and other actions that support ocean conservation and coastal management.
A primary part of our onshore coastal work is Our Coast Our Future, a collaborative, user-driven project focused on giving coastal resource and land use managers and planners the maps and tools they need to anticipate coastal vulnerabilities due to sea-level rise and storms.
One of our most cherished projects is our work on the Farallon Islands. We’ve been studying wildlife on the Farallones since 1968, working to preserve the largest seabird breeding colony in the contiguous United States (over 300,000 seabirds of 13 species).
As in everything we do, our partners are integral to our work. We have longstanding and fruitful collaborations with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others who share our goal of conserving, protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of marine-protected areas.