Established in collaboration with the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA), the Neptune Fund provides reliable, long-term support to locally-led ocean conservation.
The ocean is home to nearly 80% of life on Earth. It stores 16 times as much carbon as terrestrial ecosystems, and billions of people globally rely on it for sustenance. Yet the ocean is in crisis: climate change, rampant overfishing, long-term pollution, and emergent extractive industries are driving key ocean systems to the brink of collapse.
Today, funding for ocean conservation skews heavily towards large international conservation organisations and grant recipients in North America. However, supporting locally-led work is one of the most effective and equitable ways to achieve conservation goals. This is especially true when funding is directed to the many communities which maintain deep connections to their local oceans.
The Neptune Fund supports targeted conservation action for some of the most threatened and overlooked marine species and ecosystems. It also funds organisations amplifying the knowledge, culture, and experience of local communities and Indigenous Peoples in ocean conservation and fisheries management.