The Foundation

To look at the planet's sustainability from the ocean’s point of view.

Our Vision

A healthy ocean is essential for human development.

Our Mission

Contribute to a healthy and productive ocean to the benefit of our planet.

Why we care for the ocean?

We are committed to contribute to a vision: that healthy oceans can coexist with human development.

It provides oxygen to the planet, regulates the weather and mitigates global warming by absorbing CO2 and heat from the atmosphere.

Greatly contributes to the world economy offshore (energy, shipping for international trade and food supplier for a growing population).

Our Dedication

In order to gain its space globally, the Oceano Azul Foundation has chosen a strong idea based on its motto ‘From the ocean’s point of view’, and transformed into three axes of action. Jointly they will promote, knowledge, democratization, change of behaviors, enlarged governance, innovative blue economy, sustainable uses, preservation, protection, engagement, awareness and education.

Ocean Literacy

Prepare a blue generation through educational programs for school children and increase public awareness on the challenge of ocean sustainability, aiming at giving a voice to the ocean.

Ocean Conservation

Protect, value and promote our blue natural capital, supporting marine protected areas and other sustainable uses of the ocean.

Capacity Building

Promote integrated ocean governance, based upon ethical values and rooted in scientific knowledge; support an environment-friendly, innovative blue economy.

Some of Our Initiatives

Campaign “If it doesn’t go in the bin it goes in the sea”
Ocean Literacy
Campaign “If it doesn’t go in the bin it goes in the sea”

A joint initiative by Oceano Azul Foundation and Oceanário de Lisboa

Oceans’ Conservation Fund
Ocean Conservation
Oceans’ Conservation Fund

A joint initiative by Oceano Azul Foundation and Oceanário de Lisboa

Marine Protected Areas
Ocean Conservation
Marine Protected Areas

Increase the number of MPAs in the ocean.

Our Values


for nature, marine life and the planet.

with future generations, who should be entitled to benefit from the ocean’s natural capital.

and scientific research to support decision-making.

to ensure higher levels of development through sustainable uses of the ocean.

and critical thinking focused on solutions (problem solving approach).

in cooperation and networking.

on working relationships, management processes and ocean stewardship.

Global Outreach

Act as a catalyst to raise the role of Portugal as an ocean country that protects its blue natural capital and promotes the sustainable development of the ocean through an engaged society.

Focus on capacity building activities for a new ocean governance within Europe.

Transatlantic cooperation involving north and south America and countries in Africa.

Become a renowned partner at the global level, promoting ocean conservation and sustainability programs in cooperation with public and private institutions (e.g. UN, NGOs and other Foundations), including Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Our Numbers


People reached annually through Oceanário de Lisboa


Children aged 5 to 9 targeted by the Oceano Azul Foundation to be educated in Portugal on ocean sustainability


Minimum current annual funding


Delivered to the Portuguese Government in the acquisition of Oceanário de Lisboa,
the key asset of Oceano Azul Foundation, 
as well as committed by the Founder in the Oceano Azul Foundation

* Plus the results of Oceanário de Lisboa over the next 30 years (est. 2.5M€ per year)


Working together to leave our children a more sustainable world.