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HomeDEMA Show CoverageSea of Change Now Offering Small Grants for Local Ocean Conservation Efforts

Sea of Change Now Offering Small Grants for Local Ocean Conservation Efforts stopped by for a chat with Sea of Change Foundation Director of Conservation and Outreach Samantha Whitcraft during DEMA Show 2018 to learn more about the organization, which during the show was selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, and rash guards to raise funds for the care and conservation of our oceans.

Their mission is to create positive change for the ocean by funding and initiating conservation activities all over the world. A new effort this year offers grants to support reef rescue and response projects at the community level. The one-page application is designed to be simple and efficient with a quick turnaround for disbursing anywhere between US$500 (~438 Euros) and $5,000 (~4,382 Euros). The money is meant to help mobilize local scuba communities so that they can respond quickly to problems that endanger their reefs, anything from anchor damage to oil spills.

The artwork on the shirts and rash guards for sale at DEMA were all designed by a member of the Sea of Change board and 100% of the proceeds go toward funding initiatives. Essentially, your purchase is a donation to ocean conservation.

Sea of Change also works with other organizations to help them make over their operations with an eye toward prioritizing sustainability and responsible ocean stewardship. One notable project, Green the Fleet, is a partnership with the Aggressor Fleet to help them nearly eliminate single-use plastics from their boats, and to continue innovating to be as eco-conscious as possible.

Take a look at some of the other initiatives they’ve sponsored on their page, and stop by the online shop if you’re interested in purchasing a shirt, rash guard, or other Sea of Change gear to help support worldwide reef health. If you don’t wear shirts or like hats but still want to help, consider donating here.

Whatever you choose, keep your eye on Sea of Change. It’s organizations like these that provide the practical solutions we need to protect the oceans we love.

Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with