The health of our oceans and natural coastal systems is essential.
Florida’s iconic coastal scenery is what many people envision when they think of the state -- gorgeous beaches, beautiful blue waters, mangrove forests, wildlife, and recreation. Residents and visitors cherish Florida’s coasts and oceans. Our 1,200 miles of coastline are far more than beautiful playgrounds -- Florida’s coasts include some of the world’s most productive reefs, bays, and estuaries that support plant and animal diversity, and contribute nearly $562 billion each year to our economy. Yep, that's billions.
Keeping our oceans and coasts healthy is a critical part of our work here and around the world. The oceans are a support system that sustain us – providing half of the oxygen we breathe.
We’re working to balance ocean conservation with the needs of people, and reduce threats to our communities and nature along our shores, including loss of coastal habitat, pollution, overfishing, and impacts from climate change including flooding, erosion and rising, warmer more acidic seas.
To help us meet these challenges and turn the tide, we need your support. Will you make a safe and secure online gift today?
OUR FOCUS ON OCEANS AND COASTS
Our Blowing Rocks Preserve, with its ancient limestone rock formation along the Atlantic Ocean is one of nature’s gems, inspiring our commitment to marine conservation in Florida starting in 1969. Since then, we’ve helped to protect nearly 30 thousand acres of shoreline just along our Gulf Coast, from the Keys to the panhandle. Science and research provide a solid foundation for our work, informing which areas need protection or restoration to maintain functioning natural systems.
With more shoreline than any state in the contiguous U.S. and growing populations in our coastal cities, Florida’s economy, health and quality of life are tightly linked to the health of our ocean and coasts. Natural features like sand dunes, marshes, oyster reefs, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves, provide many benefits – they help absorb wave action and storm surge to reduce flooding, they support our economy and provide opportunities for recreation, offer habitat and nurseries for coastal wildlife, and even purify our water. The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and restoring natural habitats along our coasts, implementing nature-based solutions to help minimize risk to coastal communities while boosting economic livelihoods that depend on our oceans.
The health of our oceans and coastal systems is essential to our economy and our future. The stakes are high. Everyone who needs or loves the ocean has a role to play. That’s all of us!
Won’t you join us? We’re grateful for your support!
Oceans and Coasts
Learn about our work supporting natural systems along our coasts, reducing risks to coastal communities from storms and sea level rise, and providing healthy ecosystems for wildlife.
Learn how the pioneering marine biologist is sharing her passion for coastal and ocean conservation.
Could a byproduct of chip manufacturing be the next big thing in coastal conservation?
Our vision for a vigorous Gulf Coast of Florida in action.
Restoring oysters by laying "oyster mats"
Oyster reefs can help protect this important shoreline and provide valuable habitat.
Explore Southern solutions for a global problem.
Florida's Coral Reefs
Restoring sponge populations that have been damaged by harmful algal blooms.
The Conservancy leads an effort to make Florida's coral reefs healthier!
Research finds less bleaching, more disease in Florida's reef
The Nature Conservancy and its partners are literally nursing coral reefs back to health in an attempt to restore this vital marine habitat.
Natural structures like oyster reefs, mangrove stands and marshes help protect Florida's coastline.
The Conservancy provides tools to see the effects of sea level rise and storm surge.
A collaborative publication showing how nature-based projects can mitigate the effects of flooding and erosion in southeast Florida.
Oceans provide food and livelihoods for millions, medicines to treat disease and support thriving coastal economies.