Why We Do This

Covering more than 70% of the planet’s surface, the ocean is home to an enormous biodiversity of animals, plants and microorganisms.

It is the cooling system of our planet, a major carbon sink, is the source of more than half the oxygen we breathe, and is the primary source of protein for billions of people. And we have only explored about 20% of it.

We are passionate about the ocean and marine and coastal environments and active in supporting growth in ocean literacy across the community. A healthy understanding of the ocean and its processes will have a positive impact for the future health of our ocean, and in turn, the health of the planet and its people.

Our work supports the development of scientific knowledge, tools, and novel multidisciplinary solutions to help practically address the impacts of urbanisation and climate change and secure the future health of our coasts and oceans, their multiple benefits and the wellbeing of the people that work in and depend on them.

The declaration of the 2021 – 2030 United Nations Decade of Ocean Science and 2021 – 2030 United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration provides an important platform for the SIMS Foundation to leverage greater understanding and support towards ocean and marine science and research from donors and our networks in business, government, innovation, and investment groups.