Our Story

SOA is an organization based in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Francisco led by Daniela V. Fernandez and her dream team. Daniela was named 2019’s Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action.

In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Number 14, established during the Paris Agreement to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development, SOA creates solutions to the ocean’s largest threats through our two programs:

Why Protect Our Ocean?

The ocean…

  • Produces 50% of our oxygen
  • Is the primary source of food for 3.5 billion people
  • Controls global weather patterns
  • Contributes an estimated $24 trillion to the global economy each year through ecosystem services
  • Absorbs 30% of all carbon dioxide we produce

All of this is currently threatened by marine pollution, ocean acidification, unsustainable fishing and habitat destruction.

Heroic efforts are necessary to save the world from catastrophic climate change.

The difference between 1.5℃ versus 2℃ of global warming means at least 10-30% of our coral reefs will survive, and sea level rise will be 10 cm less, mitigating coastal flooding and displacement for millions of people around the world.

We have 12 years to reduce greenhouse gases by 45% (2018 IPCC Report).

The ocean is humanity’s biggest gift that keeps on giving
if we can only preserve it.

Our Vision

Sustainable Ocean Alliance empowers the next generation to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean.

We believe that by providing young leaders with education, resources and opportunities, they will create measurable impact on our ocean and become integral forces of change.

Download SOA’s Inaugural State of the Ocean Report that assesses the health of our ocean, based on the analysis of SOA Ocean Leaders and ocean experts.

Our Impact

Built the World’s Largest Network of Impact-driven Young Ocean Leaders

Active in 80+ Countries

Supporting 1,000+ Ocean Impact Projects Globally

Accelerated 5 Ocean-Tech Startups