The Ocean Project is unique in many ways. Formed by senior representatives of several aquariums and conservation organizations in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project’s advisors include some of the most well-respected thinkers and doers in the aquarium, zoo, and conservation communities, as well as incredibly talented young people from around the world.
Our World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council is helping develop the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, especially by engaging youth, the media, and decision-makers. Advisors support The Ocean Project team in various aspects related to our strategic direction and key initiatives.
Chris Andrews, Ph.D.
Head, Merlin Animal Welfare and Development – US
SEA LIFE Aquariums
Paul J. Boyle, Ph.D., Co-Founder
James M. Hekkers, Co-Founder
Judy Mann-Lang, Ph.D.
South African Association for Marine Biological Research
John Nightingale, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Former CEO & President
Founder and Director
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Kathy Sher, Co-Founder
Deputy Director of External Affairs
Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation
Vikki N. Spruill, Co-Founder
President & CEO
New England Aquarium
Greg Stone, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans
Chairperson and Co-Founder
Big Blue & You
The Ocean Foundation, based in Washington, DC, serves as the fiscal sponsor for The Ocean Project
World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council
Meet our key youth advisors on the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council!