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Our Mission And Vision

A leading science foundation that conducts marine science research, training, and extension activities to manage and conserve the marine environment for a sustainable planet.

Our Values

Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, Teamwork,

Environmental Stewardship, A Passion for the Sea

Our Strategic Goals

MERF has the strategic goal of creating an internationally recognized research foundation in the marine sciences, tropical marine ecosystems management and biodiversity to serve as a major resource of real-world education, generating theoretical and methodological knowledge that is meant to be applied as well as communicated to the public. It aims to build capacity in new scientists, advocates, and practitioners, especially at the local level.


Specific Goals:

  • Promote knowledge uptake of marine sciences and sustainable marine ecosystems and biodiversity management research into the realms of protection and conservation, practice, and policy.

  • Advance the foundation’s mission by collaborating with stakeholders and organizations that have the opportunity and responsibility to improve marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

  • Ensure that our grantmaking programs are structured to support research that directly leads to a positive impact on marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

  • Identify and support promising experts, researchers, and organizations whose work encompasses principles of knowledge uptake.

  • Build networks and collaborations for innovative ideas related to the projects.

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