Save Our Oceans,where life begins.

Blue Sphere Foundation works to safeguard the planet’s oceans, halting the destruction of threatened marine species and habitats. We go where there are urgent threats and critical resource gaps, and act quickly to establish the necessary groundwork for others to join in. We believe art and media are essential tools to spark curiosity and inspire action, and it is therefore an integral part of everything we do.

Our oceans are in immediate need of protection

Statistic

In 100 years, 50% of all species could be gone.

All commercial fisheries are predicted to collapse by 2048.

Oceans account for 71% of the planet, but less than 2% are protected.

We kill over 100 million sharks every year.

The world doesn't take action without a little help. We bring art and activism together to raise awareness and inspire action to keep our global marine environment healthy.

Action

We go to the frontlines where urgent action is needed providing immediate support, conducting investigations, and seeding the necessary infrastructure to promote long-term change.

Activism

We utilize media, storytelling and outreach to support policy-level change on a global, national, and local level, and execute campaigns to shift unsustainable consumption habits.

Art

We focus on connecting people with the beauty and vulnerability of marine life through photography, film, and multimedia projects.

Sample Projects

Action

The Lamakera Project

A community transition program aimed at more sustainable fishing practices and a vibrant tourist economy in Lamakera, Indonesia.

Activism

Mobula Rays

A project to expose the vulnerability of mobula rays and the extent they have been targeted, and present critical media to support the listing of all mobula species at CITES and ensure national protections.

Art

Racing Extinction

As one of the key contributors of this Emmy-nominated film, we present the world with a dramatic call-to-action, and support related initiatives to project change on to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and Vatican.

People

Shawn Heinrichs

Founder

Shawn Heinrichs was one of the lead activists and key contributors to the Oscar-nominated film Racing Extinction, one of the most watched documentaries in history. He is a marine conservationist, strategists, Emmy award winning cinematographer and photographer.

Denielle Sachs

Executive Director

Denielle Sachs is an impact strategist, organizational leader, and coalition builder who has spent the last two decades working on some of the world’s most pressing societal challenges. She is founder of The Tembo Group and previously served as the Director of Social Impact for McKinsey & Company.

Chip D'Angelo

Chairman

Chip D’Angelo is the Founder & CEO of WCD Group, an environmental risk management firm. Chip has been involved in all facets of marine and water pollution service, marine search and survey, SCUBA, environmental engineering and remediation for over 30 years. Having served as a wilderness and oceans survival instructor early in his career, and as an avid diver, he has always been a strong marine conservationist.

Richard Hallam

Advisor

Richard Hallam has years of experience working in Marine Conservation all over the world, including fish, turtle and coral reef monitoring. His work includes media production and philanthropic high-end travel. He is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and professional photographer.

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