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.

Priority 1 Programs

Global

Stop Impending Tuna Extinction

Tuna are the most valuable species on Earth and are being fished to extinction — 5 of 8 tuna species are on the verge of collapse. Our program involves an investigation to expose overfishing, horrific by-catch, mercury contamination, corporate cover-ups, and illegal trade. We will use media, campaigns, and direct action to reduce consumer demand, while putting pressure on governments and industry to advance protections for tuna.

West Papua

Protect the Crown Jewel of Biodiversity

West Papua is home to more species of fish and coral than any other region on Earth. It is also where you find the world’s largest mangrove forest and second largest rainforest, critical carbon buffers to climate change. Yet, West Papua’s rich biodiversity remains under threat. As a result of significant successes nearby in Raja Ampat, we have an historic opportunity to set a new gold-standard for regional conservation.

Global

Scale Best Practice Ecotourism

Eco-resorts with attached marine-protected areas have proven a sustainable, market-based model for conservation. But the field is highly fragmented with little to no collaboration and high variance in program efficacy — and profitability. This project will determine the feasibility of and mechanisms for scaling the most successful ocean eco-resort models, and create the blueprint for replication.

Team

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, strategist, 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.

John Weller

Strategy, Media and Outreach

John is an economist, conservationist, and a critically acclaimed photographer and filmmaker. John co-founded the Last Ocean Project, an international movement to protect the Ross Sea, Antarctica, which resulted in the world’s first large-scale, international Marine Protected Area.

Richard Hallam

Expeditions Director

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.

Ann Davlin

Senior Advisor

Ann Davlin is a strategic consultant for fundraising and environmental policy, formerly serving as Director of Development at Carbon War Room. She advised Vice President Al Gore, and served in both the White House and the Department of Defense.

Candace Crespi

Campaigns Manager

Candace Crespi is a biologist and ocean conservationist, focused on building campaigns. Candace also serves as the Campaign Director for the Oceanic Preservation Society where she’s spearheaded the campaigns for films such as Blackfish, The Cove, and Racing Extinction.



Board

John Petry

Founder, Sessa Capital

Chip D'Angelo

Founder and CEO, WCD group

Chris Mazingo

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Leslie Morioka

Retired Partner, Pro Bono Leader, White & Case

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

James Donahue

Chief Strategist & Head of Business Development, Comedywire

Anurag Agrawal

Head of North America Portfolio Management, Global Transportation Group, J.P. Morgan Asset Management



Leadership Council

David Mayer de Rothschild

Founder, The Lost Explorer

Shaun Gordon

Founder & CEO, AGI Partners LLC

Sarah Feil

Business Development & Investor Relations Director, Tilden Park Capital Management

Todd Kanfer

Founder, Idea Press

Summerly Horning

Founder, Frank

Stefani Jung

Founder, Conscious Projects

Aarti Tandon

CEO, Citizen Eight LLC

Adam Rosenberg

Director of Business Development and Strategy, ShipHero

Ned Benson

Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer

Stavroula Georgallis

Director of Business Development, Point72 Asset Management

Expeditions

Blue Sphere runs three annual donor expeditions that enable ocean enthusiasts to experience our conservation work firsthand. Each expedition is a uniquely crafted, once-in-a-lifetime experience in breathtaking marine habitats, among some of the ocean’s most endangered and majestic species. Each trip is guided by award-winning conservationists and photographers, who document your journey in breathtaking detail.

A journey to Mexico home of whale Sharks, the gentle giants
July 26-30, 2018

Swimming with the Gentle Giants

Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula — Intimate encounters as you snorkel with the world’s largest aggregation of whale sharks.

A Journey to Tonga - Kingdom of the whales
August 30-September 8, 2018

A Journey to Tonga — Kingdom of the whales

Fetoko Island, a private island refuge in the Kingdom of Tonga — Escape to the South Pacific for a unique opportunity to swim alongside majestic humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves, finding shelter in the shallow coastal waters of Tonga.

A journey to the heart of marine biodiversity
April 12-21, 2018

A journey to the heart of marine biodiversity

Raja Ampat, Indonesia — A once-in-a-lifetime expedition exploring the world’s most biodiverse ocean environment aboard the luxurious, world-renowned Silolona Yacht.

Partners