About The TerraMar Project

We stand by those who promote awareness, transparency
and responsibility for the high seas

MISSION

Our mission is to create a global ocean community to give a voice to the least protected, most ignored part of our planet - the high seas.

WHAT IS THE TERRAMAR PROJECT?  

The TerraMar Project is a nonprofit ocean organization dedicated to building a global community who will speak up for the ocean.  

We will use the power of our global community to conserve and protect the ocean. 

By signing  the pledge  and becoming an ocean citizen you are joining the world's first ocean community dedicated to giving a voice to the least talked about and most forgotten part of our planet.

One of our first priorities is helping to create an ocean-specific Sustainable Development Goal at the United Nations in 2014.
 

why the ocean?

The Ocean feeds billions of people, provides over half our oxygen, and creates the planet's weather.  
 

what is the problem? 

The ocean faces huge challenges – overfishing, marine debris, ocean warming, ocean acidification, pollution, and unsustainable development.

what does terramar provide?   

Solutions to the challenges.

An Ocean Sustainable Development goal will make  the ocean a priority, create new laws and governance to protect it

We provide the I Love the Ocean Pledge – instant citizenship to the world's first ocean community dedicated to sustainable management of the ocean. 

The Daily Catch – daily ocean news covering politics, science, environment, and adventure. 

A comprehensive Education platform, Friend a SpeciesClaim an Ocean Parcel , the Virtual Ocean Dive , and charity merchandise

WHY THE HIGH SEAS?

The high seas, also known as international waters or the global commons, make up 64% of the ocean covering a staggering 45% of the planet. We're giving this area of the planet a voice through you. We believe, like the Law of the Commons, the high seas belong to all of us.

WHERE ARE THE HIGH SEAS?

 

WHAT WE SUPPORT

An ocean-specific Sustainable Development Goal at the United Nations.

A proactive, empowered, and engaged global ocean community.

Sustainable fishing practices throughout global fisheries.

More and expanded Marine Protected Areas – areas of biodiversity and sensitivity that are off limits to extractive activities such as fishing and mining.

An effective system to track and monitor illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing vessels.

Extensive ocean science and research – less than 5% of the ocean has been explored.

Clean energy solutions and science-based methods to fight ocean acidification and warming.

A sharp reduction in marine debris, includes tracking and regulations around discarded fishing gear.

WHAT DOES BECOMING A CITIZEN OF TERRAMAR MEAN?

Your citizenship is a pledge - you are declaring that you love the ocean and want it to be managed sustainably for generations to come.

You will help encourage your family, friends and co-workers to learn more about our beautiful blue planet.

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MAKE A DONATION

Your generous donation(s) will support The TerraMar Project in the next phase of our web development. Educational programs, scientific research and NGO support will be the focus of our donations.

538 A.D.
Justinian proclaimed that air, water, and sea were the common property of all.

1609
Hugo de Groot argued for liberty of the sea. He said that the liberty of the sea was a key aspect in the communications amongst peoples and nations. No one country can monopolize control over the ocean because of its immensity and lack of stability and fixed limits.

1982
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) declared that the international seabed and its mineral resources are the common heritage of all mankind. UNCLOS governs all aspects of ocean space, including the delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. These rules include the obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment. 

The Public Trust Doctrine
Should this be a law of the sea? The Public Trust Doctrine vests the States with trust responsibility to ensure that the use of these resources promotes long-term sustainability and holds that the high seas and marine living resources, are held in a public trust, recognizing all citizens, present and future, as being beneficiaries of the public trust, with States as trustees and international bodies having the duty to monitor and oversee the public trust. And, if they abandon this fiduciary duty, the PTD empowers the citizen beneficiaries (or representatives thereof) to seek judicial remedy.

Ghislaine MAXWELL, Founder and President

Ghislaine Maxwell has a lifelong love and appreciation for the ocean. She is a successful businesswoman, holds a BA-MA from Oxford University, and is a helicopter, and deep worker submersible pilot and a certified EMT.

Rob Foos, Director of Development

Rob Foos holds a BS in Management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He was a collegiate rugby player, winning a national championship. He commanded a ship, served on three regional fishery management councils, and led fundraising efforts across the federal government in south Florida. Growing up on the water in California, he loves exploring everything ocean related and is looking forward to his next adventure on the high seas.

Inge Solheim, Polar Ambassador

Inge Solheim is the world’s foremost polar guide and explorer. He led Prince Harry and injured soldiers on expeditions to the North and South Poles. Inge has also produced and co-produced many television series featuring some of the world's most remote areas, witnessing firsthand the decline of the polar regions. A native Norwegian, he’s joining TerraMar to save the poles by bringing attention to the least explored part of the planet—the ocean.

Steven Haft

Steven Haft serves as Advisor at LiveLOOK, Inc. and serves as Chair of Allscreen Studios at Burson-Marsteller, LLC. As a producer, his productions have garnered 7 Oscar Nominations, 8 Emmy Nominations and a Peabody Award. He has served as Chief Strategy Officer of the interactive marketing group at AOL. He has a 15-year career in Politics, Law and Public Policy.

Amir Dossal

Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and was the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships. As Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, he managed the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner; and forged strategic alliances to address the Millennium Development Goals.

Stuart Beck

Stuart Beck is an American law practitioner and a diplomat for Palau. In 2003, he became Palau's first Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Stuart spearheaded United Nations initiatives including an effort to stop bottom trawling and shark finning. In August, 2013, he was appointed as Palau's first Ambassador to the Oceans and Seas, with a mandate to initiate essential change at the international level.

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