About The TerraMar Project

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


Transform the way people think about the ocean and value the seas by developing a global, engaged and informed community of ocean lovers.


The TerraMar Project is a nonprofit ocean organization dedicated to building a global community built around our mutual love of the ocean and the need to protect and conserve the seas.  

We will use the power of our global community to be the voice that leads the clarion call for change on how we manage the ocean and the creatures that call it home.  

By getting your ocean passport and becoming an ocean citizen you are joining the world's fastest growing community dedicated to giving a voice to the least talked about and most forgotten part of our planet.

Building on our success at the United Nations creating an ocean-specific  Sustainable Development Goal , we are now focusing our efforts to combat plastic pollution in the ocean.

why the ocean?

The ocean feeds billions of people, provides over half our oxygen, and creates the planet's weather – but it’s in trouble.  

what are the problems? 

Overfishing, marine debris, ocean warming, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable development and one of the most preventable is plastic pollution - which is why TerraMar will focus on this area. 

8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, and that amount is predicted to double to about 17.5 million metric tons by 2025. Scientists also predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Plastic is Forever   

Every piece ever produced can still be found somewhere in the world. When it reaches the ocean, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Not only is it impossible to clean at this point, but millions of fish and birds mistake these microplastics for food. An example of the waste: we use and discard more than a trillion plastic bags a year, and nearly every bag winds up in a landfill or in the ocean.

What Is the Solution?   

The TerraMar Project is working with partners all over the world to prevent plastic entering the ocean by raising awareness about the risks of plastic pollution whilst educating on the impact of plastic waste and the alternatives to plastic use.

Stay tuned for announcements in 2017!

what does terramar provide?   

Solutions to the challenges.

We successfully fought for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal , making the ocean a priority in the United Nations’ post-2015 sustainable agenda. We are now focusing our expertise on plastic pollution.

We provide ocean passports – 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, Ambassadorships to Species , the ability to Claim an Ocean Parcel , and the opportunity to take a Virtual Dive in some of the most pristine coral reefs left on our planet.

i love the ocean


The high seas , also known as international waters or the global commons, make up 64% of the ocean and cover 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.




A global, engaged, and informed community of ocean lovers.

Innovative, legislative, technological and common sense measures to reduce the amount of plastic polluting our ocean to drive a sharp reduction in marine debris, which includes the tracking and regulation of discarded fishing gear.

Measures by the international community to meet and exceed the targets set forth in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Sustainable fishing practices throughout global fisheries.

Additional, expanded, and effectively enforced Marine Protected Areas – areas of great importance to biodiversity 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.


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.

Brian Yurasits, Director of Development

Brian Yurasits received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from New York University, and his M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy from Stony Brook University. He has conducted research on marine protected areas, and worked with the Global FinPrint Project helping survey the sharks and rays of the world's tropical reefs. Brian was a fisheries observer with NOAA, and was onboard commercial fishing vessels where he collected data on fisheries operations in the Northeast US. Brian hopes that his work will help turn the spot light onto the importance and value of the ocean and help keep it in a healthy state, so that future generations can ecperience all of the myriad of benefits the ocean has to offer.

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.



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