Our Seas Our Future (OSOF) aims to protect New Zealand’s coastal and marine ecosystems through advocacy, education, and environmental stewardship, ensuring that they are managed sustainably and protected for future generations.
OSOF is a non-profit marine conservation organisation based in Aotearoa/New Zealand. With branches in Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland, OSOF currently operates as a volunteer-driven initiative, focusing on coastal and marine conservation, environmental education, and community engagement projects.
The idea that gave rise to the OSOF initiative still drives us today; we are all stewards of our marine environment, and how we treat this environment now will shape the world we are living in tomorrow; the health of our seas is intertwined with our future.
Late 2011 to Mid 2016…
Founded in 2011, OSOF started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of the marine environment and to engage the online community to learn more about their marine ‘backyard’. In 2012, OSOF established a Dunedin branch and started running coastal clean-up events to engage with local communities to take care of their coastal and marine environment, and these events became the first of the OSOF core projects. From 2013, additional projects were added to the OSOF initiative, with involvement in coastal and marine related policy submissions, digital content creation, and the establishment of community-based environmental education projects. In 2014, OSOF established a branch in the Auckland region with a focus on environmental education outreach within schools and community groups, and soon after, in 2015, the Wellington branch was established.
Mid 2016 to Present…
In mid 2016, OSOF was incorporated as the Our Seas Our Future Charitable Trust Board, and soon after registered as the Our Seas Our Future Charitable Trust.
Today our projects are varied and focus on both online campaigns and local community-based events. These projects are led by expert volunteers who are trained in environmental education and science. OSOF’s current project structure covers our core projects, digital campaigns, and collaborative projects. See our projects and team to find out more about what we do, who we are, and how you can become involved in the OSOF initiative.