Who We Are

Co-Founders Dianna Schulte and Jen Kennedy

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.

While to many, the ocean appears clean and blue, especially at a distance, problems lurk in the form of marine debris such as plastics and “ghost” fishing gear, litter on the beaches, and a public that depends largely on the use of disposable products. In addition, the Jeffreys Ledge region, located just 20 miles off the NH/MA coast, supports a wealth of marine life, yet is a relatively understudied area.

Blue Ocean Society was founded in 2001 by two whale watch naturalists, Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, who were frustrated with the lack of translation of open ocean research into information that could be used by the public. We strive to learn more about the Gulf of Maine, and particularly an important habitat called Jeffreys Ledge, and then bring our research to the public through a variety of outreach programs. We hope by sharing information with the public and resource managers, more people will be inspired to learn more about the marine environment and help protect it.

Long-term studies on marine mammals such as endangered whales allow us to learn about whale behavior, population health, and preferred habitat, and promote activities that will help increase whale populations and overall ocean health. Blue Ocean Society fulfills a critical role in designing, implementing and effectively managing and overseeing projects that benefit living marine resources.