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The Foundation pursues Project Related Investments (PRIs) that can provide a return of capital and a nominal investment return. We strongly prefer individual transactions backed by experienced management teams with a track record of success in their field of investment.

Areas of special interest include, but are not limited to: fisheries management, fishing rights and quotas, aquaculture, as well as ocean related media projects. The Foundation may invest up to $250,000 per PRI.


Recent PRIs include:

  • National Geographic Partners LLC – disbursed funds for production of a children’s sea book and a sea atlas by Sylvia Earle and National Geographic.

  • Catch Invest – commitment to loan facility to acquire a stake in the New England scallop fishing quota.

Photo: Dr. Richard Murphy

Lion Fish, invasive species damaging the reefs in the Caribbean 

Students visiting NAUTILUS

Photo: Dr. Richard Murphy

Divers surveying the reefs in the Southern Grenadines 

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