Marine Conservation Background and Treats in Indonesia

Welcome to IOP (mission, vision and goals)

About Us

Founded in 2017, Indo Ocean Project is a non-profit and non-government organization registered in Indonesia. We have developed a unique marine research and conservation program in the heart of the coral triangle, training the next generation of dive professionals through our conservation divemaster internship program and faciliating independnet research through our.

Our field expeditions in Indonesia host both international and local research projects. We conduct ecological monitoring across three distinct regions of study. Our research focuses on vulnerable and targeted stock assessment fisheries, coral reef health assessment and restoration, mangrove reforestation, marine park management strategy and policy, and supporting individual research projects in collaboration with university institutions in Indonesia and abroad.

You do not need to be a scientist or a diver to join our project. Diversity makes us strong, and we are constantly seeking hard-working and passionate interns to take part in our comprehensive and award-winning program.

Mission Statements

  1. Conserving Indonesia’s marine environment through research, education, and collaboration.
  2. Training the highest quality dive professionals through our unique divemaster and research diver internship program.

Our Vision

At Indo Ocean Project, we envision a healthy and profitable marine ecosystem throughout the Republic of Indonesia to benefit the growing tourism industry and help protect the livelihoods of local coastal communities for generations.

With the help of our free open-access database, we contribute to local legislation, supporting data-driven marine policy. The laws in place to protect our reefs are based on scientific truths and are respected and enforced.

We see more fishing communities across Southeast Asia turning to eco-tourism business models and sustainable fishing practices. All local fishing practices adhere to Indonesian law and international policy.

There will be an increase in coral reef and mangrove populations along Indonesia’s vast coastline, contributing to a carbon-negative community in our areas of study.

How We Achieve Our Goals

  • Implementing non-invasive and sustainable methodologies in all research projects.
  • Training the next generation of ocean advocates, eco-conscious dive professionals, and marine biologists.Educating local communities and tourists about current conservation issues facing our oceans and what we can do to help.
  • Hosting international research projects and providing a platform for scientists to develop individual research initiatives.
  • Collaborating with universities, institutions, NGOs, and local communities to advance marine conservation efforts.
  • Facilitating the publication of research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Restoring Indonesia’s mangrove forests and coral reefs through cultivation, transplantation, and restoration assessments.
  • Sharing knowledge through regular reporting to inform science-driven marine policy and conservation strategies.
  • Exploring and conducting exciting and educational dives!