Carl Safina’s “Beyond Words” Now Available

July 14, 2015: Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina weaves decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries in brain science that delivers enlightening insight into animal cognition in his landmark new book BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel.

The Safina Center Welcomes New Fellow, Dr. Ellen Prager: Author and Marine Scientist brings Earth and Ocean Science to all Ages

Stony Brook, NY, June 17, 2014: The Safina Center’s Fellows Program has expanded to include a new Fellow: author and marine scientist, Dr. Ellen Prager. Prager is widely recognized for her expertise and ability to make science entertaining and understandable for people of all ages. She has built a national reputation as a scientist and spokesperson on earth and ocean science issues and is a sought-after speaker for public-oriented events and as an expert by the media.

Whole Foods Market® and leading scientific organizations simplify seafood sustainability ratings, increase opportunities for research

AUSTIN, Texas (June 2, 2014) – Brought together through four years of partnership with Whole Foods Market, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program and The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) will now use Monterey Bay Aquarium’s science-based criteria and methodology for rating the sustainability of wild-caught seafood, offering consumers consistent recommendations from trustworthy nonprofit conservation organizations.

Blue Ocean Institute Has Changed its Name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University

STONY BROOK, NY, May 29, 2014 – Blue Ocean Institute, established in 2003 by conservation pioneer Dr. Carl Safina, has changed its name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University to Host Earth Day Tweet-Up Honoring Three Indianapolis Prize Finalists

STONY BROOK, NY, April 11, 2014 – On Earth Day—Tuesday, April 22—the Stony Brook campus community, and the global twitter-verse are invited to meet and tweet – virtually and in person – with Stony Brook University’s three Indianapolis Prize finalists: Russell A. Mittermeier; Carl Safina; and, Patricia C. Wright, during the University’s first ever “Tweet-Up” – an official event of the 2014 Earthstock celebration.

Carl Safina Named a Finalist for 2014 Indianapolis Prize

INDIANAPOLIS — Carl Safina, Ph.D., is one of six exceptional conservationists advancing as a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Selected from a group of 39 nominees, Safina is in the running for $250,000 along with Joel Berger, Ph.D.; Gerardo Ceballos, Ph.D.; Carl Jones, Ph.D.; Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D.; and Patricia C. Wright, Ph.D. These heroes were nominated and named finalists for their outstanding achievements on behalf of the world’s most endangered species.

Carl Safina is Lead Scientist for GYRE Expedition, Southwest Alaska

On June 7, an international team of scientists, artists and educators will launch an expedition to study the global marine debris crisis from one of the most breathtaking places on the planet: southwest Alaska. The Gyre project is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center, in partnership with several national and Alaska-based organizations.


Three new Blue Ocean Fellows will join Carl Safina, founding president of Blue Ocean Institute, to bring new, innovative perspectives. The Fellows are shark biologists Debra Abercrombie and Dr. Demian Chapman, and New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg.

Lazy Point Wins Orion Book of Year Award — May 2012

The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, written by Carl Safina, has been named winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award. More

1st Annual Saving the Oceans Photo Contest — Apr 2012


Be Happy — Jan 2012

From coast to coast, eight North American ocean conservation organizations have teamed up to launch Be Happy. More

Blue Ocean E Newsletter — Jan 2012


Recovery & Hope: Letter from Carl Safina — Dec 2011

On a recent expedition to the Sub-Antarctic–ringed by high, wind-bitten slopes and in the exquisite company of penguins, albatrosses and seals–I felt my faith in nature’s resilience renewed. More

Blue Ocean E Newsletter — Nov 2011


Carl Safina Proposes a Merger at Annual Gala — Oct 2011

Continuing where he left off with his critically acclaimed book A View From Lazy Point, Carl Safina, founder of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, asked a rapt audience at the Institute’s annual gala last night to merge knowledge and commitment to stabilize a rapidly overheating planet and a changing ocean. More

Blue Ocean Earth Day Message — Apr 2011


Carl Safina Releases New Book: A Sea in Flames — Apr 2011

New book deconstructs the causes and exposes the ecological impacts of 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. More

Sustainable Seafood E Newsletter — Apr 2011

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) issued their most recent report regarding global fish consumption. More

Blue Ocean Publishes Hibernal Sea Stories — Jan 2011


Carl Safina Releases New Book: The View From Lazy Point — Jan 2011

Carl Safina’s fifth book, The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World is now available everywhere. More

Carl’s Adventures

Explore a different theme in each edition of our Blue Ocean Newsletter. Founding president, Carl Safina and his work are the focus for this issue.
Dive in to learn more about his new books, travels, blogs and TV series.

Support Bluefin Tuna

Thank the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for taking a step in the right direction but ask them to go further! Surface longlines used to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna also catch and kill hundreds of spawning Western Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico every year. To protect these severely depleted fish in their only known spawning area in the Western Atlantic, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) just proposed that Gulf surface longline fishermen use an experimental hook that could reduce the incidental catch of bluefin. This action is a step in the right direction, but it is not a strong, long-term solution.

Conservation Groups Support Kimberly Protection from Gas Hub

Global Conservation Groups Support Kimberley Protection from Gas Hub in Australia: Twenty-five groups representing millions of people oppose destruction of sea turtle, whale and seabird habitat by oil companies.

Supporters, Donors, and Ocean Enthusiasts Make Blue Ocean’s 2010 Benefit a Success

About 250 ocean enthusiasts gathered in New York City on November 9, to honor the Gulf of Mexico and celebrate the Centennial of Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau. Blue Ocean Institute founder and president, Dr. Carl Safina, and Capt. Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien Cousteau, provided hope and inspiration to the crowd.

Whole Foods Market® Partners with Blue Ocean Institute to Offer Sustainable Seafood Choices

In a partnership with Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium, Whole Foods Market launched the first in-store, color-coded sustainability rating program for wild-caught seafood.

Carl Safina Wins Sylvia Earle Award

MONTEREY, CA, August 3, 2010 –/WORLD-WIRE/– BLUE Ocean Film Festival, presented by Monterey Bay Aquarium August 24-29 in Monterey, CA, today named environmentalist Dr. Carl Safina the recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Earle Award.

Blue Ocean Institute Partners with Brancott Vineyards on Sustainable Seafood

Blue Ocean Institute & Brancott® Vineyards partner to create iPhone application for sustainable seafood pairings.

Carl Safina Named Finalist for the 2010 Indianapolis Prize

Because of his work to restore marine populations and inspire change, Blue Ocean Institute’s President & Co-Founder Dr. Carl Safina, is a contender for one of the most prestigious awards for animal conservation – the $100,000 Indianapolis Prize!

Blue Ocean Institute Launches Sustainable Seafood Project

Chefs Collaborative and Blue Ocean Institute launch a sustainable seafood project designed for chefs. The Green Chefs, Blue Ocean (GC/BO) project enables chefs and culinary students to purchase, prepare, and promote sustainable seafood choices.

December 23, 2009

Atlantis Marine World Aquarium and Partner, Blue Ocean Institute, Recommend Ocean-friendly Choices in Time for Holiday Menu Planning

October 7, 2009

Blue Ocean President and Co-founder, Carl Safina, is one of 29 conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

July 8, 2009

Blue Ocean Institute & Lindblad Expeditions Award Second Annual Kalpana Chawla Ocean Journey Scholarship!

June 25, 2009

Blue Ocean Institute announces renowned chef and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver as new Blue Ocean Institute Fellow.

May 29, 2009

A multi-national group of Long Island high school students immersed themselves in Ocean Science Literacy while learning English!

October 22, 2008

Blue Ocean’s New Sushi Guide to Debut October 22, 2008!

October 1, 2008

Blue Ocean Institute Honors Three “Ocean Giants” for Conservation Achievements, Oct. 1, 2008.

May 23, 2008

Science Students from Ohio and Florida Named Winners of Kalpana Chawla Ocean Journey Scholarship, May 23, 2008.

May 8, 2008

Blue Ocean and Conservation Groups Help Companies Take Action to Ensure a Sustainable Seafood Supply and Protect the World’s Ocean, May 8, 2008.

May 1, 2008

Workshop Builds Bridges Between Science and Faith Leaders, May 1, 2008.

January 16, 2008

Blue Ocean Institute Partners with SBU School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for Ocean Protection, January 16, 2008

October 2, 2007

Blue Ocean Institute Introduces User Friendly Mobile Technology, October 2, 2007.

September 18, 2007

Boaters, Anglers, Conservationists, Retailers, and Restaurants Launch Campaign to Protect the World’s Fish Populations, September 18, 2007.

April 23, 2007

Carl Safina Wins 2007 Rock the Earth Planet Defender Award, April 23, 2007.

February 6, 2006

Carl Safina to Receive the George B. Rabb Conservation Award, February 6, 2006.

August 12, 2005

Blue Ocean Releases a New Seafood MiniGuide with Contaminants Information, August 12, 2005.

July 26, 2005

Art Sale and Auction to Benefit Blue Ocean Institute, July 26, 2005.

August 2, 2004

Guide Gives Fishermen Advice on How to Catch Fish not Turtles, August 2, 2004.

July 24, 2003

New Organization Promotes a Sea Ethic and Motivates Consumers to Envision Healthy Oceans, July 24, 2003.