SeaKeepers Asia Chapter

SeaKeepers expanded into Asia in 2015 to increase understanding of marine environmental issues and promote meaningful change in ocean interaction.

Julian Chang, Board member and President of Asia, leads the SeaKeepers Asia team in expanding its international programming and creating locally relevant initiatives in cooperation with the region’s communities, academic experts and advisors, and the yachting community.

Under the SeaKeepers' DISCOVERY Yacht Program yacht owners are invited to support marine research and conservation by offering time on their vessels or participating in Citizen Science projects.

SeaKeepers Asia offers Educational Outreach, The Ocean Collective Summit, and Community Engagement projects such as coral and species protection, the Asia Awards, and ocean-related competitions.

At the core of our mission is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to saving the oceans by applying our motto: Research. Educate. Protect. Restore.

“Research. Educate.
Protect and Restore.”

Citizen Science Initiatives

Seabed 2030 Project

A collaborative global Citizen Science initiative to map the world’s oceans by 2030 by The Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). This information can help identify uncharted features such as seamounts and canyons, verify charted information and help fill the spaces on charts where no data exists. Find out if you can participate in our Seabed 2030 Program by clicking the button below.

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The Neuston Net Research Collective

This unique collective spans a wide range of research topics with one common theme: they all utilize Neuston Nets. Neuston Nets are fine mesh nets often towed behind boats to collect samples of neustonic organisms, algae, plastics, plankton, seawater, and more. Find out if you can participate in our project by clicking the button below.

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A Green Guide to Boating

As recreational boaters, you can adopt good boating practices that protect the ocean and reduce your carbon footprint. Proper handling, responsible vessel maintenance, good refueling, repair and storage habits preserve clean water and protect the animals that live in it, while keeping you and your families safe.

A Green Guide to Boating highlights the best practices for recreational boating and raising awareness on ocean sustainability and conservation. Download A Green Guide to Boating below.

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Programme Support

Through SeaKeepers Asia’s educational and community engagement efforts, the organization allows individuals to become a volunteer or join the internship program to support the programmatic activities.

Join our Volunteer and/or Internship Programme by submitting a form below. A SeaKeepers Asia representative will contact you shortly.

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In order to continue building efforts in Asia that create local awareness and commitment to protection, conservation, and restoration of the marine ecosystem, SeaKeepers Asia relies on the generosity of likeminded individuals and corporations.

Support SeaKeepers Asia’s efforts in Educational Outreach, Citizen Science, and Community Engagement by filling out the Sponsorship Support Form below.

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Asia Events

The Ocean Collective Summit 2023: Inspiring Innovative Ocean Solutions

Dedicated to marine conservation, The Ocean Collective Summit (TOCS) emerged as a beacon of inspiration during its two-day run in Singapore from 2nd - 3rd November 2023. Attended by a diverse group of participants, including representatives from the commercial sector, academia, undergraduate students, and marine conservation stewards, the event showcased a myriad of perspectives, solutions, and initiatives aimed at safeguarding our oceans.

Part of the Blue Water EduFest, TOCS featured key speakers, including Fabien Cousteau, Founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Centre and Proteus Ocean Group, and Jeremy McKane, CEO of OCN.ai. Notable participants also included Jamie McMichael Phillips, Director of the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project; Rena Lee, Singapore’s Ambassador for International Law; Zoe Ong, Senior Assistant Director at the Coastal Protection Department, PUB, The National Water Agency Singapore; Dr. Winston Chow, Co-Chair of the IPCC's Working Group II, and many more.

This year's conference placed a significant emphasis on technology and social innovation as driving forces for marine conservation solutions, recognizing their potential to address the critical challenges in protecting our oceans.

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Celebrating 25 Years of SeaKeepers

The SeaKeepers Asia Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by The International SeaKeepers Society in Asia, that highlights marine conservation and the need for collective efforts to protect our oceans.

It celebrates and recognizes individuals and organizations in marine conservation through the presentation of the SeaKeeper of the World Award and the Asia Achievement Award. The event also showcases the various initiatives and projects undertaken by SeaKeepers throughout the year.

Attended by diverse stakeholders, including SeaKeepers supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and those interested in marine conservation from corporate and academic sectors. The event is a great opportunity to network and build relationships with others who share the same passion and vision for the future of our oceans.

If you would like to learn more about the event, continue reading the Asia Dinner Press Release.

SeaKeepers Songwriting Competition

The International SeaKeepers Society Asia Gala Dinner was held to celebrate 25 years of SeaKeepers. Dinner Chairs, Julian Chang, President of SeaKeepers Asia, and his wife Sandra Chang hosted the event, drawing 160 esteemed guests to honor this achievement. Continue reading more about the SeaKeepers' Asia Gala, here.

2023 SeaKeepers Robotics Competition

SeaKeepers is hosting a global event dedicated to nurturing young minds in the realms of technology and marine conservation by combining robotics with passion for the ocean. Participants will design and build robots to tackle various ocean-related tasks, including garbage cleanup, underwater exploration, and marine ecosystem preservation. With the power of robotics, we believe we can collectively protect our blue planet and safeguard our shared ocean home. Register for the event, here.

SeaKeepers Asia Programme Highlights

The SeaKeepers Asia programming includes Educational Outreach and learning journeys based on our own designed lesson plans which bring attention to the importance of marine biodiversity and wildlife and to the threats that our oceans face.





Citizen science expeditions offer an opportunity for vessel owners to get involved in smaller-scale marine research initiatives. These expeditions do not require scientists to be aboard, but they permit vessel owners and crew to participate in ongoing research projects which depend on the participation of non-scientists within the community. One of our current projects supported by citizen scientists is the Seabed 2030 project.

Instrument Deployments

The International SeaKeepers Society works with a number of institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Argo to make ongoing oceanographic measurements. The collection of consistent and accurate data is extremely important for oil spill and marine debris accumulation analyses, weather and hurricane prediction models, quality control tests on satellites, and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. It is vital that the global instrument arrays are well distributed; private vessels can achieve this along routes that are not typically traveled. Currently, The International SeaKeepers Society employs the use of two types of devices — SeaKeepers Drifters and Argo Floats. These instruments have been designed to be scientifically productive and efficient while minimally invasive to the environment.

SeaKeepers has also partnered with Florida International University’s Global FinPrint, a Paul G. Allen initiative, which is conducting the first global survey of shark and ray populations with the use of baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys. SeaKeepers vessels can support the effort by deploying the BRUV rigs at coral reef locations around the world. Each rig is minimally invasive and includes an underwater camera and attached bait box. Marine organisms are attracted to the bait and are then filmed. Researchers review the footage to obtain important information about the populations of these globally threatened species, in order to drive shark and ray conservation through research and policy. Areas of particular interest include the Dry Tortugas, Indonesia, and French Polynesia.

SeaKeepers engage local communities through various initiatives, including yachting industry events, seminars, and beach clean-ups, as well as campaigns and projects that aim to protect and restore coral reefs and safeguard marine species. We also recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organizations through our annual Asia Awards and inspire newcomers to learn more about the oceans through competitions. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness and inspire action towards preserving the health and beauty of our oceans.

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Advisors Alliance Educational Outreach

July 2017

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Asean Lady Educational Outreach & Citizen Science

2016-2018 | 2019

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Dafne 11 Citizen Science

November 2019

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Eagle Wings 11 Educational Outreach

2019

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Halo Citizen Science

2018

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Illimite Citizen Science

2019

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Lady Jo Educational Outreach

July 2016

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Lady Olivia Educational Outreach

2017

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Luzerne Educational Outreach & Citizen Science

August 2018 | 2017 -2018

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Nymphaea Educational Outreach

August 2019

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Paraffin Educational Outreach & Citizen Science

June 2017 | May 2019

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Solita Citizen Science

2019

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Sun One Educational Outreach

August 2019

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The Admiral Educational Outreach

2017-2020

Become a DISCOVERY Yacht

SeaKeepers needs vessels to complete these projects. Get actively involved in ocean research and conservation today. If you’d like to be a DISCOVERY Yacht, please contact [email protected] or 786.924.6209.

Vessel Application

  • Online Lesson Plans

    We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new e-learning programs. The advent of online learning means that individuals who are interested can access course materials from anywhere, at any time, as long as they have an internet connection. Additionally, this will allow our educational outreach participants to supplement or enhance our traditional face-to-face learning sessions with added flexibility. With our e-learning programs, we aim to provide the same high-quality education that we offer in our face-to-face sessions, while also offering the convenience and flexibility of online learning. We will be releasing more information on our upcoming e-learning programs soon, so stay tuned!

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  • Join DISCOVERY Fleet

    SeaKeepers aims to enhance the value of yacht mobilization by engaging with them as they travel the seas. Our DISCOVERY Yacht Program is the foremost initiative in accomplishing our mission and goals. We actively seek out yacht owners to pool together resources by offering time on their vessels for our programming or by directly participating in various Citizen Science projects.

    Participation can vary, ranging from a 10-minute instrument deployment or to an afternoon educational outreach session with children. SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yacht Program vessels are recognized for their support and conservation efforts at SeaKeepers events, featured on the SeaKeepers website, and acknowledged in the SeaKeepers newsletter.

    We’re excited to collaborate with yacht owners and appreciate their contributions to our mission. Contact us to learn more about how you can participate in the DISCOVERY Yacht Program and support marine conservation.

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SeaKeepers Asia’s Conservation Strategy

Education & Outreach

Our primary focus is to introduce marine science and conservation to youth through The International SeaKeepers Society Asia Educational Outreach Programme. This outreach initiative is designed to provide immersive learning experiences and consists of two stages. The first stage involves sharing knowledge at schools, allowing for a wider dissemination of the programme's curriculum. The second stage entails inviting students aboard DISCOVERY Yachts, generously provided by our members, which are transformed into "Floating Classrooms". Here, students have the opportunity to participate in marine-based lessons led by experts from various scientific fields, creating a unique and hands-on educational experience.

Involvement through Citizen Science

Citizen Science projects present vessel owners with an opportunity to actively contribute to smaller-scale marine research initiatives in collaboration with our ongoing programme partners. These expeditions do not necessarily require the presence of scientists on board but instead allow vessel owners and crew to independently participate in activities such as providing a meaningful way for vessel owners to engage in marine research and conservation efforts. By involving citizens in marine conservation efforts, we can create a sense of ownership and responsibility towards the oceans, while also contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the preservation of marine ecosystems.

Support of Specific Projects

SeaKeepers partners with marine institutions, universities, NGOs, and marine science and oceanography experts to promote and facilitate specific projects. Collaboration is crucial in marine conservation as it combines resources, expertise, and knowledge for more effective and impactful initiatives. Collaborating with universities, NGOs, and marine science and oceanography experts brings diverse perspectives, skills, and experiences to the forefront, leading to innovative solutions for conservation challenges. Partnerships and networks formed through collaboration expand the reach and impact of marine conservation efforts, resulting in significant and sustainable outcomes for the health and preservation of our oceans.

Creating Awareness in the Community

SeaKeepers Asia is involved in various endeavours such as organizing scientific seminars, educational and community events, beach clean-ups, and yachting industry functions, all aimed at promoting awareness in the local communities about the need to conserve and protect the ocean for future generations. By raising awareness, attitudes and behaviours can be transformed, responsible usage of ocean resources can be encouraged, and support for marine conservation initiatives can be garnered from individuals, businesses, and governments.


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