Open Access Tools

Free tools, databases, and general resources from the ocean tech community. Have one to add? Let us know.

General Resources Description
BristlemouthAn open standard delivering plug-and-play hardware interfaces for marine applications
Ocean VisionsRoadmaps for Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal
Urban Ocean Lab Resource HubHundreds of resources—from datasets to case studies—to inform policymaking in coastal cities
Free Range OceanA global directory of ocean citizen science projects
Innovation CatalogThe most inspiring solutions supported by Conservation X Labs
SynchroA co-design test bed to synchronize and evolve marine technology solutions for industry, ocean science, and conservation
Global Priority Areas for Ecosystem RestorationFrom 2020, a paper in Nature
SmartBayIreland’s national observation and validation facility for the marine and ocean energy sectors
The Blue Carbon ExplorerAn app that provides detailed maps to help governments evaluate the extent and health of mangroves and seagrasses
The Liquid GridResources to facilitate the transition to a sustainable ocean economy
PhyconomyNews and resources to understand the emerging seaweed industry
Regenerative Ocean Farming HubFree seed-to-sale training program, tools, community, and marketplace for seaweed farmers
Interactive Maps
ProtectedSeas NavigatorThe first global view of marine life protections
KelpwatchHosts the latest kelp distribution data for canopy-forming kelp species from Baja California, Mexico to the Oregon
Allen Coral AtlasMaps and monitors the world’s coral reefs to provide actionable data and a shared understanding of coastal ecosystems
Marine ManagerA technology portal that provides near-real time data to support the design and management of marine protected areas
SeaSketchA set of open-source tools for marine spatial planning
Important Shark and Ray AreasAn E-Atlas documenting important shark and ray areas globally
Fisheries Resources
Bycatch Solutions HubAn industry-led hub to reduce bycatch in fisheries
Illuminating Hidden HarvestsFrom 2023, a global study uncovering the contributions and impacts of small-scale fisheries
Seafood Alliance for Legality and TraceabilityExplore traceability, counter-illegal fishing, and social responsibility efforts
Transform Bottom TrawlingFisher testimonies map
Aquaculture Science HubAquaculture research, tools, and resources to help ensure the best outcomes for coastal communities and ecosystems
Funding Resources
Ocean Sensors FundMicrogrants supporting projects that advance the development and implementation of cutting-edge ocean sensor technologies
Waitt Foundation Rapid Ocean GrantsROC Grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to ocean conservation issues
Experiment FoundationMicrogrants to answer ocean science questions
Coastal Funding DatabaseA database of current funding opportunities that support coastal resilience programs and projects
Our Shared SeasFrom 2023, a landscape report on ocean funding
Urban Ocean LabGuidebook: Ocean Climate Funding for Coastal Cities

Marine Tech Partner Network

Browse the diverse group of past and present partners that make our network strong.

Stone AerospaceDeveloping the Sunfish, an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of exploring and mapping underwater environments.Austin, TX
Induced Polarization AssociatesDeveloping a portable in-water electrical detection technology for mapping water column and seabed contaminants.Seattle, WA
WiboticDeveloping wireless underwater power-transfer technology.Seattle, WA
The Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteEmploying a seafloor “biodome” system, FOCE, that is diver-deployable and enables manipulation of temperature, pH, and other parameters to enable previously impossible underwater studies.Panama City, Panama
Ocean DiagnosticsBuilding MantaRay, the first autonomous microplastic sampler It will work on multiple platforms and provide much needed data to illuminate a poorly understood issue in marine plastic pollution.Victoria, BC
Future Ocean Labs at MITBuilding an open-source family of very low-cost, low-power acoustic modems that allow low-bandwidth data transfer over intermediate and short distances.Cambridge, MA
The Jaffe LabDeveloping a smart underwater imaging telemeter (The SUIT) that enables permanent association of underwater video and photos with location and environmental data.San Diego, CA
Northeastern Environmental Sensors LabDeveloping low-cost, accurate nitrogen sensors to tackle one of the biggest challenges related to solving the problem of coastal nutrient pollution.Boston, MA
SIODeveloping techniques for three-dimensional mapping of reefs that track regional reef growth or declines, allowing researchers to discern key ecological patterns that inform management plans.San Diego, CA
SeatrecPowering new measurement capabilities and extended functional lifespans for oceanographic research equipment by harvesting renewable energy from beneath the sea through exploiting water column temperature gradients.Pasadena, CA
Oceanic LabsCreating mass-deployable tools for ocean monitoring, conservation, and industry. They are currently working on a nutrient sensor that can provide precise measurements even in turbid, rapidly-fouling coastal waters.Cambridge, MA
ORCAExperimenting with a low-cost pollution sensor that can help identify coastal waters most in need of further study with the group’s more elaborate Kilroy sensor packages. Their overall goal is to apply these technologies to the identification of key pollution sources.Fort Pierce, FL
WHOI Applied Ocean Physics and EngineeringDeveloping a portable low-power sensor capable of monitoring multiple dissolved gasses playing key roles in climate and marine ecosystem health.Woods Hole, MA
WHOI – Hansel LabsThe DISCO (diver-operated submersible chemiluminescent sensor) has been developed to measure oxygen radicals and other fleeting marine chemicals to measure in situ.Woods Hole, MA
University of WashingtonDeveloping a next generation salinity sensor – a small, low power, low cost, carbon nanotube powered sensor for oceanographic use, enabling ocean sensing on larger temporal and spatial scales.Seattle, WA
University of HaifaDeveloping Sea-Thru, a lidar-based platform to image real colors underwater in real-time, intended to work flexibly with consumer cameras under natural and artificial light.Haifa, Israel
CSIROMapping the flow of marine plastics throughout the world.Canberra, Australia
HohonuBuilding low-cost, open source sensors to measure a range of oceanographic parameters such as sea-level, temperature, conductivity, pressure, and pH.Honolulu, HI
Sofar OceanBuilds tethered underwater drones like the Trident, their underwater vehicle that opens countless new possibilities for ocean exploration.San Francisco, CA
OceanswellSri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organization.Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka
Marine Applied Research and ExplorationExplores and documents deepwater ecosystems with deep diving robotic submarines to assist in their conservation and management.Richmond, CA
Experiment Foundation’s Ocean Solutions FundSupport early-stage experiments, research, and technology development for ocean conservation.Seattle, WA
Purple Mai’aBorn out of a deep love for Hawai’i and a desire to help its people excel in technology and entrepreneurship. The Purple Prize is an annual technology challenge/accelerator where startup teams — led by and committed to Indigenous community values — work towards building and refining their businesses.O’ahu, HI
Ocean ExchangeAdvances the adoption of solutions in the field of sustainability through competitive grants to startups and collegiate awards.Fort Lauderdale, FL
AmbercycleAmbercycle regenerates end-of-life textiles into new materials for brands and manufacturers.Berkeley, CA
Eureka RecyclingNon-profit dedicated to zero waste by advancing a novel artificial intelligence vision system developed by AMP Robotics to monitor and sort plastic and other waste more efficiently.Twin Cities, MN
NovoLoopNovoloop is an emerging leader in plastic circularity, transforming post-consumer plastic waste into the world’s first chemically upcycled performance materials.San Jose, CA
Rozalia ProjectBuilding a microfiber catcher called the Cora that can be used in washing machines to prevent microfibers from reaching our waterways and the ocean.Granville, VT
CSIROGlobal plastic losses: Quantifying flows of plastic and other debris from land-based sources to the ocean. Australia
Sea Ranger ServiceTrains unemployed youth for jobs monitoring marine protected areas.Rotterdam, Netherlands