Marine Science Associations

Why is this Important?

  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

Marine Science Student Associations


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA provides timely and precise weather, water, and climate forecasts, as well as monitors the environment and examines changes in the oceans. Visit

National Marine Educators Association
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) is a dedicated, influential member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems  Visit

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
Independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, that undertakes the highest level of creative research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences. Visit

Marine Conservation Institute
Nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding life in the sea by advancing the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology. Visit

Ocean Institute
The Ocean Institute is nationally known for its award winning, hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. Students, families and the general public become tall ship sailors, research scientists, oceanographers, and explorers while immersed in Ocean Institute programs. Visit

Native Fish Society
Speaks for fish and the environments they depend upon for survival. Visit

Cambrian Foundation, The
Foundation focused on aquatic research, education, and shipwreck expeditions. Visit

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
The purposes of ASLO are to promote the interests of limnology, oceanography and related sciences, to foster the exchange of information across the range of aquatic science, and to further investigations dealing with these subjects. ASLO is best known for its journal, Limnology and Oceanography, its interdisciplinary meetings, and its special symposia. Visit

The Oceanography Society
Founded in 1988 to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field. Visit