NIMR's Mission Statement
Nelson Institute of Marine Research
Santa Barbara, California
Seaview's job is never finished. As long as there are destructive forces in the world, as long as there are secrets of nature to be probed, believe me, there will be work for us, on missions just as vital and as dangerous as this one.
Admiral Harriman Nelson.
Listen to Admiral Nelson
Realizing that 75% of the earth's surface is covered with water, we must strive to better educate ourselves and join forces to "Save our
Oceans" and protect the creatures within. In doing so, we will consequently save ourselves. The ocean plays a critical role in our everyday life and in the future of our
planet. We believe that as more people understand this and begin to appreciate
the earth as a water planet, they will take actions to conserve the ocean and the
life it supports.
Although NIMR takes on occasional jobs for the government, its primary mission is to develop and effectively
communicate a fundamental understanding of the
processes and characteristics governing how the
oceans function and how they interact with the Earth
as a whole.
The Nelson Institute Of Marine Research (NIMR) supports scientific research and educational programs that seek to elucidate and find solutions
to the critical problems facing the world's marine ecosystems. NIMR research programs are primarily aimed at
understanding and, ultimately, managing important marine species and ecosystems throughout the world's oceans. Our general goal is to be
a strong force in reversing the unchecked depletion of marine resources and the degradation of the oceans.
Specific goals of the Institute are:
- To provide facilities and support for scientific research on marine environments
- To provide a field laboratory for educational programs in all of the marine sciences.
- To develop technology and training for low cost aquatic food production around
- To study physical and ecological relationships on deep and shallow coral reef systems as well as other environments
- To establish principles of larval recruitment processes and fisheries oceanography
- To develop the scientific basis for rational habitat utilization through conservation and sound management principles
- To define ecological requirements of important species residing in the coastal areas around the world with specific emphasis on the California coast-the home of NIMR
- To support research and development of renewable and sustainable alternative energy sources