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Acadia's Partners in Conservation

MCM Newport


MCM yacht management is recognized as a leading group of talented and knowledgeable marine industry experts, who understand that the best results stem from building a team comprising of the management company, the captain, crew - and the owner.
No two yachts have identical requirements and each presents a unique opportunity for MCM yacht management to showcase our expertise.
We are responsive, innovative and resourceful in the way that we react to ever-changing situations on board and our clients’ needs.
MCM’s depth of experience, track-record and reputation for honesty, integrity and transparency allow our clients to rest-assured that whilst we seamlessly manage the day-to-day and long-term needs and attendant issues that surround Yacht Management, they can enjoy their yacht ownership and valuable time onboard.


The Ocean Foundation

As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation’s 501(c)(3) mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We focus our collective expertise on emerging threats in order to generate cutting edge solutions and better strategies for implementationThe Ocean Foundation uses a well-established business model, the community foundation, to serve donors and partners who are passionate about the future of our coasts and ocean. This model enables The Ocean Foundation to increase the capacity of conservation organizations, host various projects and funds, and effectively connect regional and community-based non-profits with the support that they need. By raising millions of dollars each year from individuals, corporate donors, private foundations, and governments, we succeed in promoting healthy ocean ecosystems that benefit the human communities depending on them.

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Vision of CariMar’s multi-national coordination mechanism serves to build a healthy, productive, and climate-resilient Caribbean eco-region, sustaining rich biodiversity and coastal communities with high standards of living where innovative blue economy activities are competitive and sustainable.
Mission CariMar strengthens and advances regional co-operation and technical and financial capacity in all aspects of coastal and marine sciences, including socio-economic sciences, while supporting sustainable policy and management of the unique cultural and ecological resources of the Caribbean region.


Institute of Tropical Ecology & Conservation

To provide study abroad, tropical field educational and research experience to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, provide facilities for long-term biological research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, operate programs for the conservation of terrestrial and marine resources and to serve the local community by establishing educational programs and workshops on environmental awareness and resource conservation.

To create, through experiential learning, individuals who are not only better prepared to meet the challenges of their academic careers but who also have increased awareness of their relationship to the environment.  Our hope is that these assets will translate into individuals capable of making informed and meaningful decisions that will positively affect the future of our planet.

Galapagos Marine Research & Exploration

GMaRE is a joint research group integrated by members of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos CDF, an international not-for-profit scientific organization, and Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral ESPOL , a top ranked University in Ecuador.

The focus of the joint research group is the understanding of the Galapagos marine ecosystems to support its conservation.

Aims to conduct research of excellence to allow appropriate, knowledge based, decision making that ensures long term conservation.

It has a strong focus on the formation of young scientist and professionals to ensure the future preservation of Galapagos and the further development of ocean sciences.


Keith Ellenbogen 

KEITH ELLENBOGEN is an acclaimed underwater photographer with a focus on environmental conservation. Through Keith’s photography, he seeks to evoke a sense of discovery and create intimate, personal connections to inspire positive social change and a global understanding of the world around us.

Current affiliations include:

• Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY/The Fashion Institute of Technology

• Visiting Scholar/Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sea Grant

• Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award
• Senior Fellow, International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)

• Affiliate Partner, Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle Alliance

• Fellow, The Explorers Club

Dr Pelayo Salinas De Leon & Camila Arnés Urgellés

Pelayo Salinas-de-León is a marine ecologist with a keen interest in Marine Protected Areas, sharks’ ecology and the communication of science, Pelayo serves as National Geographic Pristine Seas Conservation Scientist and as senior marine ecologist with the Charles Darwin Foundation. His research and conservation efforts around Darwin and Wolf Islands in the north of the Galápagos helped inform the Ecuadorian government's decision to create in 2016 a 40,000 square-kilometer [15,000 square miles, about the size of Switzerland] no-take marine sanctuary. Pelayo has led the research projects in fisheries and sharks of the CDRS since August 2012.

Camila Arnés Urgellés is a young Ecuadorian marine ecologist and naturalist guide with great passion for wildlife research and conservation. Her main interests are the ecology and behaviour of top predators, the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems and the exploration of the deep-sea.


Meghan Jeans - Foghorn Stratagies

Working at the intersection of law, policy, science, and markets to help foundations, social and environmental change organizations and private sector clients link strategy to impact with solutions-oriented guidance, analysis, tools, and collaborations. Clients have included, among others, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Wildlife Conservation Society, Meridian Institute, Ocean Outcomes (O2), Aquarium Conservation Partnership, and the Waitt Foundation.

And previously as an Ocean Foundation Program Director. She oversaw the Foundation’s grant making, fiscal sponsorship, and core program activities and supported diversity, equity and inclusion as a core value and goal of the Foundation.


Yacht Aid Global

YachtAid Global (YAG) provides humanitarian aid, conservation, and disaster response leadership. Our work encompasses global programs, logistics management and consultation for superyachts which want to contribute to the world around them. We facilitate volunteering by yachts and crew as they work on humanitarian and conservation initiatives in the communities they visit. When a natural disaster strikes, we coordinate the acquisition and delivery of humanitarian aid to impacted coastal communities, working with a global network of volunteers, vetted NGOs and disaster relief experts. YAG abides by agenda-free program work. We work with vetted strategic partners and proven processes to ensure timely, needs-verified, ethical and responsible humanitarian and conservation work. Our work saves lives, builds stronger coastal communities, and helps donors and businesses expand their philanthropic footprint.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute was founded with the purpose of increasing and sharing knowledge about the past, present and future of tropical ecosystems and their relevance to human welfare. This work began in Panama in 1910, when the Smithsonian led one of the world’s first major environmental impact studies, which surveyed and catalogued the flora and fauna of the lowland tropical forests that would be flooded with the creation of the Panama Canal. A century later, the Smithsonian in Panama is a standard-setting global platform for groundbreaking research on tropical forests and marine ecosystems and their astounding biodiversity. Today, STRI employs 40 staff scientists and hosts some 1,400 scientific visitors every year, from undergrads and interns to postdoctoral investigators and tenured research associates.


Mission Tiburon 

Mision Tiburon Conservationist Association is a Costa Rican non profit organization, its goal is promote the research, management and conservation of sharks and marine life in our oceans. Mision Tiburon was officially established in early 2009 by young marine biologists and conservationists, who are concerned about the drastic decline of shark populations around the world. Conduct scientific research with sharks and others marine species to determine management strategies, in order to promote their conservation and responsible use. Use technical and scientific information as a tool for influencing civil society and public policy to promote the conservation of sharks and others marine species. Sensitize the Costa Rican and the International society about the importance of sharks in our oceans, the threats that they are facing and their populations decline.


Max Planck

Current research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz aims at an integral understanding of chemical processes in the Earth system, particularly in the atmosphere and biosphere. Investigations address a wide range of interactions between air, water, soil, life and climate in the course of Earth history up to today´s human-driven epoch, the anthropocene.

Scientists conduct laboratory experiments, collect samples and record measurement data during field campaigns utilizing airplanes, ships, and vehicles. The practical work is complemented with mathematical models that simulate chemical, physical, and biological processes from molecular to global scales. One of the major goals is to find out how  air pollution, including reactive trace gases and aerosols, affect the atmosphere, biosphere, climate, and public health.


Okeanos Fleet CostaRica

OKEANOS is a family company dedicated to recreational diving, was founded in 1988 and is a pioneer in life travel operations aboard the Isla del Coco aboard the emblematic boat OKEANOS l. In 2008, we acquired a second Ship, the OKEANOS II, which reinforced our operation in Isla del Coco.

In 2018 the new project of OKEANOS ADVENTURES was created under the concept of SCUBA Diving School and Store and Apnea, and of the Tourism Agency. Our objective is to offer the public the highest level of quality in SCUBA and APNEA diving certifications, as well as to have the best SCUBA and APNEA equipment in the market at the sale price in the United States.


Galapagos National Park

It was created under executive decree N-17, of July 4, 1959, to commemorate the first centenary of the publication of the book "The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin, who inspired his famous theory of evolution by natural selection based on to the observations made during their stays in these Ecuadorian islands.

The executive decree considered the high ecological value of this archipelago, which is why it is declared a National Park, 97% of the land surface, also becoming the first protected area in the country. This norm declared “national reserve parks of the exclusive domain of the State, for the preservation of flora and fauna, the lands that make up the islands of the Colón or Galapagos archipelago, with the exception of these reserve areas the lands owned to date by the colonists of the archipelago and those that had already been legally by the State ”.

To learn more about the history of this protected area, review the following document: History of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park.


Charles Darwin Foundation

The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and complementary action to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago.

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research. CDF has carried out its mission in the Galapagos since 1959, thanks to an agreement with the Government of Ecuador and with the mandate to pursue and maintain collaborations with government agencies by providing scientific knowledge and technical assistance to promote and secure conservation of Galapagos.

More than one hundred scientists, educators, researchers, support personnel and volunteers from all over the world have participated in this effort. Currently, more than 75% of the staff are Ecuadorian citizens. CDF is committed to the professional development of permanent Galapagos residents as future scientists, for the well-being of the islands and the nation in general.


Assosiated Yacht Services

Associated Steamship Agents, S.A. can trace its origins on the Isthmus of Panama back to 1889.

Mr. William Andrews founded the firm of W. Andrews & Company in Colon in 1889, and with the opening of the Panama Canal to world commerce in 1914, established offices with Payne & Wardlaw in Cristobal and Balboa. The firms took the final step of merging into Associated Steamship Agents, S.A in 1975.

In 2000 AYS was born as a division from ASA, specializing in the support of superyachts and megayachts that are cruising in Panama and/or transiting the Panama Canal.

Our mission is to build long term customer relationships and provide exceptional service by pursuing business through innovation & technology with a human touch.

Our vision is to provide exceptional quality service that exceeds the expectations of our esteemed customers.

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Sea Masters Galapagos

SEA MASTERS Galapagos Yacht Agency is a licensed yacht/ship agency authorized by the Ministry of Transport of Ecuador and a Tour Company authorized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador. In the last 12 years, we have arranged yacht cruising permits into the protected waters of the Galapagos National Park for hundreds of yachts visiting with yacht owners and their guests.

SEA MASTERS is a company that provides unparalleled yachting services and logistical support. Seas Master directors operate under standardized practices with similar backgrounds in three countries across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Islands. We are real experts about each of our locations. Additionally, we are members of SEAL SUPER YACHTS and members for the selective Network of Super Yacht Agencies AYSS, all AYSS members follow a Code of Ethics and Conduct.Being based in the Galapagos Islands, our team has handled service and support for hundreds of yachts. With over 12 years of direct, local experience, SEA MASTERS has an unrivaled knowledge of the local regulations in addition to maintaining an excellent relationship with local authorities and the local community.

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