Science & Research


- Sri Lanka
  • Main problem:
    Destructive human influence
  • Subproblem:
  • Consequence:
    Need for education & awareness, Development of solutions
  • Solution:
    Education & Marine Conservation Field Course

Oceanswell envisions a world where all people recognize the integral role that oceans play in our planet and are equipped to work towards its preservation.

Oceanswell was established to help conserve and protect the oceans with a specific focus on Sri Lanka, as well as to provide opportunities and help build capacity locally. 
Oceanswell works to change the trajectory for the world’s oceans by educating the next generation of diverse ocean heroes, equipping students from underrepresented nations to conduct marine conservation research, and engaging everybody in conversations about the magic of our world’s oceans.

We like to push boundaries and think outside the box and we encourage others to do the same. We work with innovative thinkers to provide opportunities that can encourage entrepreneurs to engage in solving global ocean problems creatively.
Sri Lanka maybe a beautiful tropical island but marine biology is a largely unorthodox career choice. Our founder Asha followed her passion but did not have the privilege of a peer group or mentors. She feels strongly about changing this and provides mentoring opportunities to students dreaming of exploring or entering this field. We undertake research that addresses urgent conservation needs. Through our decade-long Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project we have unravelled mysteries of an unknown population while also working towards their conservation. We believe in the power of education to change the current trajectory of our oceans. We are currently working to create opportunities for the many talented students who yearn for an education in this field but lack the opportunity and access. We are driven by the thought that the solution to all our greatest ocean problems could be locked in the mind of a person from the global south.

The intention was to grow the field within the country and the region.

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