Who we are

When Ocean is Your Life

We are a small team of enthusiastic people with different ideas and professional backgrounds coming together to make a difference, helping our marine environment by conducting an exciting long term conservation project.

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About Us

This is Our Crazy Team

Belén García Ovide
Founder Project Manager MRM Marine Resources & Coastal Management, Belén is an Ocean passionate and energetic since she can remember, Belén has been studying the oceans and particularly whales when she started her degree in Marine Biology in 2012. Since then, she has been involved in different research projects in the fields of marine acoustics, noise and effects on marine mammals, bio tourism and participatory science. She has been working at sea since 7 years as a sailor and wildlife guide, exploring amazing places including both poles and the Caribbean waters. She truly believes that we are the ambassadors of the oceans and “our mission” is undoubtedly to take care of our oceans and is willing to show the world how to do it.
Daniel Gonzalez de la Peña
Social Media Manager & Nature Photographer MSc Mar. Eco-Based Mgmt, Daniel, is a hard working animal passionate who has grown up surrounded and loving nature. He has studied a wide range of animals during his career. This passion for nature only grew since he started his bachelor's degree in Madrid. He developed part of his professional career in Sweden (Umeå Universitet) and Brazil (Universidade de São Paulo), collaborating in different research projects.He recently specialized in Marine Ecosystem-based management at the University of St Andrews. He works mostly in Húsavík since 2015 as a captain and as well as a whale watching guide. Daniel is also a skilled wildlife photography enthusiast and uses his pictures to raise awareness in peoples mind.
Heimir Harðarson
Captain of Schooner Ópal Co- founder of Ocean Missions. An explorer by heart and sailor by soul. Heimir has worked on boats for more than 20 years, mainly as a captain of beautiful ocean going schooners. His passion for travelling has marked his life and while experiencing different cultures in almost 90 countries he has learned how important it is to start taking actions against pollution and over-harvesting of our planet in general.
Doctor Charla Jean Basran
Whale Researcher Scientific Advisor, Charla, is a marine biologist and a whale researcher with a master’s in marine and coastal management, who recently completed her PhD. In biology focused on whale entanglement in fishing gear. She has been passionate about the ocean from a young age and has worked on ocean-related projects, from sea stars to whales, for over 10 years. Her main area of interest is contributing research that helps to find a harmonic balance between human-uses of the ocean and the preservation of ocean ecosystems, as well as participating in scientific education and citizen science projects that contribute to spreading awareness about ocean-related issues and encouraging people to make a positive change.

We collaborate closely for support by developing similar projects, data sharing, scientific publications and or for professional advice

Science Partners

Conservation Partners

Media & Divulgation Partners

Current Funders

Ocean Missions is a project in cooperation with North Sailing

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