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The IOI network of centres
So why does IOI exist?
IOI believes that all the resources of the oceans should be shared fairly amongst all people and that the oceans belong to everyone and that everyone has the duty to respect and protect the living (like fish) and non-living (like minerals and fossil fuels) resources in the sea. Moreover the oceans are a heritage that also belongs to future generations, and we are therefore obliged to preserve the oceans and use their resources without endangering their state in the future.
The mission of IOI is to make sure that any development occurring in the oceans or along the coasts does not harm the marine environment, and that resources are used soundly.
The organization also works to reduce poverty, especially amongst communities living along the coasts of developing countries. It helps people involve themselves in work within their communities that is related to the marine environment, and by doing so these people can improve their lives.
How does IOI try to achieve all this?
It tries to do all this by educating, training and informing people about the marine environment in general, and on how to respect and protect it. It also carries out research about the sea, collects data and distributes it to everyone, especially to professional people whose work is connected to the sea so that they can carry out their duties in the safest and most proper way.