Introduction and Mission

Introduction and Mission

Ocean Arks International is a non-profit research and outreach organization. It incorporated in 1982 with the goal of spreading the ideas and practices of ecological sustainability throughout the world. Among its major projects is the protection and restoration of the world's waters.

To do so, founder and ecologist Dr. John Todd has developed a unique and effective array of ecological technologies called eco-technologies. Originally known as Living Machines, they are the result of his careful observation of the natural world, particularly freshwater eco-systems.

Through carefully documenting how natural systems heal themselves and regain their balance, his eco-machine technologies are designed to mimic these natural healing tendencies by bringing together representatives from all kingdoms of life, including microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, protozoa and zooplankton as well as snails, clams, fishes and larger plants.

Eco-Machine technologies reintegrate human and natural eco-systems to become mutually beneficial toward one another. Ocean Arks strives to expand the use of sustainable, living technologies as a part of everyday life and to educate others in these practices, fostering an understanding that we are an integral part of the natural world.

          It is Ocean Arks' mission to create planetary healing through promoting ecological literacy and the dissemination of vital eco-technologies.


The Grafton canal restorer, June, 2013. Photo by Richard Sherman