Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • International
  • Sports & Recreation


Calle Nalon 16Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid 24840Spain Spain

Organization Information

Mission Statement

"To develop research and education programmes for the conservation of our maritime natural and cultural treasures"


Alnitak is a grassroots organisation founded by two young Greenpeace activists. The idea was conceived in the port of Mahón (Menorca) while on board the ship Sirius. A ship bell with the name "Alnitak" was purchased in December of 1988, and in March of 1989 the ship Toftevaag was obtained for restoration.

Today, Alnitak has a combination of rich experience and fresh energy, with co-founder Ricardo Sagarminaga at the head of a fantastic team of like-minded individuals from a surprising variety of backgrounds.

We subdivide our work into two large programmes: MEDTOP - scientific projects using top pelagics as umbrella species for the conservation of the open sea ecosystem, and TODOS POR LA MAR - engaging stakeholders and the general public in practical and tangible conservation.

Alnitak partners with top institutes such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), OceanCare, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), IFREMER, Exeter University and more.

Each year 11-day expeditions are conducted, and a limited number of bunks are made available for volunteers to live and work on board as research assistant and deck hands.

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