The SEA Institute – VIP, a SEC-registered non-profit organization, is a commitment to use science-based conservation in the VIP (Verde Island Passage), the world’s center of the center of marine shore-fish biodiversity, for the benefit of the reefs and local communities. A landscape study has shown that there is broad interest in and perceived need for an effort like the SEA that intends to integrate decades of scientific research with community efforts for the many stakeholders and partners already working in this arena of research, education, and conservation to protect and save the Verde Island Passage.