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The Society is a non-profit organization, and pursues exclusively social objectives.

It focuses its activities mainly in:

  • promotion, dissemination, valorisation of knowledge of the history of oceanography, as important and significant elements in the advancement of marine science and technology;
  • identification, preservation and conservation of books, documents and equipment that have had particular significance in marine research of the past centuries, with particular emphasis on European activity in this area, starting from the greek-Roman times, to get to the great scientific expeditions of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century;
  • raise awareness among the agencies and research institutions, both national and international, to the preservation and conservation of documents and equipment also recent, but of potential historical value, which often are lost due to the dramatic turn-over and lack of technological rules in this.