The maritime archives (archiv maritim e.V.) have been founded in 1991 as a contemporary archive of marine science to support the idea of environment protection by providing information. The increasing importance of the internet in the 1990s has granted an easy public access to all kinds of information. So we started to discuss the sense of perpetuation of our (paper-based) archives. Therefore we stopped our work some years ago but restarted in 2009 and published this website. We are aiming at making our contribution to the conservation of nature, especially of the seas and polar areas - by providing information and support of concrete projects.