Dear Ocean Friends,
Saturday June 8th was World Oceans Day. I hope that you, like many Americans, celebrated our oceans with a trip to the beach or coast. Visits to our beaches and coasts are an important part of why coastal counties account for 35.54% of our country's Gross Domestic Product, while representing only 5.71% of our land area in the USA. Coastal economies are vitally important and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure healthy ocean ecosystems for us and future generations, which is why we work so tirelessly to advance ocean conservation and marine protected areas. Our recent report, SeaStates, provides the first public accounting of how well different states are protecting their coastlines. How is your state doing? Check the report online at www.SeaStates.us.
Humpback mother and calf in Tonga. Photo by John Weller.
Whether you live in the US or somewhere else, healthy oceans are critical to our prosperity and well being. I hope that during the coming months you will do something to help our oceans. You can be an active participant in maintaining healthy oceans by
- Urging your leaders to create more no-take marine reserves,
- Making conserving the oceans a priority issue, and voting for people who really share your values,
- Visiting coastal locations in states that do the best job of protecting our marine environment,
- Eating only sustainably caught seafood. And be sure to tell that to those who sell you seafood,
- Finding meaningful ways to reduce your family's energy use, and
- Supporting conservation organizations that work to protect our oceans.
We welcome your donation to support our efforts to secure strong and lasting protection for marine life and the places where they live, for us and future generations.