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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

Earlier today, the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2011 was passed by the House Science and Technology Committee.  We were impressed to see Committee Members express universal agreement about the severity of the toxic algae / dead zone problem and the need to address it.  Members of both parties also commended the bill’s core provisions, which they noted were largely the same as the ones our champions passed in the House last year. 

This year’s bill can still be improved, and several Members of Congress voiced concerns about issues that include whether the authorized funding is sufficient.  The fact that it’s moving, however, gives us the chance to strengthen it along the way, and we’ll work closely with our champions to do just that.

We’re pleased that a positive ocean bill has traction at a difficult time for environmental measures.  Toxic algae hurts fish, coral, marine mammals and people, and moving a good bill now will result in cleaner coastal water in the future.

For the oceans,

David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder

Mike Dunmyer
Executive Director

P.S. Help us fight to reduce dead zones and toxic tides by joining the Ocean Champions team today!

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