Dear Friend,In 2006 Ocean Champions endorsed and supported Senator Olympia Snowe in her Senate reelection bid. She won and we are proud of our role in helping deliver that victory. That victory enabled Senator Snowe to continue leading on a range of ocean issues that have helped each and every one of us.
She helped pass sustainable, conservation-driven fisheries law and spoke out in support of the innovative Catch Shares approach to managing fisheries. Senator Snowe fought for cleaner coastal water with her Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill, and was a great ally for NOAA, defending key initiatives and pushing for bigger ocean budgets.
Without question, her retirement is disappointing. We – the ocean community – will lose a senior, pro-ocean Senator with whom we have a strong working relationship. This is a setback that speaks to the challenge of building political power for a cause. The only way to build power is to take a long-term approach, but that doesn’t change the fact that the oceans need attention now.
With that urgency in mind, we are already engaging our friends to identify the best pro-ocean Senate candidate in Maine. Will current ocean champion, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, or former ocean champion Tom Allen consider running? We will share information with you as soon as we come to know the political landscape. Rest assured, Maine is an important ocean state, and we will engage heavily to make sure it stays pro-ocean.
Senator Snowe’s retirement also makes clear that we need to increase the number of endorsed champions serving in Congress now. Our goal is a pro-ocean Congress and to get there we are committed to electing 40 pro-ocean candidates this year – more than ever before.
To do that, we’ll need your help, and when it comes to electoral campaigns – especially with the anti-ocean forces marshaling big resources through Super-PACs – the contributions of people like you in the ocean community are our best hope to turn the tide and get ocean-loving men and women elected to Congress! Help us elect 40 champions and deliver a pro-ocean Congress by donating $25 or more to Ocean Champions today.
Whether it’s clean beaches for tourists and kids, fish for fishermen and restaurants, clean water for surfers and swimmers, or clean eco-systems for sharks, whales, sea otters and every other living creature – the oceans deserve more ocean champions fighting for them in Washington.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. Of course, this Congress isn’t over yet, and we’ll be working hard to help Senator Snowe and her ocean legacy go out with a bang. We remain committed to helping the Senator pass her Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill, and are partnering with her and primary sponsor Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on the National Endowment for the Oceans, which would create the first annual fund for ocean conservation. What a great gift these legislative achievements would be for the great state of Maine and our entire country.