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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

Great ocean policies start with great ocean champions.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced his National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act, and it passed by a count of 68 – 31!  The bipartisan vote included support from a number of influential Republican Senators.  The full WRDA bill will be voted on later this week or next, but it is a high priority bill that has significant support.

NEO would establish the first annual fund for ocean conservation, with the potential to direct millions of dollars every year toward ocean health restoration projects such as those that protect and restore critical habitat, rebuild fisheries and drive research about critical ocean ecosystems.  

This is why electing ocean champions is so important.  Passing good ocean legislation is hard, and requires sustained effort and passion.  Senator Whitehouse and fellow ocean champ, former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) passed NEO in the Senate last year as part of the RESTORE Act, but couldn’t get it across the finish line in conference committee.  However, NEO and ocean health are priorities for Senator Whitehouse, and he is committed to getting his bill through.  We’ll keep you posted as it progresses this year.

For the Oceans,

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

Mike Dunmyer
Executive Director

P.S. Like Senator Whitehouse, the 52 ocean champions serving today are pushing a number of important ocean bills. Help us support them and increase their numbers by donating to Ocean Champions today!

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