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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

Yesterday we got a nice surprise.  Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ), who we targeted and you voted the second worst Congressman on ocean issues last year, announced that he would be retiring at the end of this term! 

Congressman Runyan was bad on many ocean issues, from recent attempts to defund the National Ocean Policy to pushing his “drill baby, drill” agenda.  He is best known, however, as one of the loudest voices trying to gut the conservation standards in current U.S. fisheries law.  The current law (The Magnuson-Stevens Act, passed in 2006), established several important tenets to end overfishing in U.S. waters and requires depleted populations to be rebuilt to sustainable levels.  Magnuson is working for fish and for fishermen, as 95 percent of the most commercially important U.S. fishery species recently assessed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch are now rated either Best Choice or Good Alternative

Sustainable fisheries and ending overfishing remains a top priority for Ocean Champions. The Maguson-Stevens Act Reauthorization, which is currently underway, could be a battle over critical conservation standards.  Removing ocean enemies like Congressmen Runyan and Southerland will make this battle easier to win.

It also opens up a great opportunity to elect an ocean champion to represent NJ-3.  Historically, this has been a great district for bipartisan champions, as we were able to endorse and support Mr. Runyan’s two predecessors, Democrat John Adler, and Republican Jim Saxton.  We are assessing potential candidates and will work hard to make NJ-3 an ocean-friendly district once again!

For the oceans,

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

Mike Dunmyer
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider Ocean Champions in your year-end giving plans.  We're the only political organization focused solely on healthy oceans, and we need your support!


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