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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

Cleaning up coastal water, in particular reducing toxic algae blooms and dead zones, has been a priority of Ocean Champions for a long time.  Toxic blooms and dead zones kill fish, marine mammals and birds, destroy habitat, make people sick and cost the U.S. tens of millions of dollars each year.  Thanks to the leadership of key ocean champions and friends on Capitol Hill, the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) bill has passed the Senate!  Bipartisan support on this critical issue has always been strong, and in this case was essential for its success. A few individuals deserve special attention and we would like to thank Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for leading this legislation, and thank Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Ed Markey (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI),  and Roger Wicker (R-MS) for their hard work and strong support. 

And, we want to thank YOU!  You haven't allowed us to ease off on this important legislation. With your encouragement and support, beginning when the HABs bill was originally introduced by champions Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), together we continue to move the passage of this billl closer to reality.  This important legislation will:

  • Establish and maintain a national program for harmful algal blooms, hypoxia and dead zones,
  • Establish a comprehensive research plan and action strategy, and
  • Drive resources to state and local municipalities to help with prediction, detection and mitigation of harmful algal blooms, and it includes a fresh water component (thanks to Senator Portman).

We are already hard at work in the House building bipartisan support, and we are pleased to report that the reception has been encouraging with several of our ocean champions leading the way.  In the days to come, we will need your help more than ever.  Stay tuned as we will be calling on you to help us garner support for this important bill.

Given that this bill is one of only two ocean bills that has passed at least one body of Congress this cycle so far, we are thrilled to report the bill's passage in the Senate.  Today, let's take a moment to celebrate a milestone in the fight against toxic algae and ocean dead zones.

For the oceans,

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

P.S. Your support enables us to fight for clean coastal water on Capitol Hill. Please consider donating to Ocean Champions today!

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