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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Dear Friend,

It is no surprise that Representative Jared Huffman is an ocean champion in Congress. He represents California’s 2nd District, the rugged stretch of coastline from San Francisco north to the Oregon border. Towering redwood forests, sparkling lakes and rivers, and farms and vineyards edge the Pacific Ocean where people make a living from coastal tourism, farming, and fishing.

So, it’s also no surprise that on July 4, Rep. Huffman once again manned the grill at the World's Largest Salmon BBQ associated with the Salmon Restoration Association in Fort Bragg, CA. All proceeds from this fundraiser are used to improve salmon populations on the Northern California coast.  Rep. Huffman fully understands that salmon feed people AND the local economy. He is working on policies that ensure healthy salmon stocks, including safeguarding water in salmon streams in the midst of California’s historic drought. Rep. Huffman introduced legislation to address the many issues of the drought plaguing our Western states.

Salmon also need clean and productive ocean waters. Earlier this summer, Rep. Huffman spoke at the National Marine Sanctuary expansion ceremony in Gualala, CA. The expansion of the Cordell Bank and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries provide greater protection from offshore oil drilling along the northern California coast. Rep Huffman knows that offshore oil drilling is not good for salmon and not good for the oceans, in general.

Earlier this month, Rep. Huffman made a trip to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. An eye opening aerial tour of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a camping trip in the Arctic Wilderness provided firsthand experience on what fossil fuel development north of the Arctic Circle really entails.

These experiences reaffirmed his commitment to protect these unique wild places—some of the last places on earth untouched and unspoiled by roads, energy extraction, and other human development.

When back in Washington DC this fall, Rep. Huffman will continue fighting to pass his bipartisan bill to permanently protect the Arctic Refuge's Coastal Plain and other parts of the refuge as wilderness.

It is great to see our ocean champions working in DC and while on recess to protect our oceans and other wilderness areas.

For the oceans,

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

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