COALITION OF 48 LEADING CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS CALLS ON THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT U.S. COASTS AND OCEANSGreenpeace, Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club among groups urging
for strong coast and ocean protection during the next U.S. presidential
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/--Our coasts and oceans face a multitude of threats. Human activities
have harmed the health of species and habitats in every corner of the
vast ocean, from Arctic fisheries to tropical reef systems, from kelp
forests to tidal estuaries. From climate change to pollution, to
overfishing and habitat destruction, the threats also imperil the
health of coastal communities and tens of thousands of jobs in fishing,
recreation, and tourism that depend on healthy, functioning coastal and
In response to this dire need and recognizing the link between a
healthy environment and a healthy economy, a broad coalition of
conservation and research organizations has asked each presidential
candidate to prioritize strong, effective coast and ocean conservation
measures during the next presidential term.
Forty-eight organizations from 15 states and territories across the U.S joined in sending
‘A Blueprint for Coastal and Ocean Policy for the New Administration’
to each presidential campaign, urging decisive action on behalf of our
oceans. The coalition includes organizations such as Greenpeace,
Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Reef Check Foundation, Fauna &
Flora International, NAUI and PADI Worldwide, Marine Conservation
Biology Institute, Save the Manatee Club, and EarthEcho International.
“The ocean touches everyone and everything. It is essential to life and human survival,” said Mark J. Spalding, President of
The Ocean Foundation
which provided the original draft and organized the coalition. “The
next Administration has a fantastic opportunity to start a new wave for
coastal and ocean protection, a new wave that we will support.”
A Blueprint for Coast and Ocean Policy asks for action on the
following ten marine conservation issues: (1) reducing coastal and
ocean pollution; (2) clean and healthy coasts and beaches; (4)
improving the health of our nation’s fisheries; (4) protecting coral
reef ecosystems; (5) protection of other important marine species; (6)
marine ecosystem restoration; (7) addressing the links between oceans
and climate change; (8) resolving conflicts between healthy oceans and
energy production; (9) underwater noise pollution; and (10) ocean
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