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Ocean Conservancy

Posted on March 15, 2019

Ocean Conservancy works with other organizations and volunteers to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Since 1972 they have been dedicated to finding science based solutions to the biggest threats facing our oceans and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Here are what some of the leaders of Ocean Conservancy had to say about their plans for 2019

Alexis Baldera, The Director of the Golf Restoration Program said –

“In the new year, I’m excited that the Deepwater HorizonTrustees will announce projects to restore sea turtles, fish, dolphins, whales and corals, thanks to $1 billion set aside in the BP settlement to restore the Gulf where the BP oil disaster began—offshore and in the deep ocean. Our hope is that these investments will create a healthy future for the Gulf that we can be thankful for, this year and every year.”

Nick Mallos, The Director of the Trash Free Seas® Program said –

“As we begin 2019, I’m really looking forward to working on cross-sector solutions to lost and abandoned fishing gear in the ocean as the new lead partner of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. And, of course, one of my favorite parts of our work every year is engaging millions of individuals to keep their beaches, waterways and our ocean trash free.”

Amy Trice, The Director of the Ocean Planning Program said –

We are looking forward to the continued progress on gathering ocean data to better understand our ocean and the opportunities available with new technologies. With regions working to advance ocean management and create helpful tools like regional ocean data portals, we expect to see significant advancements in 2019.

Sarah Cooley, The Director of the Ocean Acidification Program said –

“2019 marks the 10th birthday of the 2009 Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act, or FOARAM for short. This is the act that started the U.S. federal scientific effort to research and monitor ocean acidification in a coordinated way. We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone, and reviewing all the great information that has come to light as a result of this work. We’re also looking ahead to what the next 10 years of investment on ocean changes like acidification will bring! ”

Anne Merwin, The Director of the Conservation Policy and Programs said –

“I’m excited about taking the swell we saw building on oceans and climate in 2018, and working with ocean champions around the globe to turn it into a wave of action in 2019. Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing global climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of our ocean. But until recently, climate policies have largely not effectively taken the ocean’s role into account.  This is the year to really start to tackle that ‘ocean-climate blind spot.’ Let’s go!”

Meredith Moore, The Director of the Fish Conservation Program said –

“I’m looking forward to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council addressing the impacts of climate change on fisheries. Having already taken initial steps, the Council is committed to protecting some of our nation’s most valuable fish stocks and the communities that depend on them. Using world-class science from NOAA and from the states, they are poised to show international leadership on one of the biggest threats facing our fisheries.”


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