This past week a letter
went out to campaign representatives for Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump from 115 ocean leaders in business, science, conservation, education and other fields seeking clarification
on what they will do if elected President to protect our public seas, ocean economy and maritime security. The aim is to get a response by early September on how the next President will act on key coastal and ocean issues.
These include the fight against illegal pirate fishing, establishment of marine protected areas – like National Parks in the sea - and coastal adaptation to sea level rise and other climate challenges.
also calls for appropriate levels of funding for frontline agencies involved in exploration, conservation and maritime law-enforcement including the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Ocean leaders who’ve signed this letter include CEOs of seafood and other businesses, directors of major science labs, aquariums and diver organizations, well known ocean explorers, authors, artists, marine conservationists, members of Congress and former heads of EPA and NOAA. As a diverse organization representing marine & aquatic educators, we joined in signing on behalf of our educator members.
For more information on the ocean letter
feel free to contact David Helvarg
, Executive Director Blue Frontier.
Also feel free to contact the Clinton and Trump campaigns directly. Their responses have been respectfully requested by September 7.