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Dear Friend of the Sea,

To commemorate World Ocean Day earlier this month, we asked you to send a note of appreciation to our conservation scientists, thanking them for the work they do day-to-day to ensure that our oceans are protected.

We were overwhelmed by your thoughtful replies — over 800 notes received to date! I shared your thoughts with our team and we put together a small slideshow of samples to share with you.

Many things struck me about your responses — the geographic diversity of feedback, the frequent reflection of personal connections to our work — but most of all, the sincere appreciation expressed for the work we do to ensure wild, healthy oceans.

As you read these messages of gratitude and hopeplease know of our gratitude and hope as well. We are most grateful for your support, which makes our work to protect the ocean we all love possible.

And we are hopeful for its healthy future. Working together, we have already started a sea change in ocean conservation.

Vikki Spruill signature, first name only
Vikki N. Spruill
President & CEO, Ocean Conservancy

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Obama: Ocean Conservancy Succeeds in Getting Ocean Planning to top the Obama Agenda

The Obama administration recently made a bold move to bring ocean protection to the forefront of the US agenda. A new task force will tackle critical concerns — including Marine Spatial Planning. See what it's going to take to achieve order in the ocean — and read the Obama team's announcement on National Oceans Month

Aquaculture cage courtesy of NOAA.

Let's Get Fish Farming Right the First Time!

Two recent proposals in the Gulf of Mexico and San Diego should serve as a wake up call to Congress that regional decisions about fish farming are being made that have national implications. Read our recent blog on the need for a national vision for fish farming and then stay tuned, for we will surely need your help

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Creature Feature: Hawaiian Monk Seals

Named for the folds of skin on their neck, which resemble a monk's hood, Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered ocean animals in the world, but they just recently got a piece of good news

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Obama: Ocean Conservancy Succeeds in Getting Ocean Planning to top the Obama Agenda

Let's Get Fish Farming Right the First Time!

Creature Feature: Hawaiian Monk Seals
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Right whale courtesy of Georgia DNR.

This past winter set new records for the number of entangled right whales, and they continue to get struck by ships, too. Donate and help us fight for the survival of these majestic whales.

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Beneath The Surface
Beneath the Surface
Each month, we're focusing in on an ocean issue (and photo). Can you guess what it is? Hint: If you live in California, you just helped make it happen!
Dive In and Help!


Bank of America Credit Card

Bank of America has contributed more than $812,864 to our work through their affinity credit card program. Learn more about this new way to give back 
Mark Your Calendar

International Coastal Cleanup: Save the Date

In case you haven't heard, our International Coastal Cleanup is planned for September 19th. Ask your friends to save the date for this fun event

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