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Dear Friend of the Sea,

We certainly have much to be happy about this holiday season, especially for ocean-lovers like you and me. With the recent report from President Obama's Ocean Policy Task Force and a new fish-farming bill in the works in Congress, one thing is clear — we're poised to make great strides in ocean conservation in 2010.

But the reason I'm most delighted, right now, is because of people like you. We're just over halfway through our critical year-end fundraising campaign and we've already raised over $20,000 dollars to help protect the ocean. But we have a long way to go to meet our goal of $50,000 by December 31, and we need your help to keep our momentum going strong.

If you haven't yet made your special tax-deductible year-end gift, I hope you'll consider doing so right now. And if you already have, thank you so very much! Just take a look at all of the great work below that your wonderful support makes possible.
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For a sea change,
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Vikki N. Spruill
President and CEO
Ocean Conservancy


New Fish Farming Bill Sets National Standards

A brand new bill just introduced in Congress will set the first-ever national standards for fish farming. Check out our new overview video of the issue and meet George Leonard, our director of Aquaculture »

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Obama Administration Releases New Framework for a Sea Change

The Obama Administration's Ocean Policy Task Force recently released the nation's first set of guidelines for creating order in the ocean. It's a momentous step and came at a time when the talk in Copenhagen was all about rising sea levels. The ocean regulates our climate — and it needs protecting, too. Press release »

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The Results Are in and the Winners Are....

Thousands of you voted recently to select the image to grace our 2010 membership card and the results are in...the young sea turtle in the deep blue sea! Join or renew your membership today and look for the new card in the mail. Then check out the winner of our recent Weirdest Finds contest from this year's International Coastal Cleanup »

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Red Snapper on the Road to Recovery

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently released some indications that red snapper is on the road to recovery, but we still need to do better. Press release »


December 2009

» New Fish Farming Bill Sets National Standards

» Obama Administration for a Sea Change

» Winner of the Coastal Cleanup's Weirdest Find

» Red Snapper on the Road to Recovery
Help Protect the Ocean
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Have you made your tax-deductible year-end donation to help protect the ocean yet? Help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 from ocean-lovers like you before midnight, December 31.


Photo Contest Deadline: Jan. 31
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Send us your best shots and enter to win cash prizes in our 2010 Marine Wildlife & Seascape Photo Contest. Deadline: January 31st
Beneath the Surface
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Each month, we're focusing on an ocean issue (and photo). Can you guess what it is? Hint: A shrimp in holiday attire?
Shop for a Sea Change
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The clothing designer Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with us around their ocean-inspired Resort 2009 Collection called "Escape to the Water's Edge." Ten percent of the retail store sales from shop and share events will support Ocean Conservancy’s work to protect the ocean. Download these beautiful ocean-inspired prints »
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