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Dear Friend of the Sea,

More than six weeks after the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe began, our attention remains focused on the Gulf of Mexico and the urgent task of dealing with the tragedy that is continuing to unfold. And today, on World Oceans Day, people the world over are reflecting on the extent of the disaster in the Gulf and reassessing how we relate to the ocean.

As I noted in my editorial in USA Today recently, now more than ever we need a new awakening of ocean environmentalism in America. The devastating images of oil on the surface and reaching our coasts tell only part of the story: much of the damage being done to our ocean remains hidden from view.

Fisheries aren't just central to the Gulf economy, they support a cherished way of life. We expect BP to be held fully responsible for the damage their tragedy has sprung on the Gulf, but right now the federal government must do what it can to ensure the immediate needs of the affected communities are addressed. When hearing the voices of people living and working in the region, I suspect you want to help by urging Congress to take immediate action to help fishing communities.

These are urgent times for the Gulf and for our ocean. I'll be sure to keep you updated on our relief, restoration, and reform efforts.
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For a sea change,
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Vikki N. Spruill
President and CEO
Ocean Conservancy

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First-Hand Accounts of the Gulf Disaster

In the six weeks since BP’s oil blowout and spill we’ve been in the Gulf, with video cameras in tow, and we hope you’ll check out our YouTube channel for our first-person accounts about what’s been happening. Plus, we’ve also partnered with with SkyTruth to launch an interactive website, the Gulf Oil Spill Tracker where Gulf-area residents can document the impacts of the disaster. Anyone can search the interactive map to find reports or submit your own report by clicking on the map to indicate the location, then add a description, photos or links.

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New Underwater Parks for California's Coast

After over three years of dedicated effort — and with your help — we are pleased to report the protection of over 20% of California's north central coast in new underwater parks. Our efforts now turn to creating a network of marine protected areas in southern California — and we need your help again. Tell the Fish and Game Commission to support a science-based network of habitat protection along southern California's coast.

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And the winner is...

Thank you for helping us select the cover photo for our 2011 Ocean Conservancy Calendar. The votes are in and the "Young Hawksbill Sea Turtle" image by Donna Goodwin is the winner. Renew your membership to ensure you receive the 2011 Calendar »


June 2010

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