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Dear Friend of the Sea,

Three months ago, BP's Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico—beginning a nightmare whose end is still not in sight despite the recent capping of the well.

While the disaster was something I'd long feared, the reality of it shook me much more than I could have ever imagined. And judging by the sadness, exasperation, anger, frustration, and hopelessness I observed in my own network of friends and family, I was not alone. Three months later, little has changed. Our anger and frustration continue, as do our efforts to stop the spread of oil. What has changed, I believe, are attitudes, minds, beliefs, and interests in creating a sustainable and healthy ocean. It’s fascinating, and even a tiny bit hopeful.

My hope is that out of this nightmare, a renewed and new commitment from people like you and me will emerge. Am I overly optimistic? Or do you agree? I'd like to know—in part because if a new constituency of people who care for the ocean is emerging, then those of us in the business of ocean conservation must be ready to tap into it. Change doesn't come easy, and we need all the help we can get.

Let me know what you think. I'm listening.

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For a sea change,
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Vikki N. Spruill
President and CEO
Ocean Conservancy

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2010 Photo Contest Winners Announced

This year, we received over 1500 submissions to our Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest. Watch the slide show of this year's winners and then become an Ocean Conservancy member to receive our 2011 calendar featuring photos from this year's entries.

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July 2010

Obama Starts a Sea Change
This week—thanks to efforts from ocean-lovers like YOU—President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish a national ocean policy that creates a framework for protecting our ocean. This historic step empowers local governments and citizens like you to work together in figuring out the best plan for our ocean. Our work at Ocean Conservancy combined with your support played a key role in making this happen. Thank you!
What We're Watching
Blue August
Ocean Conservancy is partnering with Discovery's Planet Green during "Blue August" to bring you a month of water-themed TV. Check out the six-part series "Oceans Blue" and be sure not to miss Discovery's Shark Week, beginning August 1.
Partners for the Ocean
Organic Bouquet
Buy flowers from Organic Bouquet's Gulf Relief Collection and $10 will be donated to help Ocean Conservancy restore the health of our ocean in the aftermath of this disaster.
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