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#VoteTheOcean

Our oceans are being challenged with a myriad of issues from overfishing to ocean acidification to harmful algae blooms, sea level rise and plastic pollution. And while there are many advocacy groups working diligently to save our oceans, there are times when the oceans must be a priority in the political process. Strong policy change is needed to achieve solutions, and requires leadership from our elected officials.

“Ocean Champions is the political power that we have needed in the marine environmental community for decades,” said Elliott A. Norse, Ph.D. President of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute.

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Ocean Champions operates as a 501(c)(4) organization, the first national organization of its kind focusing solely on oceans and ocean wildlife. Ocean Champions’ political muscle is impressive. They’ve helped pass legislation to reduce toxic algae blooms and hypoxia, passed bills to establish estuary conservation, helped pass a “Trash Free Seas Act,” blocked anti-conservation attacks in government, and defended the funding to many ocean conservation acts in Washington.

Ocean Champions has partnered with Environmental Media Association and Entertainment Tonight’s Special Correspondent Ashlan Cousteau, to gather an influential group of experts to talk about what can be done to ensure healthy and thriving oceans and coasts for future generations. The panel will focus on the roles of grassroots and electoral engagement and how these two areas build on each other

“My hope is for more people to get involved in electing more ocean champions to Congress,” said Ashlan Cousteau.

Panelists include: Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County Supervisor; Angela Howe Esq., Legal Director, Surfrider Foundation; and David Wilmot, Ph.D., Co-Founder and President, Ocean Champions.

The discussion will take place on May 26 at 6:00 to 9:00 pm at New Roads School in The Moss Theater in Santa Monica. To RSVP, go to http://votetheocean.eventbrite.com

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