Reflections from Michael Zwirn, Director of Development, on his recent trip to Seattle, Washington in support of Marine Conservation Institute's partnership with Holland America Line.
On Saturday, July 28th, Marine Conservation Institute welcomed friends, donors, and members of our Board to a luncheon aboard the Holland America Line cruise ship ms Westerdam at port in Seattle.
Hosted by Holland America Line, as part of a three-year-long partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, the event focused on the importance of Protecting Deep Sea Corals: The West Coast’s Forgotten Treasures, while showcasing the recently released “Our Marvelous Oceans” video series. Dan Grausz, executive vice president, fleet operations, Holland America Line, and Dr. Lance Morgan, president and chief executive officer, Marine Conservation Institute, co-hosted the event.
Guests dined on sustainably sourced seafood and met senior scientists grappling with the world’s toughest marine conservation challenges, before participating a program showcasing the deep sea marine life just off the shore of Washington State and the American West Coasts. Many guests described the program as “eye-opening” – and raved about the menu and the hospitality aboard the ship.
Since 2010, Marine Conservation Institute has partnered with the Seattle-based cruise line to support a wide array of marine conservation and education activities. Currently, the partnership supports the “Our Marvelous Oceans” suite of programs: Holland America Line’s commitment to exclusively use sustainably sourced seafood on shipboard menus, guest and staff education on oceans issues including the “Our Marvelous Oceans” video series, and support for emerging marine scientists through Marine Conservation Institute’s Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants for graduate students and young scientists working in historical marine ecology.
Marine Conservation Institute Board members and senior staff are grateful to Holland America Line not only for hosting Saturday’s event, but for the breadth of the partnership. By working together, not only can Marine Conservation Institute help Holland America Line improve its environmental sustainability, but we can reach more than 800,000 guests each year with a message about sustainable fisheries and ocean conservation.