Defending Federal Marine Conservation Programs

Marine Conservation Institute’s Vice President, Bill Chandler, testified before the US House of Representatives advocating for protection of vital federal marine conservation programs in fiscal year 2013. Bill testified on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Read his testimony here.

While there are many vital federal conservation programs, Marine Conservation Institute is particularly interested in protecting funding for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, Marine Protected Areas Program, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, the Ocean Acidification Program, and Marine Debris Program, as well as efforts to develop a coastal and marine spatial planning framework, and support recovery efforts for the Hawaiian monk seal.

Marine Conservation Institute can’t do it alone and depends on other conservation-minded people to step up and help protect our oceans. How can you get involved? Contact your Representatives and Senators today and ask them to protect the funding levels for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today in 2013 and beyond.

Need some talking points, use some from Bill’s recent testimony.

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