The Blog Aquatic » thank you http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:21:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 A Victory for Gulf Sea Turtles http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/07/14/a-victory-for-gulf-sea-turtles/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/07/14/a-victory-for-gulf-sea-turtles/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:32:54 +0000 Kara Lankford http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=8747

Blair Witherington

Last September, we asked you to help us protect the Gulf’s sea turtles and today, I have some wonderful news to share. Thanks to more than 5,000 of our supporters, 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico have now been declared critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles. The newly protected areas include floating Sargassum mats, where young sea turtles live and grow.

This victory is an important step toward a fully restored Gulf. During the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, tens of thousands of sea turtles were located in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico where oil accumulated at the surface. The BP oil disaster started during sea turtle nesting season, and as millions of barrels of oil bubbled up from the seafloor that summer, loggerhead sea turtles were returning to the Gulf Coast to lay their eggs. Almost 300 sea turtle nests had to be relocated from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast in 2010, in order for the young turtles to have a better chance at survival. This meant over 14,000 loggerhead sea turtles hatched along Atlantic Coast instead of their home beaches in the Gulf.

Several other environmental organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Oceana played a key role in this victory. These groups took legal action, which forced the National Marine Fisheries Service to act.

Victories like this one inspire me to continue working towards a healthy Gulf. It proves that decision-makers are listening and it reminds me that together, we have the power to make a difference for the Gulf.

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With sincere thanks: Guest post from JEAN http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/05/14/with-sincere-thanks-guest-post-from-jean/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/05/14/with-sincere-thanks-guest-post-from-jean/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 19:21:57 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=556

Credit: Izzy Schwartz

This is a guest post from Japan Environmental Action Network.

No matter where we live, we are united in our effort to leave a beautiful ocean for future generations. And with your support, we know this to be true now more than ever.

To all those who gave, thank you. We are so grateful for your donations to help JEAN continue working with the issue of marine debris in Japan.

Last year, Japan faced such a devastating disaster with the earthquake followed by the tsunami. Helping hands were lent from all over the world with encouragements and prayers. Together with site captains and volunteers who carry out or participate in the International Coastal Cleanup held through out Japan, we kept feeling sympathy for the rehabilitation and restoration of the affected areas. During this time, we carried out actions of support in the way each of us are able to. At the same time, we’ve been able to continue having the Cleanup as we have been doing in years past.

Getting such warm support from people who take part in the Cleanup, while there are still many obstacles, is a great encouragement to us considering all we’ve been working for. We will use the precious funds collected from Ocean Conservancy members and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to promote the Cleanup and other necessary acts for a clean and healthy ocean in Japan.

JEAN will keep tackling this issue in Japan, together with fellow Cleanup members around the world, so that we can work together to recover a better marine environment and ocean.

Thank you again, with our sincere appreciation,

From all board members and staff of JEAN (Japan Environmental Action Network), Tokyo, Japan.

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