Without a strong ocean plan, this could be your view.
The Mid-Atlantic Ocean is home to diverse and stunning marine ecosystems. Fish, marine mammals, and sea turtles all thrive in Mid-Atlantic waters, and our coastal communities depend on a healthy ocean for a robust economy.
But the health of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean is threatened by new unchecked development. Increases in dredging offshore sand and potential exploration for oil and gas can affect marine wildlife and the fishing, boating, and tourist industries that rely on a healthy ocean.
Now more than ever, it's crucial for us to protect the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body will soon release a draft Ocean Action Plan, and we'll have 45 days to make public comment. The American Littoral Society is bringing your voices straight to Congress. In a few weeks, we will take your signatures in person to your Congress members to show your support for strong ocean conservation.
Speak up: Tell Congress to protect the Mid-Atlantic Coast and Ocean by signing the petition.
Everyone deserves healthy oceans. Everyone deserves to vacation at a beach without trash. Everyone deserves to take their kids fishing without concern for mercury or toxins. And we deserve to have robust coastal communities and ocean and coastal economies.
Luckily, we have the National Ocean Policy, which represents a huge step forward for anyone who treasures our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. Full implementation of the National Ocean Policy will help move our country towards management that protects, maintains, and restores ocean and coastal ecosystems while providing all the things that we need and enjoy from our ocean and coasts.
To ensure that we fulfill the full potential of the National Ocean Policy, Congress must ensure restrictions are not placed on implementation. Importantly, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are poised to finalize the first ever regional ocean plans that will guide how our federal, state and Tribal governments work together with stakeholders to use data and coordinating actions to identify the ecologically special places and spur sustainable uses in the ocean.
Now more than ever we need our elected leaders to support full implementation of the National Ocean Policy.
During June, National Oceans Month, please join us and send Congress a message to support full implementation of the National Ocean Policy.
To sign the petition, please click here.
is a project website for the American Littoral Society.
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.
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