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Thank You for a Year of Ocean Successes in 2012

Your support helped us work year-round to protect the ocean and keep it healthy

Together we've achieved so much - Thank you for your strong commitment in 2012, and your continued support as we tackle even tougher conservation challenges in the year ahead.

In 2012, Ocean Conservancy celebrated its 40th year of fighting for the health of our largest natural resource—the ocean. We’re proud of our many successes this year as we addressed new challenges with science-based solutions that protect the ocean and improve lives.

This year you helped us:

Restoring the Gulf of Mexico and Ensuring a Thriving Arctic

While 2012 marked the two-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Conservancy has worked for more than two decades in the region.

We know the culture and economy of the Gulf depend on the health of the ecosystem, and that’s why we worked so hard to ensure the passage of the RESTORE Act, which will direct BP fine money toward restoration efforts. By convening a range of partners, experts and regional stakeholders, we’ve also provided decision-makers with recommendations for restoration projects that reflect an integrated Gulf-wide approach, like a plan to better protect sea turtle nesting areas.

In the Arctic, we’re dedicated to finding solutions that will help keep this fragile ecosystem healthy. We know from our experience in the Gulf that more science is needed to inform decisions about whether, where and how to drill, so we’ve called for a time-out on oil and gas activity in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

At the beginning of the year, Shell sued Ocean Conservancy and other conservation groups hoping to move forward with drilling plans. But recently, the company admitted what we’ve known all along: they just aren't ready to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Reducing Ocean Trash and Pollution at the Source

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup continues to mobilize millions of people around the globe to remove trash from our beaches and waterways, and our 2012 Cleanup was no different.

You’ve also helped us direct resources toward addressing debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami by supporting our work to survey beaches in Japan, participate in cleanups in Alaska and help monitor the Pacific Coast for impacts. With the help of our partners in Japan, we convened a tsunami debris response workshop that was attended by Japanese government officials as well as Cleanup coordinators from impacted states.

And this year, we’ve started a year-round movement to stop pollution at the source with Rippl, a mobile application that helps you make simple, sustainable lifestyle choices for a trash-free ocean.

Protecting the Future of Fish and Fishermen

At Ocean Conservancy, we know overfishing harms more than just fish; it harms the fishermen, coastal communities and ecosystems that depend on them. That’s why we’ve spent more than two decades supporting sustainable U.S. fisheries. This year, we took a major step toward protecting the future of fish by filing a lawsuit to prevent overfishing of two critically important species of deepwater grouper. And we’re continuing to work with fishermen to keep our nation’s fisheries laws strong and ensure continued success.

Overfishing isn’t the only threat to fish and fishermen. Humans are changing the ocean’s chemistry and in the process damaging the basic building blocks of life needed by oysters, clams, corals and other animals to make their shells and skeletons. The impacts from ocean acidification are already being seen in the Arctic and the Pacific Northwest, and Ocean Conservancy spent this year working with partners across the United States to raise awareness of this threat to our coastal communities.

Supporting Smart Ocean-use Planning

Millions of jobs and billions of dollars worth of commercial and recreational activity depend on a healthy ocean and coasts, but we're facing a rising tide of competition for these valuable marine resources. Every year, Ocean Conservancy advocates for smart ocean-use planning strategies that help reduce conflict among ocean users, including wildlife. This year, Ocean Conservancy has been helping plan for the ocean of the future by working closely with stakeholders including ports, ocean exploration businesses, fishermen, the tourism industry and offshore renewable energy companies.

One of our most celebrated victories this year was the completion of the nation’s first state-wide network of marine protected areas. Our staff in California has advocated for this network of underwater parks for more than two decades, and a final decision this year to adopt the network finally made it a reality. These marine protected areas are already starting to foster vibrant, healthy ocean habitats for an abundance of sea life, from rockfish and razor clams to stellar sea lions and shorebirds.

Thank YOU

Committed, passionate ocean advocates are central to Ocean Conservancy’s impact. Join us in the fight for a healthy ocean and to stop the damage we see every day. By becoming part of this movement, you help us live out our shared vision: Be counted among the people who understand that we're not healthy without a healthy ocean.

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