Ocean Conservancy is saddened to learn that two of the ocean’s greatest allies will be leaving Congress.
Tim McHugh, Media Relations Manager
Telephone: (202) 351-0492
March 2, 2012
Washington, DC - With the announcement this week of the retirement of Senator Olympia Snowe and Congressman Norm Dicks, Ocean Conservancy offers the following statement from president and CEO Vikki Spruill:
“Ocean Conservancy is saddened to learn that two of the ocean’s greatest allies will be leaving Congress. America’s coasts - and the ocean as a whole - are healthier, cleaner, and safer because of the leadership of both Senator Olympia Snowe and Congressman Norm Dicks.
“As the top republican on the Senate’s Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard subcommittee, Senator Snowe has been a long-time supporter of NOAA and its ocean and coastal missions. Her oversight has made NOAA stronger, and made its work more effective both for the ocean environment and for American taxpayers. Senator Snowe has consistently worked in a courageous and bipartisan fashion to drive ocean policy forward on key issues like harmful algal blooms, oil spill prevention, ocean acidification, ocean science, coral reef protection, establishing a national endowment for the oceans, and fisheries management.
“As a top member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Dicks has supported significant federal funding for protecting and restoring ocean and coastal ecosystems like the Puget Sound. He has been a long-time champion for protecting the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws important to the ocean. He is a major proponent for funding protection and restoration efforts to help save salmon populations that are crucial to our ocean ecosystems. He has a pioneering voice on emerging ocean issues like ocean acidification. Thanks to his tireless work, the oceans and coasts of both Washington state and our entire nation are healthier and better-protected
“These two leaders will be sorely missed and the voice for the ocean will be quieter in Congress for their departures. But for now we simply want to thank Senator Snowe and Congressman Dicks for their thoughtful leadership and the work they have done to ensure a healthy ocean, and hence a healthy planet and a stronger country, for generations to come. “
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