News Release

Sacramento Ocean Day draws citizens from across the state

April 16 event will include legislative office visits, ocean science luncheon, and sustainable seafood reception
For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.

Ocean Day features a noon seminar hosted by the California State University’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science, and Technology. Top ocean scientists from across California will converse with legislative staff on the success of California’s Marine Life Protection act and the next steps for protecting and strengthening California’s newly minted network of underwater parks. In the evening, Monterey Bay Aquarium is hosting an invitation-only banquet to honor individuals and groups that have championed ocean health in California over the past year.

 

WHAT:         Sacramento Ocean Day

 

WHEN:         Tuesday, April 16

                8:00am – 9:00am: kickoff

                        9:00am – 5:00pm: visits with legislators (closed to press)

8:30am – 1:30pm: Educational lawn event

11:45am-1:15pm: CSU COAST briefing on Adaptive Management of California's Marine Protected Areas

WHERE:      

                        Kickoff – Old Capitol cafeteria

                        Lawn event – Capitol lawn, Intersection of L and 11th Streets

                        COAST briefing – CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento

WHO:                        

Organizations include:

Environment California

Azul

Ocean Conservancy

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Natural Resources Defense Council

Heal the Bay

Surfrider Foundation

California Coastkeeper Alliance

California Coastal Coalition

7th Generation Advisers

 

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