Ocean Champions

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Ocean Champions
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Headquarters Capitola, California
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Website www.oceanchampions.org

Ocean Champions, a 501(c)(4) environmental organization in the United States with a connected political action committee (Ocean Champions PAC), is the first national organization of its kind focused solely on oceans and ocean wildlife.[1]

Their goal is to create a political environment where protecting and restoring the oceans is a national government priority.[2] They do this by helping to elect pro-ocean Congressional candidates and working to defeat the others.[1][3] Ocean Champions engages with members of Congress to pass pro-ocean laws and shoot down bills that would harm the ocean.[1][3] Co-founder David Wilmot defines the organization as a “blue group”, instead of a “green group” to emphasize its focus on the oceans. In 2016, Ocean Champions made history! For the first time in the history of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards an organization will receive the highly regarded Excellence in Policy Award. Ocean Champions and its Co-Founder, David Wilmot, Ph.D., have been named this year's awardee. [1][4]

Organization[edit]

Ocean Champions was founded by marine biologist David Wilmot and environmental attorney Jack Sterne in 2003.[4][5] Currently (2011), David Wilmot is the group’s President and the Executive Director is Mike Dunmyer.[3] The group is headquartered on the west coast in Capitola, California,[6] and has since added an office on the east coast in Delaware. On Earth Day 2011, Ocean Champions was recognized as a certified Monterey Bay Area Green Business.[7]

Political action[edit]

Some of the issues that Ocean Champions has lobbied in Congress include: harmful algal blooms, ending overfishing, national ocean policy (OCEANS-21), national endowment for the oceans, offshore oil drilling, water pollution prevention and ocean acidification.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Ocean Champions has supported over 50 Congressmen/women since the 109th United States Congress election in 2004. Ocean Champions works with both Democrats and Republicans.[4][1]

Ocean Champions supported Rep. Farr and worked to defeat re-election of Representative Richard Pombo in 2006.[21][22]

From 2004 to 2014, Ocean Champions has had an 86% success rate of endorsed candidates winning their respective elections. In 2014 Ocean Champions defeated Ocean Enemy #1 Steve Southerland! and support 68 champions serving in the 114th Congress.[3]

Ocean topics[edit]

Though young, Ocean Champions has already achieved several legislative victories, and that influence continues to grow. Ocean Champions was a major player in the re-authorization of a stronger Magnuson-Stevens fisheries management law, and helped defeat a farm bill amendment that would have exacerbated overfishing.[10]

Key Champions in Congress helped protect the moratorium on new oil drilling off our coasts in 2006 and 2007 and led the efforts in holding BP accountable in 2010.[23][24][16][17][18][19] Ocean Champions played a key role in obtaining the President’s Executive Order for a National Ocean Policy.[9][25] Also in 2010, the organization led the charge on a House bill to reduce toxic algae blooms and ocean dead zones that passed the House, but just missed passing the Senate.[26] This bill enjoys bipartisan support and has good prospects in 2011.[27]

In the 112th Congress, Ocean Champions are focusing on a number of ecosystem issues, including ending overfishing, reducing coastal water pollution and protecting coral reefs, such as through the introduction of The National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes Act.[20] This proposal is meant to preserve the ecosystems that coastal communities and economies depend on.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cathy Zollo (August 9, 2004). "New 'blue movement' looking out for the oceans". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Scripps Howard news Agency. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mike Dunmyer: Executive Director of Ocean Champions". Big Bend Magazine, The Nature Connection: Nature, Science, and Environment Online Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "SOC 2011: Senate Oceans Caucus Inaugural Reception". Consortium for Ocean Leadership. September 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Rex Dalton (September 29, 2005). "Scientists unite in bid to drive policy". Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 437 (7059): 600. PMID 16193001. doi:10.1038/437600a. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rising Tide Strategies Jack Sterne
  6. ^ Terri Morgan (August 5, 2007). "Increase in red tides prompting environmentalists to seek answers". Connie Mack Press Office. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ocean Champions in Capitola Recognized as a Certified Green Business". Times Publishing Group, Inc. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ S. 1701: Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011
  9. ^ a b "Ocean Champions Community Pushes for OCEANS-21 Bill". Reuters News Service (press release). March 6, 2008. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b NOAA Fisheries Feature Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act of 2006
  11. ^ Gov Track Legislation: H. Res. 989: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national
  12. ^ Gov Track Legislation: H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
  13. ^ Gov Track Legislation: S 173: The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009
  14. ^ "Sen. Barbara Boxer and other Democrats want criminal probe of Gulf oil spill". The Christian Science Monitor. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  15. ^ John M Broder (18 May 2010). "U.S. to Split Up Agency Policing the Oil Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Response Efforts to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Hearing Before The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation United States Senate
  17. ^ a b S. 3358: West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2010
  18. ^ a b S.685 - Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2010
  19. ^ a b S. 258: Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act
  20. ^ a b c Peter Neill (7 July 2011). "National Endowment for the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  21. ^ Kurtis Alexander (July 24, 2008). "Tiny Capitola environmental group works to shape November elections". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  22. ^ David M. Drucker (November 27, 2006). "Richard Pombo: A Once And Future Congressman?". Roll Call. Washington, DC. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Sen. Barbara Boxer and other Democrats want criminal probe of Gulf oil spill". The Christian Science Monitor. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  24. ^ John M Broder (18 May 2010). "U.S. to Split Up Agency Policing the Oil Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  25. ^ Sam Farr, sponsor (January 5, 2009). "H.R.21 - Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act". Open Congress. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  26. ^ H.R. 3650: Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2010
  27. ^ S. 1701: Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011

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