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Bay Nature magazineOct-Dec 2003 Issue

Ocean Awareness Campaign

by on October 01, 2003

As thousands of monarchs return to the protection of the California State Park system, a coalition of marine conservation organizations wants to remind Americans that less than one percent of the world’s ocean waters benefit from such government-administered refuges. The Less Than One media campaign is a joint effort of the conservation organization SeaWeb and the Ocean Wilderness Network, an alliance seeking to raise awareness of how human economic and recreational activities are affecting the world’s oceans. The campaign promotes the creation of protected marine reserves along the Pacific Coast, as well as enhancement of existing ones. Recent studies indicate that numerous, small, interconnected reserves benefit ocean ecosystems more effectively than larger, isolated ones. In California’s 62 state-managed marine reserves the capture, or “taking,” of fish and other wildlife is forbidden, giving these organisms an opportunity to regenerate depleted populations. Local species likely to benefit from marine reserves include harbor and elephant seals, stellar sea lions, rockfish, abalone, gray and humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, leatherback turtles, and brown pelicans. Groups such as Environmental Defense are simultaneously pushing to strengthen the national marine sanctuary program, which protects against oil and gas exploration but not commercial and recreational activities. To take part in the campaign, visit www.lessthanone.org and click “Help Now.”

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Freda Antoine on March 10th, 2013 at 10:34 am

We are in the process of working on our website. We would like to partner with you and invite you to our CRISP Block party. It is a youth led event to educate and bring attention to Ocean Awareness, Conservation and Protection. COB is an interactive community outreach event bringing different and diverse City, County, State, public and non-profit groups together in West Hollywood. Our goal is to reach out to the community, to educate and make them aware of the various issues facing our oceans and its environment, as well as what is being done to protect it. These groups will have their interactive booths to foster a fun environment where one can learn and create. We would love for you to participate!

Dan Rademacher on March 10th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

This sounds great! But we’re based up in Berkeley, so West Hollywood is outside our orbit. Good luck though, and have fun!

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