A 'unified message of hope' on California Ocean Day

Ten years after California began protecting marine areas, hundreds of concerned citizens shared in a message of hope for the Golden State's iconic ocean waters.

Ten years after California began protecting marine areas, hundreds of concerned citizens shared in a message of hope for the Golden State's iconic ocean waters.

On March 15, nearly 330 participants joined together for the 17th annual California Ocean Day. This Environment California-backed event, which included 110 meetings with local legislators, is designed to inspire decision-makers to protect and restore California’s beautiful coastal waters and the abundant wildlife that inhabit them.

"California’s coast and ocean are a vital part of the state’s identity," said Meghan Hurley Environment California oceans campaign associate. "The science shows that we need to protect one third of our oceans to allow ocean life to recover and thrive. This should include more areas off of California’s coast, home to some of the most biodiverse ocean areas in the world."

Environment California and our national network advocate preserving and protecting at least 30% of our oceans and marine ecosystems by 2030.

Visit the CA Oceans Day website.

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MORE NATURE: 30 PERCENT BY 2030 RESOLUTION

The wild places we love and need are under siege from oil drilling, overfishing and other threats. That's why we want to set a national target of protecting 30 percent of our land and 30 percent of our ocean by 2030.

Photo: Environment California State Director Laura Deehan was a featured speaker at Ocean Day 2022, attended by more than 300 ocean supporters. Credit: Staff