Call on the Biden Administration to Protect Our Ocean

Call on the Biden Administration to Protect Our Ocean

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Shortly after taking office, President Biden signed an executive order promising to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. ocean areas and 30 percent of our lands and inland waters. This initiative is known as "30x30," and now the Biden administration is taking an important step toward making it a reality by asking for public input on how they should conserve and restore our ocean.

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Shortly after taking office, President Biden signed an executive order promising to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. ocean areas and 30 percent of our lands and inland waters. This "30x30" initiative is critical to helping fight the climate crisis, safeguard our air and water quality, protect our health and food supply, and prevent mass wildlife extinctions.

Now, the Biden administration is taking an important step toward making 30x30 a reality. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is inviting public input on how they should conserve and restore our ocean.

Join our call urging NOAA to enact meaningful ocean protections that will fight climate change and slow the loss of biodiversity.

Sign NRDC's letter calling on NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad to set bold, meaningful goals for protecting our ocean from biodiversity loss and climate change.
Sign NRDC's letter calling on NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad to set meaningful goals for protecting our ocean from biodiversity loss and climate change.

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Dear Administrator Spinrad:

As your agency implements the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030, we urge you to set meaningful ocean protections that will slow the loss of biodiversity and address the devastating impacts of climate change.

Fully or highly protected marine areas are the most effective tool we have for preserving ocean ecosystems. These strong protections provide safe havens — the ocean's equivalent of the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park — where ocean life can recover and thrive without threats from commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling.

Only about 23 percent of U.S. ocean areas are fully or highly protected. These areas are almost entirely in the western Pacific and northwestern Hawaii, leaving unique, biologically rich, and highly vulnerable areas off the continental U.S. coasts unprotected.

We urge NOAA to achieve the 30 percent target through strong protections for a diversity of ocean habitats that represent the full range of America's marine ecosystems.

Thank you for inviting public input on this important initiative and helping deliver significant and lasting benefits for biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, and climate resilience.

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