This past weekend, Oceana hosted the seventh-annual SeaChange Summer Party, a sold-out fundraiser event that raised $1.4 million for the oceans…The program this year focused on protecting the waters off the California coast, and Oceana’s California campaign director Geoff Shester inspired the audience by sharing how the Oceana approach has already produced results in protecting the Pacific.
“Oceana got more than 140,000 square miles of fragile seafloor habitat off this coast closed to destructive bottom trawling. This is an ocean area nearly the size of the state of California! We protected more than 40,000 square miles of critical feeding habitat for the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle off the West Coast,” Shester told the audience. “And we helped ban the sale and trade of shark fins in California, Oregon, and Washington…”
“For seven years, everyone involved with SeaChange has contributed to raising millions of dollars; dollars that provide Oceana with the resources to make a direct, positive, and real impact on the oceans. We’ve raised a staggering $7 million for the oceans!”