Protect the Ocean

Resolution Number 11-04.65

WHEREAS, California has some of the most beautiful oceans and coasts in the world; from San Diego to Santa Monica, Monterey to San Mateo, San Francisco to the Redwood Coast, and our shores between, California's marine areas are unique gems that define the state; and

WHEREAS, beaches, the Pacific Ocean, and waterways are an essential part of California's economy from tourism and fishing to cruises and sporting events, and they provide free and inclusive access to all Californians. Recreational activities such as surfing, swimming, sailing, boating and countless others are enjoyed by millions of Californians and tourists from around the world; and

WHEREAS, California's ocean, beaches and coasts are threatened by a variety of problems, such as marine debris, offshore drilling, pollution, ocean acidification, and overfishing put a strain on our marine ecosystems and the species that live within them.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports protecting and restoring our waterways by curbing pollution with tough permitting and enforcement, preventing runoff and sewage overflows through investment in green infrastructure, protecting and restoring ocean wildlife and habitat through marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries management and through reduction in the use of plastic bags, polystyrene and other marine debris; and 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chair of the California Democratic Party be instructed to send copies of this resolution to elected Democrats in the California State Legislature and The California Congressional delegation.


Sponsored by: Assemblymember Fiona Ma 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party\xe2\x80\xa8
At its 2011 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento
May 1, 2011



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