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The Senate and the Sea

On August 29, representatives from six congressional offices and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited the National Aquarium for an educational day focused on ocean conservation! 

Published September 07, 2017

The U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan group of senators that works to raise awareness of coastal and marine issues. Founded—and co-chaired since 2011—by Senator Murkowski of Alaska and Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island, the group now comprises 30 senators. These ocean champions and their staff find common ground on legislation affecting the ocean, Great Lakes, coasts and the communities and businesses that rely on these resources. One example is the Save Our Seas Act, which recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. 

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The day began with an overview of the Aquarium’s conservation priorities and a brief dive into how we work on urban conservation, water quality and aquaculture. During their visit, senators discussed marine debris and plastic pollution, toured the Aquarium, met with our conservation leaders and even paid a visit to our pollution-fighting-neighbor, Mr. Trash Wheel!

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The visit was part of the National Aquarium’s commitment to educating the public about the importance of ocean conservation. We support the mission of the Senate Oceans Caucus and will continue to encourage their efforts to protect our waterways for future generations. 

Learn more about combating marine debris and plastic pollution here!

 
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