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The California’s Thank You Ocean Campaign is a nonprofit partnership supported by the State of California, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Communicators Alliance. The campaign mission is to unite voices and amplify messages to raise ocean awareness and promote everyday actions that protect the ocean.

The campaign features an inspiring public service announcement (PSA) produced by world-renowned cinematographer, Bob Talbot, and a“Don’t Trash the Beach” PSA featuring actor and activist, Edward James Olmos, an advertising campaign, a extensive toolkit for the California Ocean Communicators Alliance, a bi-weekly podcast series featuring leaders in ocean policy, and this Web site. The campaign is focused on educating the public about the importance of sustaining ocean life and inspiring Californians to practice ocean stewardship to alleviate four major threats to the ocean:

Award-Winning Campaign

In 2008, the Thank You Ocean Campaign received the Coastal America Award, the highest award from the White House, for its ocean and coastal initiatives. In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed June 8, 2008 “Thank You Ocean Day” throughout California to coincide with World Ocean Day.

Thank You Ocean Campaign Leadership, Staff & Consultants

The Thank You Ocean Campaign is co-chaired by:

  • Matt Stout, Chief of Staff, Communications and Media, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Amy Vierra, Deputy Director, California Ocean Protection Council

Several staff members support the campaign as well, including:

  • Sarah Marquis, West Coast/Pacific Media Coordinator, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Valerie Termini, Project Manager, California Ocean Protection Council
  • Miho Umezawa, Project Manager, Thank You Ocean

Thank You Ocean Videos Related to the ​ National Marine Sanctuary System​

California's Whale Trail

Elephant Seals: Back from the Brink

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

Ocean for Life 2013

Crazy Days of Summer Fun

109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

Sanctuary Exploration Center

West Coast Ship Strikes

California Coast: Whale World (Part 1)

Enjoy, But Do Not Disturb Coastal Wildlife

National Marine Sanctuaries

Ocean for Life 2011

Youth: The Next Wave for Change

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