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About Ocean Champions

Ocean Champions, a 501(c)(4) organization, with a connected political action committee Ocean Champions PAC, is the first national organization of its kind focused solely on oceans and ocean wildlife. Ocean Champions mission is to build the political power necessary to ensure thriving oceans and coasts. Our goal is to develop a broad, bipartisan base of supporters from which to cultivate political champions for ocean conservation in the U.S. Congress and in key states. Ultimately, the aim is to create a political environment where protecting and restoring the oceans is a priority of federal and state governments.

Consistent and Growing Electoral Success

Year Won Lost Winning % Highlights
2004 11 3 79% – Helped elect 2 new Members
2006 16 4 80% – Defeated Ocean Enemy #1, Richard Pombo
2008 28 6 82% – 6 Committee / Subcommittee Chairs
– 6 new Members (3 House, 3 Senate)
2010 23 7 77% – 11 Committee / Subcommittee Chairs
– Beat Pombo again!
2012 43 3 93% – 8 new Congressmen, 3 new Senators
– Ocean champions occupy almost 1/5 of the Senate
2014 54 5 92% -Defeated Ocean Enemy #1 Steve Southerland!
2016 51 6 89% -14 new champions including 8 new members to Congress (6 House, 2 Senate)
Total 226 34 87% – 71 champions serving in the 115th Congress

Since 2004, Ocean Champions has spent over $1.6 million on elections.  This has helped us elect 100 different Members, senior leaders and first time candidates alike.  Our electoral engagement, combined with a pragmatic, politically savvy approach to legislative advocacy has earned us a strong reputation on Capitol Hill, and has translated into a growing list of successful policy victories:

Water Quality & Habitat

  • Helped pass legislation to reduce toxic algal blooms and hypoxia
  • Our champions have led and passed bills to establish estuary conservation programs and address ocean acidification
  • Helped pass the “Trash Free Seas Act” to address ocean garbage
  • Our champions have repelled numerous attempts to expand offshore oil drilling

Fish Conservation

  • Played major role in passing strong U.S. fisheries law
  • Blocked several anti-conservation attacks on successful fisheries management programs
  • Our champions have led and passed bills to fight “pirate fishing”(Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing), and shark finning

Ocean Governance & Funding

  • Played leadership role in obtaining an Executive Order for the first National Ocean Policy
  • Defended the National Ocean Policy by defeating attacks on its funding
  • Playing vital role building support for the first fund for ocean conservation projects

Join Ocean Champions

Your support of Ocean Champions helps ensure that we can keep working to build political champions for the oceans, so we can all enjoy pristine beaches, clean ocean waters, and abundant fish and wildlife for generations to come. Join Ocean Champions today.

Ocean Champions is looking for interns

Northern California Ocean Conservation Internship

The Ocean Conservation Intern/Volunteer Position is designed to introduce college-level individuals to working in the non-profit political sector of ocean conservation. To view the full job description, click here.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and a brief description of why you are interested in this position to: