You can share the films with your colleagues, friends and groups by signing up to host your own screening. We’ll send you DVDs or download links for free and an online screening toolkit to make planning it easy.
2) Call Your Elected Officials
A quick call to your members of Congress is much better than an email. Identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak with the staff member responsible for tracking the senator/representative’s position on ocean planning.
To find out who represents you, click here or you can text your postal address to 520-200-2223 and you’ll get a text back with the names and numbers of your federal and state representatives.
Before your call, plan what you will say. We offer some suggested language (pdf). Please feel free to adapt it as you like. Here’s a helpful guide on how to effectively talk to your Member of Congress.
3) Stay In Touch
Subscribe to the Ocean Frontiers monthly email newsletter. We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest ocean planning news and information on upcoming screenings.
4) Learn More with these Ocean Planning Resources
National – US
Healthy Oceans Coalition – Network of ocean users, conservationists & concerned citizens supporting ocean planning
Keep the Ocean Working – Personal stories in support of ocean planning
Industry Support letters – Diverse industries have been supporting ocean planning. See examples here and here
National Ocean Council – Charged with implementing the National Ocean Policy See Implementation Plan
US Regional Overview – U.S. ocean planning regions
Northeast Regional Planning Body – Want to know more about the Northeast Ocean Plan, go here!
Northeast Ocean Data Portal – Mapping tool used in ocean planning
Northeast Regional Council on the Ocean (NROC) – Partnership that facilitates the New England states, federal agencies, regional organizations, and other interested regional groups in addressing ocean and coastal issues that benefit from a regional response
The Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan – Rhode Island’s plan for development and protection of their ocean-based resources
Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan – Massachusetts plan for the protection and sustainable use of state ocean waters
Blue Plan for Long Island Sound – Bi-state plan for managing Long Island Sound
Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body – Learn about the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan
Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal – Mapping tool used in ocean planning
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) – Partnership of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to enhance the vitality of the region’s ocean ecosystem and economy
Virginia Coastal Zone Management – Learn more about statewide coastal programs
Virginia Beach Surfrider Chapter – Sign up for their newsletter to get local updates on ocean planning
New York Ocean Action Plan – Ocean plan for managing New York’s state waters
West Coast Regional Planning Body – Partnership of federally-recognized tribes, the states of Washington, Oregon and California, and federal agencies
West Coast Ocean Partnership – State, tribal and federal forum for fostering dialogue on ocean health
Washington Marine Spatial Planning – Check out Washington’s state ocean plan
Other Regions – US
Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body – Partnership to create a regional ocean plan for the coastal and marine areas of the Pacific Islands
Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) – Regional collaboration among North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida focused on environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, and strong economies
GSAA Coast and Ocean Portal – Online toolkit & resource center that consolidates available state, regional, and federal data sets into one location
Gulf of Mexico Alliance – The five U.S. Gulf States: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and federal partners make up the Alliance and together manage the Gulf to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration
British Columbia Marine Spatial Planning – The Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) initiative is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and 17 member First Nations that developed marine use plans for B.C.’s North Pacific Coast