The President’s budget puts our ocean at risk

The Trump administration just released devastating budget cuts for our ocean. The president's budget has officially placed coastal communities and ocean health on the chopping block, with a nearly $1 billion cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) budget.

This new budget presents some of the largest cuts we've ever seen for our ocean. The budget’s devastating cuts mean that critical functions that you and I depend on every day are in jeopardy—like our coastal and fisheries management, climate research and weather satellites.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress these cuts are unaccceptable for our ocean, our families and our coastal communities.

This isn’t just about the numbers—this is about people. These budget cuts have real world impacts on people’s lives:

  • Local fishermen depend on NOAA’s Sea Grant program for coastal industries the same way farmers receive support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and its elimination would disrupt entire businesses along our coasts and lakes.

  • Veterinarians rely on NOAA to conduct vital research to protect whales from ship strikes and ocean toxins.

  • States, tribes and families living on the coast count on NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grants to assess coastal risks and provide storm warnings.

Our ocean contributes $359 billion to our national economy, and these cuts would have a devastating impact on the seafood, restaurant and tourism industries and local coastal economies. Even more, NOAA is essential for protecting endangered species, keeping trash off our coastlines and keeping our families safe in the event of storms.

brigitte, will you take action today to protect our coastal communities and the people and wildlife who rely on our ocean?

For our ocean,

Jeff Watters

Director of Government Relations

Ocean Conservancy

Comments (4)
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and today is an announcement from Trump that will lead to a monumental mistake.
Making America great again?


It's a shame, but now is the time more than ever to take individual action to help save the environment, and not rely solely on governmental action. There's always something we can do




Action on behalf of the oceans is definitely necessary! One would think that Trump would want Mar-a-Lago to stay beautiful, right? This could be devastating.