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April 02, 2015

TAKING ACTION IN SACRAMENTO

Fay Crevoshay
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On March 24, WILDCOAST traveled to the California State Capitol in Sacramento to participate in Ocean Day California and advocate for the conservation of California's coast and ocean.

"We met with our representatives and talked to them about the need to continue supporting our Marine Protected Area (MPA) network that safeguards some of our state's most valuable natural capital - the coast and ocean," said Serge Dedina, Executive Director of WILDCOAST.

"We also encouraged legislators to support efforts to reduce plastics in our ocean and to fund scientific and community monitoring within new MPAs," explained Zach Plopper, WILDCOAST's Conservation Director and one of the leaders of the California MPA Collaborative.

"We also talked to our representatives about opposing weakening California's landmark ban on single-use plastic bags and asked them to support AB 888, which renews the effort to ban plastic microbeads used in toothpaste, facial scrubs, and other personal care products," explained Fay Crevoshay, Communications and Policy Director at WILDCOAST.

"California uses over 13 billion of the bags every year, many of which end up in our oceans, where, along with microbeads, they are mistaken for food and ingested by fish and birds. Microbeads are very toxic," said Diane Castañeda, WILDCOAST's Marine Conservation Program Coordinator.

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