Healthy Oceans Blog

The Healthy Ocean Coalition Applauds the Administration's National Conservation Strategy to Conserve & Restore Nature by 2030

The Healthy Ocean Coalition (HOC) applauds today’s efforts by the Biden Administration to advance its goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands, waters, and ocean by 2030 (30x30). On January 27th, President Biden established this first-ever national goal to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and ocean by 2030 and tasked the Department of Interior with developing a report recommending steps to reach this goal in concert with Tribal governments, state and local entities, and stakeholders. Today’s report, Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful, provides more detail around this ambitious vision for conservation in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Importantly, the report highlights the need for locally driven conservation efforts informed by stakeholder engagement. The Healthy Ocean Coalition was founded on the idea that national visions for conservation must be informed and shaped by local voices who live, work, fish, recreate, and steward the lands and waters. We are heartened to see a commitment to inclusivity, engagement, and local knowledge in meeting the 30x30 goal.

The Healthy Ocean Coalition is a community of dedicated, passionate people working alongside local, state, and Tribal governments and stakeholders to conserve the ocean and coastal ecosystems we all rely on for our health and livelihoods.

The Healthy Ocean Coalition has worked to connect grassroots and community voices into federal ocean policy for more than ten years. We are incredibly pleased to see the federal government understand and lift up the importance of hearing from diverse American voices.

— Sarah Winter Whelan, Executive Director, Healthy Ocean Coalition

As an organization of marine scientists, Marine Conservation Institute enthusiastically supports the Biden administration “goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030” because good science shows that is the minimum level of protection the oceans need to prevent species extinctions, loss of biodiversity and diminishing abundance of important marine life as climate change and other human stressors intensify.

— Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute

Tenki Tenki US President Biden! Given that the Gullah/Geechee Nation literally resides in the Atlantic Ocean, your 30 x 30 plan will assist with the continuation of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage. We appreciate the fact that it supports our Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Plan because we see the land as our family and the waterways as our bloodline. So, protecting and healing the land and the water will assist with keep the Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage alive on the Sea Islands. WE look forward to working with you to advance the plan.

— Queen Quet Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Founder, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

The Administration’s conservation report promotes locally-driven, science-based solutions to conserve our natural heritage, including our ocean. This is an exciting opportunity for Americans to come together to protect the ocean areas they love. Providing strong protections—the ocean’s equivalent of a Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park—where ocean life can thrive, strengthens our planet’s resilience in the face of climate change, and will yield huge dividends in a climate-stressed world.

— Alison Chase, Policy Analyst, NRDC

The Ocean River Institute commends President Biden’s 30 by 30 plan for the practice of environmental subsidiarity involving those closest to the land and sea in federal management informed by both science and local knowledge from diverse perspectives. Healthier landscapes and seascapes will restore water and carbon cycles for better climate and quality of life for all.

— Rob Moir, Executive Director, Ocean River Institute

We will update this post with reactions from HOC members throughout the week.