House Passes Save Our Seas 2.0Published on October 9, 2020
The House passed bipartisan legislation led by House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to strengthen the federal response to marine debris.
Save Our Seas 2.0, S. 1982, builds on the original Save Our Seas Act to improve the domestic response to marine debris, incentivize international engagement on marine debris, and strengthen domestic waste management infrastructure to prevent the creation of new marine debris.
Groups that support Save Our Seas 2.0 include: Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society, Conservation International, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Keep America Beautiful, The Marine Mammal Center, New England Aquarium, and Georgia Aquarium.
Bonamici and Young co-chair the House Oceans Caucus, a bipartisan group of House members committed to taking action to protect the health of our ocean. This Congress, the Caucus is focused on environmental stressors (including ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and hypoxia); marine debris; ocean data and monitoring; coastal resiliency; and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.