Our awareness campaigns are designed to inspire action through awareness about critical issues that effect marine mammals, the oceans, and our own health and well-being.
Because our work is frontline, we see first-hand the impact human interference has on the survival issues that marine mammals face, and we listen to their messages about their health and the health of the ocean. Sharing this information with you is an important part of our mission.
In 2008, The Marine Mammal Center launched its largest outreach campaign project to date called Save Our Seals - Save Ourselves. The goal is to show the connections we all share with marine mammals and the oceans and to inspire their conservation. By leveraging its extensive expertise in marine mammal medicine, the Center strives to expand the public's awareness about the threat marine debris and human interactions have on marine mammals and to encourage them to take action to protect marine mammals and our shared ocean environment.
Each year, trash in the ocean kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles when they ingest or become entangled in it (source: Ocean Conservancy). The goal of this campaign is to educate people more about the harmful effects of our everday trash on marine life and to encourage people to start now by taking a pledge to STOP TRASHING OUR OCEANS!
Knowing what to do when you see a harbor or elephant seal pup alone on a beach can mean the difference between life and death, for newborn pups out on beaches. Leave Seals Be is The Marine Mammal Center's public awareness campaign to let the public know how they can best help seals in distress, which starts with a call to one of our three regional hotlines
The Dollar-a-Pound campaign is a special one that helps The Marine Mammal Center raise the funds needed to purchase upwards of 80,000 pounds of herring and squid to feed elephant seal pups, harbor seal pups, and other patients. During the busy pupping season, between the months of March and May, seal pups may need to be fed as much as five times a day in order to keep up their strength. On average, $10 purchases one meal for one pup.
In 1999, the Center began a three-year public education campaign called Seals Can Talk designed to educate Bay Area and Northern California residents on the role of marine mammals as "sentinels" of ocean health and on the importance of monitoring the health of marine mammals and protecting them.
To stay informed about our campaigns, sign up for our e-mail updates. You may unsubscribe at any time.