Big wins in protecting our planet’s oceans
Surfrider secured 10 victories to protect ocean ecosystems in 2019. The organization helped to block new offshore drilling proposed in more than 90 percent of U.S. waters by the current administration. The Surfrider network educated millions of people about the threat of offshore drilling, organized thousands of businesses in opposition, and helped pass hundreds of community resolutions protecting the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. Surfrider also helped establish state offshore drilling bans in Oregon, New York, Maine, and New Hampshire, adding to bans recently passed in California, Florida and New Jersey. The organization’s Stop Offshore Drilling campaign continues with the goal of passing a federal ban on new oil and gas drilling in all U.S. waters.