WHAT: Oceana will hold a press conference to release the results of a poll of cruise passengers about their views on the cruise industry's environmental practices. Oceana will also release a report on the poll results, Needless Cruise Pollution: Passengers Want Sewage Dumping Stopped.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at Noon. Light lunch will be provided.
WHERE: The Miami Beach Botanical Garden, which is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive across from Hall D of the Miami Beach Convention Center.
WHO: Jackie Savitz, Senior Scientist for Oceana. Ross Klein, former passenger and author of two books on the cruise industry. Local citizens concerned about cruise ship pollution.
WHY: Cruise ships are needlessly dumping vast amounts of raw sewage and other harmful wastes into some of the most pristine parts of our oceans every day. An average-sized cruise ship carrying 3,000 passengers and crew generates 30,000 gallons of raw sewage every day. Discharges from cruise ships endanger our oceans, marine life and human health. Seatrade, the largest cruise industry conference in the United States, is meeting at the Miami Beach Convention Center on March 3-7. Oceana and Florida citizens want to let the industry know what its passengers think of this needless pollution and are calling on the industry to change its practices.
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Photo and video opportunities available. Parking is available in the convention lot next to the Botanical Gardens.
Oceana is a non-profit international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans through policy advocacy, science, law and public education. Founded in 2001, Oceana's constituency includes members and activists from more than 150 countries and territories who are committed to saving the world's marine environment. In 2002, the American Oceans Campaign became part of Oceana's international effort to protect ocean ecosystems. Oceana, headquartered in Washington, D.C., also maintains regional offices in Alaska, California and New England and is currently establishing offices in Latin America and Europe.