The Pacific Life Foundation today announced a $2 million grant to four national marine mammal and ocean-focused nonprofit agencies. Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund will each receive a commitment of $500,000 distributed over a five year period, with the first payment in 2017.
“For over two decades, the Pacific Life Foundation has advocated for the conservation and research of marine mammals and to improve the health of our oceans,” said Tennyson Oyler, president of the Pacific Life Foundation. “The humpback whale is at the heart of the Pacific Life brand and we feel it’s critical to support these agencies in their work to protect ocean health and marine mammal life.”
Funding from the Pacific Life Foundation will support:
Since 1992, the Pacific Life Foundation has provided more than $14 million in grants that have directly supported healthy oceans and the conservation of marine mammals.
“We are honored to have the support from the Pacific Life Foundation for our critical work to protect marine wildlife and coastal communities from the pervasive issue of marine debris,” said Janis Searles Jones, CEO of Ocean Conservancy. “Through Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, more than 11 million volunteers have removed over 220 million pounds of trash from our beaches and waterways. With the Pacific Life Foundation’s support, we will be able to bring new volunteers from around the world to help meet our goal of trash free seas.”
“We are incredibly grateful to the Pacific Life Foundation for this generous commitment to support Oceana’s science-based fishery management work,” said Oceana CEO, Andy Sharpless. “With these funds, Oceana will work to win victories for our oceans, campaign for policies that will protect whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles from entanglement in fishing gear and promote responsible fishing in the United States.”
“The Pacific Life Foundation funding will directly support our programs in California's fisheries as we invest in technology, innovative gear and fishing practices that protect marine life such as whales and sea turtles while creating more resilient fisheries,” said Michael Bell, director of the California Coastal and Marine Program at The Nature Conservancy.
“Ensuring our marine ecosystems are healthy and resilient is the core of ocean conservation,” said Michele Kuruc, vice president, Ocean Policy, World Wildlife Fund. “The Pacific Life Foundation’s generous donation will help advance our efforts to improve fisheries, strengthen our investments in new technologies, and drive policy results that help protect the abundant biodiversity our oceans provide.”
About Pacific Life and the Pacific Life Foundation
The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed more than $100 million to community and national nonprofit organizations. Grants are made to organizations that address a broad spectrum of social needs.
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