Sam Waterston Delivers Keynote Remarks at UN World Oceans Day Event - Oceana

Sam Waterston Delivers Keynote Remarks at UN World Oceans Day Event

Press Release Date: June 9, 2021

Location: Washington, DC


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Anna Baxter

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, actor and Oceana Board Chair Sam Waterston made keynote remarks at the virtual United Nations annual World Oceans Day event (UNWOD). Waterston spoke to the event’s 2021 theme, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, emphasizing the importance of healthy and abundant oceans to people and the planet.

“This World Oceans Day, let’s promise one another to keep alive the extraordinary hope and resolve it takes to make a difference: to restore ocean life – the life of our planet – and to safeguard the livelihoods and well-being of our neighbors,” Waterston said. “An abundant ocean is a healthier and more biodiverse ocean. And by increasing ocean abundance, we can help feed a billion people a healthy seafood meal every day, forever. This is why we at Oceana believe that we must save the oceans to help feed the world.”

Oceana campaigns, country-by-country, to win national policy change proven to increase ocean abundance and biodiversity. By implementing science-based fisheries management, protecting critical habitat, and taking other sensible policy actions, governments can restore our oceans. Oceana currently campaigns in countries that, together, account for nearly 30% of the world’s wild fish catch.

This year’s celebration was open to the world by live stream from 10:00AM-5:00PM (EDT) on the United Nations World Oceans Day website ( Waterston’s remarks are available at the 2-hour, 38-minute mark on UNWOD’s live stream. UNWOD was produced in partnership with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global. The event was presented by Oceana corporate partner Blancpain and supported by La Mer.

Sam Waterston is an award-winning actor and has served on Oceana’s board of directors for over a decade. Waterston is a tireless advocate for Oceana’s campaigns, and has testified before national legislatures regarding the prevention of shark finning and the expansion of offshore drilling. He also been a featured speaker (and spokesperson) for Oceana with press around the world, at Oceana’s marquee events and for its campaigns, including a recent Oceana public service announcement calling attention to the dangers of ocean plastic pollution and Oceana’s campaign to pressure companies to provide consumers with plastic-free choices.


Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 225 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that 1 billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit to learn more