The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and SeaWorld Entertainment have announced the creation of the Ocean Health Initiative, a marine conservation program designed to protect and restore coastal and marine habitats around the country.
SeaWorld has pledged $1.5 million over three years for the initiative, which will fund projects and activities through existing NFWF programs, including the conservation and protection of marine wildlife and coastal habitats along the Eastern Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and key estuaries feeding into those bodies of water. The first Ocean Health Initiative grants will be awarded in the fall.
The new initiative is SeaWorld's second commitment to NFWF in 2015. Earlier this year, the company awarded $1.5 million over three years in support of the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.
"Pollution, loss of habitat, and impacts from overfishing continue to threaten many of the native species that inhabit our oceans, estuaries, and coastal wetlands," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "SeaWorld's commitment to this new initiative will bolster conservation efforts across a portfolio of focal species and habitats that, together, represent a comprehensive approach to restoring the health of the oceans."