How important is freshwater to the ocean? According to former Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary manager, Edward Ueber, the freshwater that flows through estuaries to the sea are critical for the survival of marine life. He explains that we need to maintain freshwater flows to the ocean rather than building desalination plants. Ed has a compelling solution to the problem.
Ed Ueber, a former sanctuary manager (Gulf of the Farallones, Cordell Bank) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been integral to ocean management and policy since the 1970s. He has worked successfully with fisherman, political figures, and shipping interests to protect ocean life. Ed shares his wisdom about the ocean, our relationship to it, and how we successfully can work with people who disagree with us.
She is a mother, a volunteer, guardian, author and rebel who thinks big! In 1970, Amy Meyer decided to dedicate her free time to preserve land that in 1972 would become the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Amy tells a story about her role in protecting one of the largest contiguous pieces of land surrounding a major urban area - over 80,000 acres!
For more on this topic, you may want to watch the excellent documentary film: Rebels With a Cause by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto and read Amy's book, New Guardians for the Golden Gate, published by UC Press.
Following in his father's footsteps in the California wild salmon industry, Zeke Grader initially formed a group called Salmon Unlimited that brought together fisherman and conservationists to develop creative ways to protect and preserve salmon fisheries in the west. A passionate activist for commercial fishermen, Zeke is also well versed in ocean ecology. He discusses important issues such as preditor-prey relationships, and how the small crustacean, krill, plays an important role in the ocean food chain. With the encouragement and support by Zeke's nonprofit organizations, legislators were able to get the nation's first krill ban in the Pacific Ocean.