Oceans' Eleven

Earthjustice attorneys across eleven offices are using the law to protect the deep seas from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between.    Related Feature »
Beluga whale. (Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com
(Anchorage & Juneau)

Earthjustice's two Alaska offices are working to prevent reckless offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, protect sea lions against large commercial bottom trawlers, and tighten Alaska cruise ship pollution standards.


Earthjustice's California office is protecting the area's endangered salmon and steelhead species, safeguarding against harmful diesel emissions from oceangoing vessels, and stepping up efforts to protect national marine sanctuary resources off of California's coast from speeding ships and conserve forage fish species like anchovies and sardines, which provide food critical to tuna, sea birds, marine mammals, and other species.

BP Gulf oil spill. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo / AMT3 Samuel Barks)

Earthjustice's Florida office is challenging reckless deepwater drilling permits, protecting endangered sea turtles from threats such as longline fishing and emergency sea walls, and working to set nutrient pollution standards to help stop toxic algae blooms along the state's pristine coastline

Shipping vessel.

Earthjustice's international office is working to create and strengthen laws in Latin America to protect coral reefs from harmful development projects, build the resilience of marine ecosystems to ocean acidification, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, black carbon and other pollutants from ships, provide legal advocacy to small island states on climate change impacts, and ensure strong international standards on best practices for oil spill response and prevention in the Arctic.

Sea Turtle.

Earthjustice's Hawai'i office is protecting false killer whales, Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, humpback whales, and other marine species, as well as fighting water pollution and safeguarding shorelines and coral reefs.

Gulf oil spill. (Gulf Restoration Network.)

Earthjustice's Northeast office is partnering with allies in the Gulf of Mexico to obtain information about chemical dispersants used in response to the BP oil spill disaster, working to ensure that chemicals used in response to oil spills in the future don't further contaminate the ocean environment, and challenging dirty energy projects that increase carbon emissions and warm the world's oceans.

A view of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. (Gene Sentz.)
Northern Rockies

Earthjustice's Northern Rockies office is working to protect undeveloped public forest lands in Idaho and northwest Montana that contribute pristine water to the Pacific Ocean and provide habitat for spawning Pacific Northwest salmon, and to stop mines and other developments that increase greenhouse gas emissions, which warm and acidify the Earth's oceans.

J pod, Admiralty Inlet, Feb. 20, 2011 (Susan Berta, Orca Network)

Earthjustice's Seattle office is safeguarding endangered species like orcas, preventing toxic stormwater pollution runoff, and protecting endangered salmon from harmful pesticides, outdated dams and irresponsible irrigation projects.

Industrial gas flare.
Rocky Mountains

Earthjustice's Rocky Mountain office advocates effective regulation of various industrial, mining and other practices and developments which, left unchecked or inadequately controlled, can have substantial impacts on ocean waters, as illustrated by its challenges to irresponsible subsidies for oil shale development, which increases carbon emissions that warm and acidify ocean waters.

Port Clyde, Maine. (Raviya Ismail / Earthjustice)
Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice's D.C. office is working to protect sea turtles, whales, and bluefin tuna in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, reform destructive herring and mackerel trawl fisheries, end overfishing, and promote healthy ocean ecosystems in New England and along the east coast, clean up pollution in America's largest estuary (the Chesapeake Bay), and reduce carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions, which pollute and warm ocean waters.

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