In the run up to the European elections in May 2019, Seas At Risk’s member, Surfrider Foundation Europe launched the Voice For the Ocean campaign. The aim is to encourage citizens to “make their voice heard” and speak up for the ocean by completing an online survey.

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The consultation addresses eight issues that are crucial for the ocean and for society as a whole, from water pollution and exploitation of natural resources to coastal management and ocean literacy. The online survey is open until mid-December 2018, and is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Bulgarian.

Once the survey has closed, Surfrider will compile the results and share a summary with the candidates for the European elections. Surfrider Foundation and Seas At Risk hope that politicians will consider the priorities expressed by citizens, and include the protection of the ocean as an important issue in their election programmes.

The campaign can be followed on Twitter at @VFTO_EU.