It was an interesting day on Capitol Hill in Sacramento last Tuesday for the 3rd annual Ocean Day. I teamed up with Paul Hobi from The Ocean Conservancy and Francesca Koe from NRDC to talk to legislators about the California Marine Protected Areas and the bill AB 1998, the state-wide plastic bag ban.
This is one of our meetings with Aracely Campa, a staffer for Assemblymember Anna Caballero. She was really interested in the outreach we were doing for children around the Monterey Bay Area.This was after our great meeting with Stephone Paige, a staff member for Senator Abel Maldonado, he was really shocked to hear about the Great Pacific Gyre and really wanted to keep our sample, I promised I would send him one soon.
Then we met with Julia Brownley, the assemblywoman who authored AB 1998, the state-wide plastic bag ban, we had a great conversation and she was very happy we were in full support of her bill and telling people about it all day.
After our 8 meetings, we were off to the sustainable seafood reception at the Sutter Club. The spread was amazing, since I don't normally eat fish I was a little hesitant until I saw all of the different sustainable options. Tataki Sushi Bar was there, see SOS review of this awesome restaurant here.There were also some delicious oysters from Hog Island that were harvested that morning! So fresh and so yummy!It was a great day all around and we can't wait to be involved again next year!