Profile: Joanna Malaczynski
Ocean Policy Outreach Coordinator
Joanna Malaczynski is the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Policy Outreach Coordinator. Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to protection of the ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
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Our Sign-the-Surfboard campaign is an active step to demonstrate the coastal recreation industry’s opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Coastal recreation and tourism are major economic drivers for our communities and the nation as a whole. And the expansion of offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico would pose a serious threat to these industries by threatening our natural resources, local economies, and way of life.
Is there any doubt left that the oil and gas industry is seeking to carve up the Atlantic Ocean for offshore drilling? The federal government has released a map showing where companies want to conduct seismic surveys for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. The permit applications span from Delaware to Florida and target seismic testing from close to shore to over 500 miles out. Many of the applications overlap each other in territory, which means that places like the Outer Banks will be particularly vulnerable to the destructive effects of seismic testing.