Sixty academics, advocates, and citizens concerned about ocean health released an open letter to President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney August 14 urging them to support policies that protect the marine environment. The group calls on the two to support international agreements to restore the health of marine fish and wildlife, to reduce marine pollution, and to develop a national ocean policy that will coordinate federal, state, and regional efforts. The Obama administration is developing a National Ocean Policy to coordinate uses and protections of the coastal marine environment.