Ocean conservation should not be a matter of partisan division. Unfortunately, to a greater rather than lesser degree, it is. The
Friday night in
"We are proud to share that our efforts have helped put a stop to the inhumane slaughter of sharks," Oceana Board of Directors Chairman Keith Addis said, explaining to the audience that uncontrolled over fishing of sharks, specifically for the harvest of fins to satisfy a worldwide demand for shark fin soup, had created a significant natural imbalance in the ocean's food chain. "Fisherman catch the sharks, cut off their fins, then throw them back into the ocean where they sink to the bottom and drown."
Such inhumane practice is unacceptable to any decent human being, regardless of political affiliation. Clearly, without some important governmental supervision, not just on the part of the United States, but in cooperation with other nations, mankind's reckless nature in pursuit of a buck will eventually create irreversible damage to the oceans and then to mankind itself.
SeaChange Oceana in general attracts major celebrity support. Those taking a cynical view might claim that the attendance of such famous faces as
The celebrity support is far more important than simple sizzle to attract the public.
Addis said that he requested a meeting between Jones and Sen.
It is a delicate balance, not without great challenge. On this one Friday evening on the
Among the generous were Marsha and Darrel Anderson, Tricia and Michael Berns, Leslie and Dino Cancellieri, Nadine and Robert Hall, Karen and Jack Swickard, Hal Harley, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Susan and David Rockefeller, and Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom.
Also supporting Oceana were Sue and Ralph Stern, Diana Martin, Nancy and L.D. Christiano, Gail and Ron Soderling, Idit and Moti Ferder, Beverly Factor, Lilly and Paul Merage, Joyce and Tom Tucker, and Valaree and Robert Wahler.
The evening began with a sunset cocktail reception where the celebrities greeted the local patrons. A fabulous served dinner followed on the expansive lawn of the Cahill estate. Auction items were literally "world-class" culminating in a vacation stay at a European villa owned by
Bridges, co-host of the event and recent Academy Award winner for his leading role in "Crazy Heart" entertained the crowd on his guitar with a full blown 45-minute performance. Also entertaining the crowd was