[MARMAM] Call for new student leaders for the American Cetacean Society Student Coalition

Sabena Siddiqui siddiqui at hawaii.edu
Sat Aug 1 18:07:17 PDT 2015

Dear MARMAM subscribers,

The American Cetacean Society Student Coalition(ACSSC) is the student
chapter of the American Cetacean Society (http://acsonline.org/), the
world's oldest whale conservation organization. After 44 years, ACS
continues to be a leader in the field of cetacean education,
conservation, policy, and education. In a time where advocacy can be
characterized by extreme rhetoric that is often counterproductive, we
use science and reason based action to effectively protect cetaceans
and their habitats. The ACSSC believes that there is a need for an
open and productive dialogue between marine mammal researchers and
those who engage in advocacy. The Coalition aims to provide a
much-needed niche within the world of cetacean conservation, research,
education, and policy for students with the support of the American
Cetacean Society.

The ACSSC works to provide students everywhere with an opportunity to
feel inspired, engaged, and empowered among an active community. We
aim to create this community through a web of regional student groups
across the country. One of the benefits of joining the ACS National
Student Coalition is the ability to network and collaborate with your
peers in different disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions to
address the challenges that whales, dolphins, and porpoises face in
today’s complex world.
Leading your own ACS student coalition group can be very rewarding and
fun. ACSSC groups activities have included: water quality testing,
cetacean research, oyster reef restoration, beach clean ups, guest
speakers, panel discussions, documentary screenings, lobbying,
fundraisers, and many social events.  ACSSC groups have implemented
campaigns focusing upon issues such as sustainable seafood and its
impacts upon cetaceans, marine debris and entanglement, captivity, and
more. ACSSC groups have successfully engaged with their local
communities on region specific issues as well. We invite US university
students to lead their own  coastal or landlocked groups.

For more information regarding what is involved in starting your own
student coalition check out our website:
ACSSC website <http://acsscnational.wordpress.com/>

Like us on facebook to see our latest updates and campaign activities:
ACSSC facebook <https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Cetacean-Society-Student-Coalition-ACSSC/177540238954065>

If you are interested and would like assistance in starting your own
group, email us at: acssc.national at gmail.com

Please refer interested students that you may know.

*Sabena Siddiqui    *

*MSc student University of Hawaii*
American Cetacean Society National Student Coalition (ACSSC)
*"P**rotecting whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through
public education, research grants, and conservation actions.*"
ACSSC facebook page
ACSSC website <http://acsscnational.wordpress.com/>
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