Margaret Spring Appointed to CA Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees

Dec 04, 2014

Conservation & Science

Monterey Bay Aquarium Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer Margaret Spring has been named to the board of trustees of California’s Ocean Science Trust – the non-profit organization that provides rigorous science to underpin decisions about the future of California’s coast and ocean.

An official announcement was made this week at a meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council in Sacramento

Spring and Nancy Sutley, who headed the White House Council on Environmental Quality for the past five years, were appointed by California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird. Spring also currently sits on the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council.

“I am grateful to Secretary Laird for the honor of serving on the Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees and I’m excited to be joining at this important moment,” Spring said. “This innovative science organization is uniquely poised to gather exceptional and forward-thinking scientific advice for our leaders as they shape California’s ocean and coastal future.”

Spring directs the aquarium’s conservation and science efforts, which include research programs involving sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and other species, as well as its respected Seafood Watch program and ocean policy initiatives.

Before coming to the aquarium in 2013, she served at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013, first as Chief of Staff and then as Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. Spring earlier directed coastal and marine programs for The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter, and was senior counsel, then general counsel, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she played an important role advising members of Congress on ocean issues and developing key ocean legislation.

About Monterey Bay Aquarium

The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. In 2014 the aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the 15th anniversary of its Seafood Watch program.  

About Ocean Science Trust

Ocean Science Trust is a team of natural and social scientists, policy experts, technologists and communications professionals working together for healthy, resilient and productive oceans in California. We believe that science is an important foundation of resource management and conservation decisions. We work across traditional boundaries between governments, scientists and citizens to build understanding and trust in science and empower.



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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.