I have many concerns about the ocean environment in this day and age. The continued reliance on offshore oil and the threat of new offshore oil development is a big concern with the present administration. We have had too many large disasters with the oil industry, but in the everyday managing of the infrastructure there are always "little" spills that go unnoticed but contribute to the larger problem. Another concern is pollution of the aquatic system, in particular, plastics. Plastics pervade the entire food web now and have replaced mercury, in my opinion, as a much more serious problem. Additionally I am concerned that the leadership in this country is now more interested in profits than protection and is ignoring science in their pursuit of more. I know you were on the Calypso with Captain Cousteau and he was an environmental protection icon that we are missing today. We need more leaders like him to bring these problems to everyone.