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June 8th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

World's biggest fish are dying

Ted Danson says a closed sign on a beach led him on a 20-year quest to save the world's oceans.
Ted Danson says a closed sign on a beach led him on a 20-year quest to save the world's oceans.

Ted Danson
Special to CNN

Today, Monday, June 8, we recognize the first U.N.-sanctioned World Oceans Day. The event comes after years of pressure from conservation groups and thousands of activists who clamored for everyone to know and understand what's happening in our oceans.

I became an ocean activist in 1987. It was the fifth year of "Cheers" and my family moved into a neighborhood that was on the water, in Santa Monica, California. One day I took my daughters to the beach to go swimming, but it was "closed" and I couldn't answer my daughter's question why.

That's really how it started. That and "Cheers" was paying me a lot of money and I felt I had better be responsible with it. So, I started to get involved.

It turned out in our new neighborhood there was a fight to keep Occidental Petroleum from drilling 60 oil wells on Will Rogers State Beach in Los Angeles. They wanted to slant drill into the Santa Monica Bay. The fight was led by a man named Robert Sulnick and we became great friends and found a way to beat them.

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  1. Dan Roman

    We seemly destroy the Planet even before it can mutate itself to our changes. When the resources diminish to a point that the sea and the forest of the world can no longer give us their treasures, and when real fruit, vegetables, seafood, and meat are rare, commodities will be expensive, and much of the population will need to survive on processed food rations, including "Soylent Green" wafers.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |