Leo grants $3M to Oceana

Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation has donated $3 million to ocean wildlife advocacy.

The 39-year-old actor founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to protect “Earth’s last wild places”, according to the organization’s website.

A spokesperson for Oceana on Thursday announced the international advocacy group had been awarded the multi-million dollar grant from Leo’s team.

The money will be used to aid Oceana’s efforts to protect “threatened ocean habitat and keystone marine species in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans”, according to a press release.

“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” Leo stated. “It’s my hope that this grant will help Oceana continue the tremendous work that they do daily on behalf of our oceans.”

According to Oceana, the Pacific and Arctic Oceans contain some of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world.

Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless said it’s critical to protect such ecosystems, and thanked the actor for the generous contribution.

“The net impact will be a much more abundant and biodiverse ocean that has many millions more sharks and critical and amazing marine animals,” the executive said. “Wilder and more pristine ocean habitats and oceans can feed over a billion people – many of them hungry – a healthy seafood meal each day.”

DiCaprio’s grant will also support Oceana’s work to advocate for responsible fishing measures, including the effort to ban drift gillnets in California, according to the release.

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