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A Voice for our Ocean

Media Availability: Ocean Conservancy Statement on “Above-Normal” 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction from NOAA

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service forecasters predicted an above-normal hurricane season. Ocean Conservancy, the nation’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to marine conservation, is available to provide expert insights into the potential environmental impacts of such heightened activity. 

“Last summer, Florida experienced the highest ocean temperatures on record, which are a direct result of climate change and a cause of increased hurricane severity. Hurricanes can lead to widespread habitat destruction, pollution from storm runoff, and other long-term impacts on marine environments. Understanding these impacts is crucial for effective conservation efforts and community preparedness,” said Jon Paul, “J.P.” Brooker, director of Florida conservation for Ocean Conservancy. 

Jon Paul, “J.P.” Brooker, Director of Florida Conservation at Ocean Conservancy, is available for interviews and comments regarding rising ocean temperatures in Florida, climate change’s impacts, and the potential of an “above normal” 2024 hurricane season’s impacts on ocean and marine life.

To set up a Zoom interview with J.P. Brooker, email Roya Fox at rf[email protected]

Key Points:

  • The potential environmental impacts of an above-normal hurricane season on marine ecosystems in Florida.
  • The relationship between climate change, increased ocean temperatures and hurricane severity.
  • How hurricanes typically impact coastal habitats and wildlife.
  • The long-term effects of hurricanes on coral reefs and marine life.
  • How hurricanes influence pollution levels and runoff into the ocean.
  • What measures can be taken to protect marine and coastal environments from hurricane damage.
  • How Ocean Conservancy is preparing to address the environmental impacts of this predicted hurricane season.


About Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter) or Instagram.

Media Contact

Roya Fox




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