As a Marine Policy intern for Ecoconsult, I have seen a lot in these first few weeks! Ecoconsult is an environmental lobbying firm that represents the policy interests of a variety of organizations like Heal the Bay, Surfrider, NRDC, 5 Gyres, and several environmental health groups. I am working behind-the-scenes on the single-use plastics bills AB 1080 and SB 54, researching harmful algal blooms and kelp methane reductions, and attending committee hearings for both the California State Senate and Assembly. One of the most exciting parts of the job is having the opportunity to testify on important bills that pass through the legislature. Moving forward, I will be following the plastics bills closely, engaging coastal organizations, and helping promote policies/research that keep our oceans clean and healthy.