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Chile Introduces Bill to Protect Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
May 6, 2009 10:33 AM - , Oceana
With broad support from government and opposition leaders, a bill was introduced this morning to the Chilean National Congress intended to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems from trawling and other destructive fishing practices that have long-term negative impacts.
Depletion of Prey Fish may be Starving the Oceans
April 7, 2009 10:10 AM - , Oceana
Scientists are finding evidence of widespread malnutrition in commercial and recreational fish, marine mammals, and seabirds because of the global depletion of the small fish they need to survive, according to Oceana's new report, "Hungry Oceans: What Happens When the Prey is Gone?" These "prey fish" underpin marine food webs and are being steadily exhausted by heavy fishing, increasing demand for aquaculture feed, and climate change.
Conservation Coalition and States Will Sue EPA to Reduce Global Warming Pollution from Ships and Planes
August 4, 2008 11:26 AM - , Oceana
A coalition of conservation groups and state attorneys general filed formal letters warning of impending lawsuits over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's failure to address global warming pollution from ocean-going ships and aircraft. The conservation groups' notice of intent to sue was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Oceana, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Feds Protect Huge Areas of the Bering Sea from Trawling
July 30, 2008 09:22 AM - , Oceana
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday that nearly 180,000 square miles of the Bering Sea will be closed to destructive bottom trawling to protect important seafloor habitats and marine life effective August 25, 2008. These in-the-water protections reflect an approach first developed by Oceana, and supported by local communities and other conservation organizations, that freezes the current area, or "footprint," where trawling already occurs in the Bering Sea and prevents trawlers from expanding into previously untrawled areas.
New Report Finds Sharks Critical to Maintaining Healthy Oceans
July 25, 2008 11:12 AM - , Oceana
A new report released by Oceana today concludes that sharks are invaluable to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems. Predators as Prey: Why Healthy Oceans Need Sharks shows that as shark populations decline, the oceans suffer unpredictable and devastating consequences.
Congressional Trade Leaders Call on White House to Stop Overfishing Subsidies
July 21, 2008 10:02 AM - , Oceana
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI), joined by a bipartisan group of 10 committee members, gave their support to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today in the ongoing WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies. The letter also urges the United States to make the successful outcome of the fisheries subsidies negotiations a trade priority.
U.S. Government Issues Shark Finning Ban in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Waters
June 23, 2008 08:43 AM - , Oceana
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today filed new rules that will require federal shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to land sharks with their fins still naturally attached. Previous federal regulations required only that fins and carcasses be brought to dock in a specific ratio, allowing shark fins to be cut off at sea.
Overdue Protections for Chinook Salmon Move Forward
June 12, 2008 09:04 AM - , Oceana
A hard cap on salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery moved closer to reality today. The pollock fishery has been unintentionally catching alarming numbers of Chinook salmon in recent years, peaking at more than 130,000 salmon caught in 2007. To address this growing problem, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is moving forward on setting a limit of 68,392 as the number of Chinook salmon that pollock trawlers are allowed to catch before the fishery is shut down. This cap is contingent on the pollock industry establishing an incentive program that also addresses bycatch on a vessel-by-vessel basis.
U.S. Sets Policy to Protect the Arctic from Industrial Fishing
June 4, 2008 09:08 AM - , Oceana
President Bush today established a U.S. policy halting the expansion of industrial fishing into the Arctic until we have more information. The policy in part states that "the decline of several commercially valuable fish stocks throughout the world's oceans highlights the need for fishing nations to conserve fish stocks and develop management systems that promote fisheries sustainability," and also states that until international agreement for managing Arctic fishing are in place, "...the United States should support international efforts to halt the expansion of commercial fishing activities in the high seas of the Arctic Ocean."
New WTO Fisheries Subsidies Document Creates Path for Negotiations
June 2, 2008 08:28 AM - , Oceana
The World Trade Organization (WTO) today issued a new working document by Rules Negotiating Group Chairman Guillermo Valles Galmes. The document covers all areas of the Rules group negotiations, which includes fisheries subsidies, general subsidies and anti-dumping. The document provides a description of the views and proposals of WTO members related to the Rules text that was presented by Chairman Valles in November 2007.