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Oceana Campaigns to Protect and Restore the World's Oceans. Their teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope, Oceana has campaigners based in North America (Washington, DC; Juneau, AK; Los Angeles, CA), Europe (Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium) and South America (Santiago, Chile). More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana.
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More than 80% of World’s Fisheries In Danger From Overfishing
May 26, 2008 09:03 AM - , Oceana
Geneva -- A new report released by Oceana today concludes that more than 80 percent of the world's fisheries cannot withstand increased fishing activity and only 17 percent of the world's fisheries should be considered capable of any growth in catch at all. Too Few Fish: A Regional Assessment of the World's Fisheries shows there is very little room for further expansion of global fishing efforts.
Congress Pushes for True Shark Finning Ban
April 14, 2008 08:31 AM - , Oceana
Washington, D.C. -- A recent decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted Congress to introduce the "Shark Conservation Act of 2008." This legislation would close loopholes exposed in the court decision by improving existing laws, originally intended to prevent shark finning. The Act would require sharks to be landed with their fins, improving current laws that only require fins and carcasses to be landed in a specific ratio.
French driftnetters will not fish in 2008
March 20, 2008 10:37 AM - , Oceana
Madrid -- The European Court of Justice refuses to grant this fleet a temporary exemption to permit the use of driftnets. Oceana has reported the French fleet on numerous occasions for using this illegal fishing gear in the Mediterranean, which operated with support from the French government. Driftnets, a fishing gear that can reach dozens of kilometres in length, were prohibited in the European Union in 2002 because they constitute a threat to the conservation of cetaceans, sea turtles and sharks.
The End of Pirate Fishing Vessel Viarsa 1
March 7, 2008 12:02 AM - , Oceana
Madrid -- The Australian authorities have confirmed that last December one of the most infamous pirate fishing vessels, the Viarsa 1, associated with the Galician ship owning company Vidal Armadores S.A. was scrapped at a shipyard in Mumbai, India. This puts an end to the long legal action against this vessel initiated in 2003 in connection with the development of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, more commonly known as pirate fishing, in the waters of the Southern Ocean.
Unilever ends the use of shark products in its cosmetics
February 10, 2008 09:39 AM - , Oceana
Madrid -- Oceana, the international marine conservation organisation, is engaged in a campaign to end of the use of shark liver oil, known as squalene, in cosmetics products. Europe is a major force in the production and trade of squalene, and the campaign has included investigative visits to fishing ports and cosmetics shops, and discussions with cosmetic companies and squalene manufacturers, to gather information about uses, trade and markets for this product and the sharks it comes from.
No More Free Ride: Global Warming Pollution from Ships Must be Regulated
December 31, 2007 11:24 AM - , Oceana
Despite their impact on the global climate, greenhouse gases and other global warming pollution from ships remain unregulated by the U.S. Government. These emissions also have not been limited by the Kyoto Protocol or any other international treaty. However, ships are a major source of global warming pollutants, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and black carbon.
Oceana Petitions the Government to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles
December 28, 2007 12:12 PM - , Oceana
The majestic loggerhead sea turtle, an animal that has inhabited Earth longer than man, faces extinction because of human activities, such as threats from fishing gear. In fact, loggerhead sea turtle populations in the Atlantic are plummeting and a recent report by the federal government shows that the greatest man-made threat to loggerhead sea turtles in the Atlantic is capture in fisheries.
New Report Reveals Human Activities Threaten Survival of Sharks Worldwide
November 28, 2007 10:47 AM - , Oceana
Sharks have thrived in the world's oceans for more than 400 million years, but a comprehensive new report released today by Oceana and WildAid reveals that the world's shark populations have been devastated by human activities. The new report, entitled "End of the Line," shows how the global demand for shark products, and in particular shark fin soup, has prompted gruesome and wasteful fishing practices that could effectively lead to their extinction.
Conservation Groups Act to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtle
November 15, 2007 04:48 PM - , Oceana
Washington, D.C., – Conservation groups Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to stop the precipitous decline of the western North Atlantic loggerhead sea turtle. The petition urges the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agency responsible for protecting loggerheads in ocean waters, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for protecting turtles on land, to change the designation of western North Atlantic loggerheads from “threatened” to “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Great South Channel Identified as Critical Habitat
September 24, 2007 08:07 AM - , Oceana
After nearly a ten-year struggle, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) this week voted to designate the Great South Channel as a Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC). The channel is located southeast of Cape Cod and provides habitat that is essential to the survival of juvenile cod populations. Officially designating this area as a HAPC under federal fisheries law will allow for special consideration in the coming years to conserve sensitive and rare marine habitat in the area.