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Ocean Roundup: Task Force Releases Recommendations on Seafood Fraud, Sea Otters Critical to Healthy Marshes, and More

A sea otter in California. Sea otters play important roles in maintaining healthy marsh ecosystems. (Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region / Flickr Creative Commons) - Today, President Obama’s designated Task Force on tackling seafood fraud released their first set of recommendations for eliminating the issue. Show More Summary

Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Gain New Protections

Bluefin tuna (Thynnus thynnus). (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen) Western Atlantic bluefin tuna are sleek, torpedo-like fish that can power through the ocean’s depths at over 40 miles per hour. They’re top ocean predators, preying on mackerel, herring, squid, eels, and crustaceans, but they’re also some of the most coveted fish in the world. read more

Ocean Roundup: Filefish Use Chemical Scent to Camouflage, Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatening Endangered Dolphins, and More

An orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). These fish both look and smell like coral reef habitat to hide from predators. (Photo: jaredzimmerman [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) - Nicaragua's Pearl Cays region has seen a large increase in hawksbill sea turtle nests since 2000, from about 154 nests in 2000 to 468 in 2014. Show More Summary

Recent Baltimore Sun Articles Highlight Issues with Federal Seafood Fraud Enforcement

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) The chances are that you’ve eaten seafood sometime recently—whether that be a fish fillet burger, a shrimp cocktail, sushi, or more. But, the seafood you consumed may not be what you think it is—and could be another species, or farmed when it was labeled as wild. read more

Ocean Roundup: UN Urges Mangrove Protection, Warming Pacific Waters Could Unlock Layer of Methane, and More

Mangroves in Florida. Protecting mangroves has been an emphasis at UN climate talks this week. (Photo: Phil's 1stPix / Flickr Creative Commons) - Authorities are concerned that oil from a two-mile long oil slick in New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Bay could threaten an endangered population of seals that migrate through the area each winter. Show More Summary

Coral Reefs Turning Silent from Overfishing, Other Human Impacts

A coral community off of Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) Did you know that coral reefs are home to about one fourth of all marine life? As the most diverse of the marine ecosystems, they’re aptly nicknamed “rainforests of the sea,” says the Smithsonian. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Humpback Whales Frequenting New York City Waters, Oceans House Over 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces, and More

Marine litter on a beach. (Photo: Bo Eide / Flickr Creative Commons) - A new study has but a number on the amount of plastic floating in the oceans: at least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing nearly 269,000 tons, are floating around the oceans. The team found that tiny plastic pieces made up the majority of the plastic in the oceans. Smithsonian read more

Creature Feature: Magellanic Penguin

A Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus). (Photo: Ronald Woan / Flickr Creative Commons) You’re probably familiar with at least a few penguin species—like the emperor penguin, which got its claim to fame in the movie Happy Feet, or the Galapagos penguin, which is the only species naturally found north of the Equator. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Rufa Red Knot Receives Federal Protection, New Ancient Mollusk Discovered in the Arctic, and More

Red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) at Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Red knots received protection under the Endangered Species Act yesterday as threatened. (Photo: Greg Breese / USFWS / Flickr Creative Commons) - Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rufa subspecies of the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Show More Summary

Video: Incredible Sperm Whale Birth Caught on Film

A pod of sperm whales and the new calf off the Azores. (Photo: Caters TV / YouTube) Spotting elusive, deep-diving marine animals in the wild is certainly a treat for anyone, but catching them engaging in particularly rare behavior like giving birth or bubble-netting is especially rewarding. Show More Summary

Exploring Marine Snow: A Nutritious and Vital Type of Snowfall for the Deep Sea

A jellyfish drifting in marine snow off the Barkley Canyon. (Photo: Neptune Canada / Flickr Creative Commons) Snow: Aside from it being beautiful and peaceful, it’s widely celebrated by children and adults alike for building snowmen,...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Seafood Fraud Cases Declining with Staff Cuts, Settlement Reached for Arctic Drilling Violations, and More

Tug boats pulling the Kulluk drilling rig after it ran aground near Kodiak Island. The company operating the Kulluk and another oil rig in 2012 has been fined for safety violations. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos /...Show More Summary

Bycatch on the Menu at This Foodie Hotspot in New Orleans

Scorpion fish being served at Carmo, a restaurant in New Orleans. (Photo: Specialus) In an attempt to highlight the issue of bycatch and change the general public's opinions on often underappreciated fish, some chefs are serving-up bycatch at their restaurants. read more

Ocean Roundup: Some Baby Coral Can Adapt to Ocean Acidification, Electric Eels Stun Prey with Electric Discharge, and More

Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). New research shows baby staghorn coral may be able to adapt to acidic conditions. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research on baby corals showsShow More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Most Distinct Humpback Whale Population Discovered, Sea Turtle Fossils Discovered in Australia, and More

A humpback whale. The humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea was discovered to be the most genetically unique. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have found that humpback whales in the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct in the world. Show More Summary

During Corals Week, a Look at the Value of Coral Reef Ecosystems (Photos)

Coral in the Gulf of Mexico, pictured during a 2010 Gulf of Mexico expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) You’ve probably encountered coral reefs in some form—whether that’s diving with them in tropical waters or seeing them depicted in movies, like Finding Nemo. Show More Summary

Steller Sea Lion Protections Weakened with New Fisheries Ruling

A Steller sea lion bull on Agattu Island at the western end of the Aleutian Islands. (Photo: Anne Morkill, images.fws.gov via Wikimedia Commons) Late last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule that weakens protections for the endangered western population of Steller sea lions. read more

Elusive, Haunting Black Sea Devil Caught on Camera for First Time

A screenshot of the black sea devil caught on film by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. (Photo: MBARI / YouTube) The dark, cold deep sea is home to a vast amount of creatures that seem like something out of...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Mechanisms behind Pufferfish Inflation Discovered, Critical Habitat Proposed for Ringed Seals, and More

The black saddled pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini). (Photo: Cliff / WikiMedia Commons) - New research shows that healthy coral reef systems are actually quite noisy, but are quieting down after damage from acidification, harmful fishing practices, pollution, and more. Show More Summary

CEO Note: Simon Sidamon-Eristoff Becomes Chairman of Oceana’s Board

The new chairman of Oceana’s board of directors, Simon Sidamon-Eristoff, and new vice chair, Valarie Van Cleave, are pictured at an Oceana event in 2012. (Photo: Carla Rhea) I am writing to you to introduce our new chairman for Oceana’s...Show More Summary

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