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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Polar Bears’ Stinky Feet Play Important Role in Their Behavior, Study Says

Polar bear paws. (Photo: Alan D. Wilson / Nature's Pics Online) Polar bears may appear ultra-adorable and cuddly from afar, but new research revealed one fun fact about polar bears that isn’t so cute: They have really smelly feet. read more

Book Review: ‘Law of the Jungle' by Paul M. Barrett

A hand covered in crude oil, taken from one of Chevron’s oil pits in Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest near Lago Agrio. (Photo: Caroline Bennett / Rainforest Action Network / Flickr Creative Commons) When one thinks of the Amazon, many probably...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Closed, Climate Change Worsening Dead Zones, and More

Cod (Gadus morhua). Fishery managers closed the Gulf of Maine cod fishery for six months. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) - Researchers have discovered that they can examine how much plastic debris seabirds ingest on the open ocean by studying its concentration in birds’ preening oil. Show More Summary

Thirty-One Species Granted Protection by UN in Big Move for Wildlife Conservation (Photos)

A reef manta ray (Manta alfredi), one of the species protected by CMS over the weekend. (Photo: Jacob Mojiwat / Flickr Creative Commons) After six days of “intense negotiations,” the Convention on the Conservation on Migratory Species...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Polar Bears Have Smelly Feet, 21 Sharks, Rays, and Sawfish Gain Protection, and More

The thresher shark is one of the species protected over the weekend. (Photo: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr Creative Commons) - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has put new fishing regulations in place for striped bass. Amid population...Show More Summary

Scientists Alarmed about Climate Change Catastrophe

A polar bear in the Arctic. (Photo: Smudge 9000 / Flickr Creative Commons) “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.” read more

CEO Note: New Oceana Study Finds Shrimp Widely Mislabeled around The U.S.

(Photo: Oceana) As a supporter of Oceana, you’re already familiar with our campaign to stop seafood fraud. Last week, Oceana released a new scientific report revealing that 30 percent of shrimp products tested from grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Polar Bears Congregating in Manitoba, Northern Shrimp Declining across Their Range, and More

Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. (Photo: Valerie / Flickr Creative Commons) - Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory held a meeting behind closed doors with state and federal officials and agencies involved with offshore drilling, which was closed to journalists, environmental groups, and the public. Show More Summary

CEO Note: What Do The Recent Election Results Mean for The Oceans?

A glimpse at table corals in the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument. George W. Bush established the marine monument during his presidency, and President Obama recently expanded it. Show More Summary

Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part 2

(Photo: Rachel Golden) Last week, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide. read more

Ocean Roundup: New Deep-Sea Coral Discovered, Alvin Submersible Highlighted for Oceanographic Research, and More

The Alvin submersible. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - Nicaragua will soon begin constructing a new canal that connects the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and will be nearly 200 miles long by the time it’s completed. Show More Summary

Video: Adorable New Robot Helps Researchers Study Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. A new robot is lending clues about their behavior. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons) While studying penguins in Antarctica may seem like a rewarding task, it’s undoubtedly a difficult one. Show More Summary

Five Must-Know Facts about The Shrimp You Eat from Oceana’s Recent Report

(Photo: Oceana) As America’s favorite seafood, there’s a good chance you’ve consumed shrimp before, whether that be as shrimp salad, shrimp scampi, or battered coconut shrimp. And while all of those dishes are absolutely delicious, consumers don’t often realize what they’re getting when they order “shrimp.” read more

Ocean Roundup: Fatter Elephant Seals Are Better Swimmers, Queen Conch Not to Receive Protection under ESA, and More

Queen conchs will not be protected under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: Daniel Neal / Flickr Creative Commons) - The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled not to list queen conch under the Endangered Species Act, which will allow groups to still import queen conch into the country (it’s been illegal to harvest in Florida waters for years). Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: California Sea Lions Eating Contaminated Mussels, Offshore Fracking Expanding in Gulf of Mexico, and More

California sea lions are said to be consuming contaminated shellfish. (Photo: phoca2004 / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research found that over half of vessels involved in the biggest oil spills over the past 30 years hail from nations that tend to not comply with international safety and environmental regulation standards. Show More Summary

Oceana Kicks off Launch in the Philippines with Conference on Rebuilding Fisheries

Oceana’s new vice president of Oceana Philippines atty. Gloria “Golly” Estenzo Ramos speaks at “The Road to Sustainable Fisheries Governance” conference. (Photo: Oceana) When you think of the Philippines, you likely think of its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear ocean water, and beautiful beaches. Show More Summary

Shell Blames Everyone But Itself in Request for Suspension of Arctic Leases

Shell's Kulluk oil drilling rig grounded in late 2012, 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photostream / Flickr Creative Commons) In a letter dated July 14, 2014, Shell appears to request...Show More Summary

Photos: What Kind of Shrimp Is Actually on Your Dinner Plate?

(Photo: Oceana) Who doesn’t love shrimp? Delicious on salads, sandwiches, and as a main dish, it’s no wonder that it’s the most commonly consumed seafood in the U.S., and the most traded seafood in the world. But, did you know that when...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: New Robot to Study Emperor Penguins, IPCC Sounds Alarm on Climate Change Inaction, and More

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have invented a remote-controlled robotic emperor penguin, which resembles an emperor penguin chick, to help them better study emperor penguins in Antarctica. Show More Summary

Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part One

(Photo: Rachel Golden) Yesterday, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide. read more

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