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URL :http://na.oceana.org/en/blog
Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2125
Posts / Week:6.3
Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video: Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Delights Onlookers with Acrobatics

A Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). (Photo: Michele W / Flickr Creative Commons) Any time you spot a marine mammal in the wild is a special occurrence—simply from observing a dolphin at the beach or kayaking alongside a manatee—but sometimes, they put on a really good show for you too. read more

Ocean Roundup: Big Bluefin Tuna Gain Protection from Fisheries, Commercial Fishermen Quickly Losing Consumer Trust, and More

Bluefin tuna (Thynnus thynnus) gained protection in the U.S. recently. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen) - NOAA recently made amendments to its bluefin tuna management plan in an effort to reduce the number of bluefin tuna killed by commercial fishing vessels. Show More Summary

CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than Two Weeks until Oceanic Whitetip Sharks are Protected

An oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus). (Photo: Jürgen Donauer / Flickr Creative Commons) On September 14, 2014, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will add six sharks and rays to Appendix II, meaning that global trade of these species will be restricted. Show More Summary

Video: Dumbo Octopus Makes Rare Appearance in the Gulf of Mexico

The dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis spp.) (Photo: EVNautilus / Nautilus Live Expedition / YouTube) It’s not often that rare, deep-sea creatures present themselves to scientists in plain sight. But in a video captured last month during Nautilus...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Seafood Watch Upgrades 21 Fish Species, Dolphin Slaughter Begins in Japan, and More

A thornyhead rockfish. Rockfish were recently upgraded to a more sustainable seafood option on The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program Seafood Watch list. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - Japan’s annual...Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine: Chef’s Corner – Sam Talbot

(Photo: Harlan Harris / Flickr Creative Commons) Each month, Oceana magazine features a sustainable seafood recipe and chef. This month’s Chef’s Corner heads to New York City to spotlight Sam Talbot’s seafood restaurant and delicious coconut mussel recipe. Take a look below, and check out the original recipe in the summer issue of Oceana magazine. read more

Ocean Roundup: Great Barrier Reef to Stay Clear of Dredge Spoil, Louisiana Rapidly Losing Coastline, and More

A sea turtle in the Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: University of Denver / Flickr Creative Commons) - The Chesapeake Bay experienced their eighth-largest dead zone this summer since record keeping began in the 1980s, according to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine: Wasted Catch

A loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) caught on a longline. (Photo: Oceana / Mar Mas) Earlier this year, Oceana released a new report, “Wasted Catch,” that looked at the dirtiest fisheries in the United States for bycatch, and found that some U.S. Show More Summary

Leatherback Sea Turtle Rescued from Fishing Gear

A leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). (Photo: Oceana / © 2009 Tim Calver www.timcalver.com) As you likely know, natural predators aren’t the only threats to sea turtles and marine mammals in the open ocean—many manmade threats, like derelict fishing gear, pollution, and plastics, constantly endanger marine life. Show More Summary

Conservation Groups Plan Lawsuit to Protect Sperm Whales

“Mother and baby sperm whale." (Photo: Gabriel Barathieu, Wikimedia Commons) Earlier this month, several conservation groups, including Oceana, announced plans to file a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets used in the California drift gillnet fishery. read more

Ocean Roundup: 20 Coral Species to Gain Federal Protection, Shell Files New Plan for Arctic Drilling, and More

Rough cactus coral, one of the new coral species to be listed as threatened. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it will list 20 new species of coral as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, largely because of climate change. Show More Summary

Oceana’s 2014 Balearic Seamount Expedition: Diaries from the Field

The SOCIB R/V vessel used during this expedition, pictured during a ROV immersion at Fort d'en Moreu, Cabrera, Balearic islands, Spain. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Flickr) As you may have previously read on The Beacon, Oceana in Europe...Show More Summary

Court Requests Changes to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program be Reconsidered

A National Marine Fisheries Service observer checks the dimensions of a net and its catch. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Observer Program) Earlier this month, the United States District Court for...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Florida Receives Federal Help for Oyster Recovery, Climate Change Linked to Iceland’s Puffin Decline, and More

An Icelandic puffin. (Photo: Martin Ystenes / Flickr Creative Commons) - Florida is receiving $6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for oyster recovery in Apalachicola Bay in northwest Florida—a fishery that crashed in 2012 and 2013. Show More Summary

Photos: Oceana in Belize Exposes Belizean Youth to the Wonder of the Sea

Belizean boys on the trip to the Lighthouse Reed Atoll. (Photo: Oceana in Belize / Alexander Ellis / Flickr) Oceana in Belize has been busy instilling a sense of wonder and stewardship for the oceans in Belizean youth. Earlier this month, they took a group of underprovided boys, all under the age of 14, to Belize’s beautiful coast. Show More Summary

CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than Three Weeks until Porbeagle Sharks are Protected

A porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). (Photo: NMFS, E. Hoffmayer, S. Iglésias and R. McAuley, via Wikimedia Commons) On September 14, 2014, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will add six sharks and rays to Appendix II, meaning that global trade of these species will be restricted. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Rare Blue Lobster Caught in Maine, Cephalopod Skin Providing Groundwork for New Technology, and More

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) in Portugal. Cephalopods, like octopuses, have been inspiration for new technology. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) - New York City may seem like the last place to spot whales, but these cetaceans are making a comeback in the area. This summer, an eco-tourism group has spotted 52 whales alone. CBS News read more

Creature Feature: Barnacles

Goose barnacle (Lepas anatifera) on a rope, pictured during a 2008 Catamaran Oceana Ranger Atlantic Cantabric Expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Enrique Talledo) Barnacles are one of the most eerie looking marine creatures that exist. YouShow More Summary

Chile Cancels September Crustacean Trawl to Protect Common Hake

Hakes (Merluccius sp.) in a crate. (Photo: Oceana / LX) Chile has taken a major step to protect common hake, a species in decline from overfishing. Earlier this month, the Under-Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) decided...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Maine’s Scallop Fishery Could See Closures, Sydney Harbor Littered with Microplastics, and More

Patagonia Scallop (Zygochlamys patagonica). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - Maine’s scallop fishery could see multiple closures in the upcoming December season as regulators work to rebuild the fishery. Fishermen caught millions of pounds of scallops from the 1970s to 1990s, but the fishery then dropped dramatically. The Associated Press read more

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