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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Massachusetts Takes a Step Forward For Sharks

Blue shark (Prionace glauca). (Photo: Oceana / Karin Leonard / Marine Photobank) This week, Massachusetts became the ninth state to regulate the trade of shark fins within their state borders—an important step forward in the fight for global shark conservation. Show More Summary

Ocean News: Blue Whale “Hot Spots” Linked with Busy Shipping Lanes, Massachusetts Bans Shark Fin Trade, and More

A blue whale off of California. (Photo: millerm217 / Flickr Creative Commons) - A new study found that blue whale “hot spots” off California intersect with some of California’s busiest shipping lanes, and that ship strikes are preventing blue whales from recovering. Show More Summary

Photos: A Look at Some of the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Tentacles

Muave stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) photographed off the Balearic Islands, Spain. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) If you’ve spent some time at the coast this summer, the chances are you’ve had a close encounter with a jellyfish,...Show More Summary

Ocean News: Regulators Propose Whale Sanctuary in the Canary Islands, Harbor Seals Found to Forage around Wind Farms, and More

A harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). (Photo: ucumari / Valerie / Flickr Creative Commons) - A new report warns that U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast states are not prepared for increased storms and flooding brought on by climate change. The report calls for better collaboration between state and federal lawmakers to create policy changes that reduce risk. National Geographic

Video: Spangled Emperor Fish Dazzle the Great Barrier Reef

A school of spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Bill & Mark Bell) When you think of the Great Barrier Reef, you probably think of vibrant corals, glowing clams, and free-swimming sea turtles. But in this slow-motion video, one free diver catches the elegant beauty of spangled emperor—a fish you may have overlooked.

Eleven Florida Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Reconsider Approval for Seismic Airgun Testing

A critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and a pod off bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Florida. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) When the Obama Administration came out in support...Show More Summary

Ocean News: Great Barrier Reef Will be “Pretty Ugly” by 2050, Sea Turtle Nests Down in South Carolina, and More

The Heart Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (Photo: Michael Sheil / Flickr Creative Commons) - In an appearance before an Australian Senate this week, researchers said the Great Barrier Reef will be “pretty ugly” by 2050 and...Show More Summary

Chilean Salmon Industry Found to Use Highest Amount of Antibiotics Worldwide

Salmon farming in Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Cristian Perez) A new report found that the Chilean salmon farming industry used an astounding amount of antibiotics in 2013—the highest amount out of any country. The report by Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service revealed that the industry used over 993,000 pounds of antibiotics in 2013.

Tackling Illegal Fishing in Italy: Behind the Scenes

(Photo: Oceana) Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe and Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, embarked on a behind-the-scenes mission to uncover illegal fishing in the Port of Bagnara in southwest Italy. During an overnight mission, the team documented illegally caught swordfish from drift gillnets entering the Port. Show More Summary

Ocean News: June 2014 Marked the Hottest on Record, Microplastics Worse for Crabs than Thought, and More

A shore crab (Carcinus maenas) captured during an Oceana expedition to the Baltic Sea. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) - In 1997, nearly 4.8 million pieces of Legos spilled into the Atlantic when a container ship was hit by a massive wave. Show More Summary

Video: Oceana Exposes Illegal Drift Gillnet Use in Italy

Containers filled with drift gillnets in Italy, photographed during a 2006 Oceana expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo de Ana) Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe and Italian journalist Sabrina Giannini gathered evidence of Italian fishermen using illegal drift gillnets in the swordfish fishery at the Port of Bagnara Calabra in southern Italy. Show More Summary

North Atlantic Great White Sharks are Rebounding, but that’s Not the Case for All Species

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: Ken Bondy / Flickr Creative Commons) Great white sharks are arguably the most widely-known shark species, but unfortunately, they’re not known for their roles as apex predators that are crucial to healthy ocean ecosystems. Show More Summary

Ocean News: Green Sea Turtle Makes Longest Migration Ever Recorded, Small Oil Spill Found off of Italy, and More

A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - In areas where overfishing is common and observers are few and far between, drones could be a significant resource in helping to tackle illegal fishing. This June,...Show More Summary

Obama Administration Approves Seismic Airgun Use off the Atlantic Coast In Spite of Local Opposition and Threats to Marine Life

A North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species that will be impacted by this decision. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Show More Summary

Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events Get the Spotlight on Capitol Hill

Stranded sea lion pup. (Photo: Kellan / Flickr Creative Commons) Earlier this week, marine mammals like California sea lions, common dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins were the focus of one Congressional Briefing.

Ocean News: U.S. to Auction Off New Jersey Area for Offshore Wind, Baby Sea Turtles Found to Make Noises, and More

An offshore wind farm. (Photo: Kim Hansen / Flickr Creative Commons) - A New York-based seafood company and its executives pleaded guilty in federal court for fish fraud. The executives underreported the amount of summer flounder they caught between June 2009 and December 2011 by 56,000 pounds and used false documents to ship fish to customers. The Wall Street Journal

CEO Note: Another Chlorine Plant Goes Mercury-Free

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Mediterranean. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen) We all know that seafood is good for you, and that fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3s. And I’m sure you’ve also heard warnings about mercury levels in certain species of fish, especially if you or anyone you know is starting a family. Show More Summary

Video: Huge School of Anchovies Swarms San Diego Shoreline

A massive school of anchovies amassed along the Pacific coast shoreline. (Photo: Scripps Oceanography / YouTube) When a massive school of anchovies swam uncharacteristically close to the California shoreline last week, they couldn’t have picked a better location: right outside the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Ocean News: Whale Sharks Visiting Azore Islands More Frequently, Volunteers Help Disabled Sea Turtle Nest, and More

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus). (Photo Oceana / Tim Calver) - After two attempts at nesting this summer, volunteers helped a loggerhead sea turtle missing her right rear flipper successfully lay a nest on Masonboro Island, North Carolina. The sea turtle tried to nest 15 times this summer before the volunteers were able to help her. Star News Online

Creature Feature: Ochre Sea Star

Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / canopic) Whether you know them as starfish or sea stars, these five-arm invertebrates will always be recognized by their unique shape and vibrant colors that have been decorating the seafloor for millions of years. Show More Summary

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