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Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2185
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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than One Week until Hammerheads are Protected

A great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). (Photo: Wendell Reed / 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

Ocean Roundup: Acidification Masking Shark Smelling Abilities, New Fishery Rule to Protect Endangered Albatross, and More

A smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis). (Photo: Erickson Smith / Flickr Creative Commons) - NOAA has proposed a new rule to for West Coast commercial fishermen that intends to the endangered short-tailed albatross, a seabird whose numbers are down to 1,200 individuals. Show More Summary

How Does Your Sunscreen Impact Marine Life?

Sunscreen can cause coral reef bleaching. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr Creative Commons) Here in the U.S., many tourists and beachgoers just wrapped up trips to the beach for the season. That also means...Show More Summary

Infographic: BP to Blame for 2010 Deepwater Oil Disaster, Rules Judge

A controlled burn near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. (Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response / Flickr Creative Commons) Last week, a United States federal judge ruled that BP’s reckless and negligent behavior is atShow More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Endangered Orca Pod Welcomes Calf, Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reach Record High, and More

A southern resident orca mother and her calf. For the first time since 2012, a new calf has joined the population. (Photo: NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr Creative Commons) - A new study found that tiny crabs of the species Planes...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Orca Calf Born to Endangered Killer Whale Population, Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reach Record High, and More

A southern resident killer whale mother and her calf. For the first time since 2012, a new calf has joined the population. (Photo: NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr Creative Commons) - A new study found that tiny crabs of the species...Show More Summary

Staff Spotlight: Beth Lowell

Beth Lowell. (Photo: Oceana) Each month, The Beacon features one Oceana staff member, highlighting their role at Oceana and personal history with the oceans. The month’s spotlight is on Oceana’s seafood fraud senior campaign director, Beth Lowell. Take a look below to learn more, and check out previous staff spotlights here. read more

Shark Fin Sales in China Show Promising Signs of Decline, Says Report

An oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharinus longimanus), a species commonly harvested for the shark fin trade. (Photo: Michael Aston / Flickr Creative Commons) Shark fin soup was once a delicacy in Asian nations reserved for the upper class, but in recent years, has become more readily available to both upper and middle classes. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Sea Turtles Released after Swallowing Fish Hooks, UK Builds Massive Salt Marsh to Protect Coastline, and More

A kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtle. (Photo: Terry Ross / Flickr Creative Commons) - Ten sea turtles that were rehabilitated after swallowing fishing hooks in the Gulf of Mexico were released into the wild over the weekend. Show More Summary

Poll: Vote for Your Favorite Species to Help Celebrate World Shorebird Day! (Photos)

A black skimmer (Rynchops niger) in Florida. (Photo: Matthew Paulson / Flickr Creative Commons) This Saturday marks the first World Shorebird Day, a day to celebrate these beautiful birds and raise awareness for their conservation. Shorebirds...Show More Summary

Photos: Five Ways to Help Shorebirds in Honor of World Shorebird Day

A least tern and chicks. (Photo: Dan Pancamo / Flickr Creative Commons) If you spent this past Labor Day weekend at the beach, the chances are that you saw a shorebird—like a willet or sandpiper—wading in the sand, scurrying from waves or poking its bill into the surf zone to look for food. read more

Ocean Roundup: New Deep-Sea Mushroom Discovered, Japan Announces Plans for Minke Whale Hunting, and More

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - Scientists say that the Gulf of Maine is warming 99 percent faster than the world’s oceans. This presents serious issues for fisheries, as many commercial important species like cod, herring, and northern shrimp are moving to colder waters. CBC News read more

California Legislature Passes Seafood Labeling Bill in Big Move for Tackling Seafood Fraud

California Legislature passed SB 1138 to begin to tackle seafood fraud and increase honest seafood labeling. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) In a move that will help to turn the tide on seafood fraud, the California legislature passed...Show More Summary

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

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