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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video: Oceana in Belize Exposes Belizean First Family to Belizean World Heritage Sites

Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow's wife and daughter visit the Great Blue Hole. (Photo Oceana / Alex Ellis) The Great Blue Hole, a Belizean National Monument and World Heritage Site, is one of the most gorgeous marine settings in the world. Show More Summary

Photos: Celebrate World Sight Day with a Look at Ocean Animals’ Unique Vision

A common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Octopuses have excellent vision. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) On October 9, Oceana and our friends at TOMS are celebrating World Sight Day, a time to raise awareness on blindness and vision impairment around the world. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Seaweed Transporting Disease to Sea Otters, Lego to Break Ties with Shell, and More

Seaweed particles are helping spread disease among sea otters. (Photo: Vicki & Chuck Rogers / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have recently discovered that some mangroves are offering coral reef shelter and protection from climate change. Show More Summary

Video: Oceana Supporter Maya Gabeira Determined To Keep Surfing after Near-Fatal Accident

Maya Gabeira pictured during her Oceana PSA. (Photo: Oceana / Brian Bielmann Photography) It was a year ago this month when champion big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira set out to ride the biggest wave ever ridden by a woman off Nazaré, Portugal. Show More Summary

Oceana Takes Action to Reduce Wasted Catch in East Coast Gillnet Fisheries

An illegal Moroccan drift gillnet boat hauls in a sea turtle. (Photo: Oceana / Jesus Renedo) Last month, Oceana submitted a proposal aimed at reducing the amount of wasted catch in New England and Mid-Atlantic gillnet fisheries, which throw away 16 percent of their total catch every year. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Orcas Can Shift Vocal Sounds around Dolphins, Larval Fish Found to Make Noise, and More

Orcas were found to engage in cross-species vocal learning. (Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Brandon Southall, NMFS/OPR / Flickr Creative Commons) - Humans, cetaceans, and some birds are some of the only species known to practice vocal learning—communicating with sounds that aren’t just innate. Show More Summary

Small Crabs Play a Big Role as Corals’ First Line of Defense from Predators

A crab (Trapezia sp.) defends its coral host. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) Just as some people have their own sorts of protections from intruders, some corals have their own creative defenses to guard them from predation. Show More Summary

Offshore Wind Advancements Take the Stage at AWEA Conference

An offshore wind farm in the North Sea. (Photo: ©MEDVIND/Bent Sørensen/DONG Energy A/S) The U.S. offshore wind industry has picked up great momentum over the past year. To highlight recent advancements, the American Wind Energy Association...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Cause of Green Sea Turtle Tumors Discovered, Sharks Found to Have Distinct Personalities, and More

Nitrogen runoff is causing tumors to grow on green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) around Hawaii. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - Scientists have detected a 40 percent decline in calcium carbonate in one section of the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island. Show More Summary

New Government Report Exposes Oversight Gaps in Offshore Drilling Regulators

Oil rigs near Horn Island, Mississippi, USA, pictured during an Oceana Latitude Gulf of Mexico Expedition in 2010. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez) A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of the Interior has revealed some condemning information about the oversight of offshore drilling operations. Show More Summary

Chile Becomes First South American Nation to Tax Carbon

A power plant in Ventanas, Chile. (Photo: Oceana) Late last month, Chile became the first nation in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The new tax—$5 per ton of CO2 emitted—targets 50 megawatt or higher fossil fuel-emitting power plants, while smaller plants and those fueled by renewable sources will remain exempt. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Fish Finding It Difficult to Adapt to Climate Change, Oceans Warmer Than Thought, and More

Spiny damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus). Juvenile spiny damselfish are having a difficult time adjusting to climate change. (Photo: Nikita / Wikimedia Commons) - New research shows that fish aren’t quickly adapting to climate change, and it may take them several generations to do so. Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine Fish Tale: Bay of Biscay Anchovy Fishery

Anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) and sardines (Sardina pilchardus) unloaded from a purse seiner in the port of Ayvalik, Turkey.(Photo: Oceana / María José Cornax) This article, originally published in the summer 2014 issue of Oceana magazine, is the first installment of a new column, Fish Tale. Show More Summary

As California Drift Gillnet Fishery Continues to Kill Marine Mammals, Oceana Pressures for “Count, Cap, and Control” Approach

A short-finned pilot whale killed by a California drift gillnet. This fishery killed an estimated six short-finned pilot whales in the 2013 to 2014 fishing season. (Photo: NOAA) In September, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Giant Clam Could Inspire Solar Technology, Thousands of Seamounts Discovered, and More

A giant clam (Tridacna gigas) in the Maldives. Giant clams could influence new solar technology. (Photo: Malcolm Browne / Flickr Creative Commons) - Improvements in radar satellite technology have allowed scientists to discover thousands of underwater seamounts around the world. Show More Summary

Video: Oceana Makes Plea for Mediterranean Swordfish and Local Fishermen

A swordfish (Xiphias gladius) caught by a typical vessel for artisanal fishing swordfish with a harpoon in Italy. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Alessandro Donelli) Last week, Oceana in Europe released a new video that sheds light on the perils small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean face today as swordfish decline. Show More Summary

Photos: Oil Spill in Chile’s Quintero Bay Affects Local Wildlife, Fisheries

Oiled seawater near the Monobuoy Terminal in Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Claudio Almarza) Last week, nearly 800 gallons of oil spilled into Quintero Bay, Chile at the Monobuoy Terminal when intake hoses broke free from an oil tanker. The...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Crabs Found to Look Out for Corals, 35,000 Walruses Gather on Alaskan Beach, and More

A crab of the genus Trapezia, which defends coral reefs from sea stars. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research shows that some coral may have natural “crab guards” that help them fight off predatory sea stars....Show More Summary

Recent Marine Fossil Discoveries Provide Insight on Ancient Ocean Inhabitants

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus skull, the first semi-aquatic dinosaur known to exist. (Photo: Didier Descouens / Wikimedia Commons) It’s no surprise that the oceans are home to some of the most fascinating animals, from the massive blue whale, the world’s largest animal, to creatures like octopus and squid that can change their coloration instantly. Show More Summary

Celebrate National Seafood Month with This Sustainable Recipe: Mussel Chowder

(Photo: Pete / Flickr Creative Commons) October 1 kicks off National Seafood Month, a time to raise awareness for sustainable fisheries and celebrate the benefits of seafood in one’s diet. Oceana focuses on sustainable seafood all year...Show More Summary

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