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URL :http://na.oceana.org/en/blog
Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2214
Posts / Week:6.4
Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Congress Advances Legislation to Fight Pirate Fishing, Keep Illegally-Caught Seafood Out of U.S. Market

Illegal driftnets in the port of Tangiers, Morocco. (Photo: Oceana) The House Natural Resources Committee took a significant step forward yesterday in the fight against illegal fishing and seafood fraud, passing the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act (H.R. 69) by unanimous consent. read more

Ocean Roundup: Gulf of Mexico Sharks are Shrinking, Caribbean Reefs Capable of Being Saved, and More

A tiger shark. Researchers say some shark species are decreasing in size in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Willy Volk / Flickr Creative Commons) - Researchers say that some sharks in the Gulf of Mexico are decreasing in size, and in some cases are down by as much as 70 percent. Show More Summary

Photos: On International Coastal Cleanup Day, Five Ways to Help the Oceans

Oceana in Belize picking up trash on World Oceans Day this past summer. (Photo: Alexander Ellis / Oceana in Belize) Marine debris has become a major issue facing the oceans today. It’s estimated that 10 to 20 million tons of plastic trash make their way to the ocean each year through a number of pathways, like litter, runoff, and direct dumping. Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine: Arctic Assets

Arctic sea ice. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr Creative Commons) Earlier this year, Oceana released a report, “Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the U.S. Arctic,” that detailed Royal Dutch Shell’s involvement with Arctic offshore drilling. Show More Summary

Photos: Oceana Launches Expedition to El Hierro Island and Atlantic Seamounts

Rocky seabed covered with in the Canary Islands, Spain. Oceana launched their second expedition to the Canary Islands this week. (Photo: EUO © OCEANA Carlos Suárez / Flickr) Earlier this week, Oceana in Europe launched their second expedition to the Canary Islands. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Tiny Clownfish Can Swim for 250 Miles, Sydney Harbor May Turn Tropical, and More

A new study shows that clownfish can swim for great distances. (Photo: vivacevy / Flickr Creative Commons) - Tiny larvae clownfish are capable of traveling vast distances—up to 250 miles in search of a new coral home, according to a recent study. Researchers say that this will help the species deal with climate change. The Guardian read more

Oceana Provides Common Hake Recovery Plan to Chilean Government

Hakes (Merluccius sp.) in a crate. (Photo: Oceana / LX) Earlier this month, Oceana in Chile presented a recovery plan for common hake, a severely overexploited species, to the Chilean government. Among the recommendations, the recovery plan stresses the importance of protecting juvenile common hake and setting a minimum catch size of about 15 inches. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Leatherback Coloration May Play Important Role, UK Sees New Voluntary Seafood Labeling Scheme, and More

A leatherback sea turtle. Leatherback “pink spots” may play an important physiological role. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Flickr Creative Commons) - Researchers have discovered that the “pink spot” on leatherback sea turtles’ heads may actually play a useful physiological role. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Shark-Eating Dinosaur Fossils Discovered, Germany Paving Way for Cheaper Wind Energy, and More

Wind turbines off England. Germany is setting such a demand for wind power that the price of turbines is starting to decrease. (Photo: Vattenfall / Flickr Creative Commons) - According to a study published last week, scientists have found fossil evidence of the first semi-aquatic dinosaur. Show More Summary

Sharks and Rays Gain International Protection under CITES Listing

An oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), one of the species now protected under CITES Appendix II. (Photo: Michael Aston / Flickr Creative Commons) Today, seven sharks and ray species have gained international protectionShow More Summary

Offshore Drilling Risks Highlighted in Myrtle Beach Billboards

One of Oceana's billboards near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo: Randy Sturgill / Oceana) If you’re driving through the Myrtle Beach area over the next month, be sure to keep an eye out for several Oceana billboards in the area. read more

Ocean Roundup: Western Australia Recommended to Halt Shark Cull, Orca Pod Saves Member from Fishing Gear, and More

A pod of orcas. Recently, members of an orca pod off New Zealand helped rescue a fellow whale from fishing gear. (Photo: Marie and Alistair Knock / Flickr Creative Commons) - In a remarkable rescue, members of an orca pod helped save one of their own from fishing gear off New Zealand. Show More Summary

Oceana Magazine: DiCaprio Funds Conservation Across the Entire Eastern Pacific

The Desventuradas Islands, Chile. (Photo: Oceana) The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation provided a three-year, $3 million grant that is allowing Oceana to expand conservation work across the Pacific Ocean and approach conservation from a hemisphere-wide scale. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Healthy Corals Mean More Sharks, Extinct Dolphin Found in Peruvian Desert, and More

Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) over a reef. A new study found that reef health is important to shark abundance. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez) - A new study shows that late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys are significantly warmer than they were a century ago. Show More Summary

Oceana Provides Comments to President Obama’s Task Force to Tackle Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

A fish market in Maryland. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) Late last month, the public comment period closed on the President’s Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud. During the comment...Show More Summary

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

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