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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

CEO Note: What Do The Recent Election Results Mean for The Oceans?

A glimpse at table corals in the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument. George W. Bush established the marine monument during his presidency, and President Obama recently expanded it. Show More Summary

Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part 2

(Photo: Rachel Golden) Last week, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide. read more

Ocean Roundup: New Deep-Sea Coral Discovered, Alvin Submersible Highlighted for Oceanographic Research, and More

The Alvin submersible. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - Nicaragua will soon begin constructing a new canal that connects the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and will be nearly 200 miles long by the time it’s completed. Show More Summary

Video: Adorable New Robot Helps Researchers Study Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. A new robot is lending clues about their behavior. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons) While studying penguins in Antarctica may seem like a rewarding task, it’s undoubtedly a difficult one. Show More Summary

Five Must-Know Facts about The Shrimp You Eat from Oceana’s Recent Report

(Photo: Oceana) As America’s favorite seafood, there’s a good chance you’ve consumed shrimp before, whether that be as shrimp salad, shrimp scampi, or battered coconut shrimp. And while all of those dishes are absolutely delicious, consumers don’t often realize what they’re getting when they order “shrimp.” read more

Ocean Roundup: Fatter Elephant Seals Are Better Swimmers, Queen Conch Not to Receive Protection under ESA, and More

Queen conchs will not be protected under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: Daniel Neal / Flickr Creative Commons) - The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled not to list queen conch under the Endangered Species Act, which will allow groups to still import queen conch into the country (it’s been illegal to harvest in Florida waters for years). Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: California Sea Lions Eating Contaminated Mussels, Offshore Fracking Expanding in Gulf of Mexico, and More

California sea lions are said to be consuming contaminated shellfish. (Photo: phoca2004 / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research found that over half of vessels involved in the biggest oil spills over the past 30 years hail from nations that tend to not comply with international safety and environmental regulation standards. Show More Summary

Oceana Kicks off Launch in the Philippines with Conference on Rebuilding Fisheries

Oceana’s new vice president of Oceana Philippines atty. Gloria “Golly” Estenzo Ramos speaks at “The Road to Sustainable Fisheries Governance” conference. (Photo: Oceana) When you think of the Philippines, you likely think of its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear ocean water, and beautiful beaches. Show More Summary

Shell Blames Everyone But Itself in Request for Suspension of Arctic Leases

Shell's Kulluk oil drilling rig grounded in late 2012, 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photostream / Flickr Creative Commons) In a letter dated July 14, 2014, Shell appears to request...Show More Summary

Photos: What Kind of Shrimp Is Actually on Your Dinner Plate?

(Photo: Oceana) Who doesn’t love shrimp? Delicious on salads, sandwiches, and as a main dish, it’s no wonder that it’s the most commonly consumed seafood in the U.S., and the most traded seafood in the world. But, did you know that when...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: New Robot to Study Emperor Penguins, IPCC Sounds Alarm on Climate Change Inaction, and More

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have invented a remote-controlled robotic emperor penguin, which resembles an emperor penguin chick, to help them better study emperor penguins in Antarctica. Show More Summary

Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part One

(Photo: Rachel Golden) Yesterday, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide. read more

Happy Halloween! Meet the Ocean Animals in Costume All Year (Photos)

Pygmy seahorses, which can change their skin color to blend in with their surroundings. (Photo: Tom Gruber / Flickr Creative Commons) Happy Halloween, ocean lovers! Today, many people are delighting in the one day of the year where they can dress up to be any figure that these please. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Nations Fail to Reach Agreement on Antarctic Marine Reserve, Norway Planning Large Whale Meat Shipment, and More

Killer whales swimming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Nations failed to reach an agreement to protect the Ross Sea in the world’s largest marine reserve. (Photo by Donald LeRo / NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center National ScienceShow More Summary

CEO NOTE: Chilean Oil Spill Harms Local Wildlife, Fishing Communities

Oiled seawater near the Monobuoy Terminal in Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Claudio Almarza) Nearly a month ago I heard some troublesome news from my Oceana colleagues in Chile: A sizeable oil spill had occurred in Quintero Bay, harming local marine life and jeopardizing the local fishing communities. read more

Ocean Roundup: Seagrass Travels via Ocean Currents, Plump Leatherbacks Can Swim More Easily, and More

Seagrass meadows off Spain. (Photo: Oceana / Sergio Gosálvez) - New research shows that seagrass has an incredible ability to spread over vast distances of the ocean, which gives them an ability to migrate with climate change and be able to recover from habitat disturbance. Show More Summary

Graphics: New Oceana Study Finds Shrimp Misrepresented in the U.S.

(Photo: Oceana) Today, Oceana released a new study that found shrimp, America’s favorite seafood, to be misrepresented in the United States. In the only known study of its kind in the U.S., DNA testing confirmed that 30 percent of 143 tested shrimp products—found in 111 restaurants and grocery stores—were misrepresented. read more

Karmenu Vella Becomes New European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Karmenu Vella being interviewed by European Parliament Committees. (Photo: European Parliament / Flickr Creative Commons) Last week, the European Parliament voted to confirm Karmenu Vella as the new Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, which will be headed by President Jean-Claude Juncker. read more

Meet the Eerie Stargazer, Wolf-Fish, and Polka Dot Batfish: The Halloween Creature Feature Edition

Wolf-fish. (Photo: Gaellery / Flickr Creative Commons) If you’re an ocean lover, you’re probably familiar with some of the ocean’s creepiest monsters of the deep—like anglerfish, with their glowing lures to trick their prey, to the blob sculpin, a ghostly-looking creature that’s sure to give anyone a fright. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Shell Seeks to Extend Arctic Drilling Period, Great Barrier Reef Protection Plan “Inadequate,” and More

Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig grounded in 2012 in the Arctic. Shell wants to extend their lease to for exploratory drilling in the Arctic. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos / Flickr Creative Commons) - Australian...Show More Summary

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