The Beacon

Oceana’s blog about the latest ocean news, policy and science.

Sam Talbot's Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Citrus Crema

Fish tacos with tomato salsa. (Photo: Kyle Mahan / Flickr Creative Commons)

October marks National Seafood Month, a time to raise awareness for sustainable fisheries and celebrate the benefits of seafood in one’s diet.


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Photos: Three Days Swimming around the Hawaiian Na Pali Coast

Aaron Peirsol raised $,1500 for Oceana

(Photo: Naoko Watanabe) 

As an Olympian swimmer, it’s been a decade-old goal of mine to take on the choppy waters of the Na Pali coast, located off Hawaii’s oldest island of Kaua'i. The rugged coastline leads into rough waters that are even challenging for a professional swimmer like myself, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to take on.


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Ocean Roundup: Costa Rica Restricts Industrial Tuna Fishing, West Coast Sea Stars May Be Making a Comeback, and More

Sea stars may be reviving on the West Coast

A sunflower sea star. Sea stars are said to be making a comeback from sea star wasting syndrome. (Photo: light-bends / Flickr Creative Commons)

- The United Kingdom’s chief scientist is sounding the alarm on climate change, warning that the oceans can only absorb about one-third of what they’re emitting. His warning comes after new studies highlight how ocean acidification affects animals from sea urchins to lugworms. BBC News


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Oceana Magazine Supporter Spotlight: Jean-Cristophe Vie

Jean-Cristophe Vie is the director of SOS - Save Our Species

Jean-Cristophe Vie, director of SOS - Save Our Species (Photo: © Michel Gunther)

Each issue of Oceana magazine highlights one Oceana supporter. The summer 2014 issue of Oceana magazine put the spotlight on Jean-Cristophe Vie, who is the director of SOS - Save Our Species, a coalition that supports field conservation around the world to protect many of the most endangered animals. Take a look below to learn more about Jean-Cristophe Vie and SOS - Save Our Species.


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Video: Oceana’s “Drill, Spill, Repeat” Documentary Wins Award at Sunscreen Film Fest

Oceana's "Drill, Spill, Repeat" video won an award

Fire boat response crews battle the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The 2010 BP oil spill disaster is discussed in Oceana’s documentary, “Drill, Spill, Repeat.” (Photo: US Coast Guard - 100421-G-XXXXL- 003 - Deepwater Horizon fire/ WikiMedia Commons)

The 2010 BP oil spill disaster killed 11 people and spewed over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging ecosystems, local economies, and lifestyles for many Gulf residents. It’s been nearly four and a half years since the spill, but its effects on marine life and Gulf fishermen still persist. 


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Ocean Roundup: Great Barrier Reef Health “Never Been Worse,” Coral Could Be New Substitute for Bone Grafts, and More

Coal ports and development threatens the Great Barrier Reef

The Ribbon Reef, located within the Great Barrier Reef. Reef health has been heavily compromised by development along the coast. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A new report found that ospreys don’t carry “significant” amounts of pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread presence in waters and some fish. This was the first study that looked at bioaccumulation of chemicals in osprey food webs. EurekAlert


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New Shark Repellent May Keep Sharks from Becoming Bycatch

A new shark repellent may keep sharks from getting caught on longlines

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). Overfishing has led to serious declines in dusky shark population numbers. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

It’s estimated that tens of millions of sharks die from incidentally being caught in fishing gear each year—more commonly known as bycatch—from longlines, trawls, and gillnets. Commercial pelagic longlines are particularly dangerous, dangling thousands of baited hooks into the water for extended periods of time, typically intending to catch swordfish, mackerel, and tuna.


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CEO Note: Wyss Foundation Paves the Way for Oceana to Rebuild Fisheries in Peru, Canada

The Wyss Foundation grant will help rebuild fisheries in Peru and Canada

An anchovy trawler in Peru. (Photo: Derek Law / Flickr Creative Commons)

I have an exciting announcement about Oceana’s efforts to save the oceans and feed the world: The Wyss Foundation will provide up to $10 million in matching funds over the next five years to help Oceana rebuild fisheries in Peru and Canada.


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Ocean Roundup: Baby Sea Turtles Tracked with Tiny Tags, Canada Restricts Large Area from Commercial Fishing, and More

Nanoacoustic tags can help track loggerheads

A baby loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. New nanoacoustic tags can now track sea turtle hatchlings. (Photo: Oceana / Cory Wilson)

- For years, scientists have used satellite tags to track adult sea turtles and learn more about their behavior, but technology didn’t exist to sufficiently study smaller sea turtle hatchlings. Now, scientists have used nanoacoustic tags to track baby sea turtles’ movements after West Africa during their first few days in the ocean. Science


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Bird Casualties from BP’s Gulf Spill Much Higher than Original Estimates

The BP oil spill had widespread effects on birds

An oiled gannet is cleaned at the Theodore Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2010 following the BP spill. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Wikimedia Commons)

In September, a federal judge found BP’s negligent and reckless behavior to be at fault for the 2010 BP oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.


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