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Ten Ocean Tips

We all know oceans are pretty much the cradle of life on this planet - regulating our climate, providing sustenance for billions, the list goes on forever. For all our oceans do for us, wouldn't it be nice if we could join together and do a little something for our oceans? It's not as hard as you might think.

In fact, here's a handy list of ways to show your love for our oceans:

1. Fish is healthy and delicious.  Before you head to the supermarket, download our easy guide to seafood (pdf) to make sure your dining choices aren't jeopardizing dwindling fish populations.

2. Women of child-bearing age and kids should avoid fish that is high in mercury. Supermarkets featured on our Green List are willing to protect their shoppers by posting the FDA advisory at their fish counters. Find out if your local grocer made the cut.

3. Sharks, and dolphins, and turtles, oh my!  For a special occasion or just to say "Hi," send your friends one of our gorgeous e-cards.  It's a great way to keep in touch--and remind them about the beauty of ocean life.

4. If you cannot wait for the next opportunity to speak out about ocean related issues, visit our action center to find out about urgent ocean issues. We are counting on you!

5. Escape, even for just a brief moment, every time you look up at your computer screen.  Download a sea creatures screensaver.

6. In just five years, Oceana has been instrumental in protecting 800,000 square miles of ocean. Help keep the victories coming - make a donation and help protect the oceans.

7. Brush up on oceans issues.  Read our latest reports about the plight of sea turtles, impact of cruise pollution on sea life, efforts to protect deep sea coral gardens and much more.

8. Do the public a service! Add our banners to your website.

9. Shop blue. Purchase Oceana goodies - nifty tote bags, cool mugs, hip hoodies and tanks. Part of the proceeds will support our work to conserve the oceans.

10. Strength is in numbers. Send a note to friends and urge them to get involved in the fight to save our oceans.

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I'll Take Ted Danson for $800, Alex

Answer: He once played the role of a former Red Sox pitcher-turned bartender, now he plays the part of ocean crusader as a member of Oceana's Board of Directors.

Who is Ted Danson?

The actor, who's advocated for ocean conservation for nearly 20 years, has appeared in everything from "Saving Private Ryan" to HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Most recently he appeared as one of the categories on the television quiz show Jeopardy!

Acting and advocacy - that's what we call a true daily double.

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Mr. Finley Goes to Washington

Of all the suits mulling about the Hill the other day, I'm fairly confident mine made the biggest splash. But what kind of suit would make a bolder impression than a $3,000 Valentino or Yves Saint Laurent?

Try a six-some-odd-foot-tall red, rubber fish suit. Watch out Armani! I know, you're probably thinking "what gives?"

Long story short, for the better part of a Thursday I embraced the identity of the beloved mascot, better known to Oceana campaigners working to eliminate foreign fishing subsidies as "Finley the Species-neutral Fish," crusader for all who call the briny deep their home.

But why would I swap the cool comfort of my office cubical for a claustrophobic, heat intensive, red, rubber fish suit? That's actually a pretty good question. It wasn't long after meeting the pre-pubescent boys who jostled my head around a bit before tagging my back with campaign stickers, and the adolescent girls who shoved me back `n' forth arguing over who would kiss the fish in the next picture that I started asking myself the same damn thing.

It's a tough job, so they say, but somebody's got to do it. And when nobody volunteered, I suppose that's when I was reeled in.

Spending four hours in a personal-sized sauna wasn't all bad, though. Finley and his friends managed to garner some attention from Hill photographers and spread their maritime mirth among tourists, staffers and oncoming traffic.

What's more, the resolution Finley and his friends were lobbying in favor of passed the following day.

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And the FLIX Award goes to ...

The Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project announced the top three winners of its inaugural SB FLIX Contest which included submissions from some 70 would-be Hollywood filmmakers with a passion for ocean conservation.

In a contest that called for creativity, energy, and different perspectives, "What's With the Water," a piece on water pollution took first place. "Your Dinner," a video about water contamination took second, while "Ocean War," about the Bush Administration's role in ocean pollution rounded off the list at third.

>> Check it out!

Shifting Baselines, now four years old, is a partnership between Hollywood and ocean conservation to develop new and innovative ways to communicate the severity of ocean decline.

Click here to see some videos Oceana has put together that highlight threats facing our oceans.

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Dishin' on Fish

If your meal plans for the next 40 days include fish on Fridays, be sure you're filling your belly with a sustainable species that's low in mercury.

Bite into a delicious bass, or chow down on some U.S.-farmed catfish. Keep away from the cod and don't eat the shark unless it tries to eat you first. Click here for a list of the best and worst seafood choices.

The decision is yours to make. Don't flounder.

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