The Beacon

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

5 Valentine’s Tips from Your Favorite Ocean Animals

(Photo: HarmonyonPlanetEarth)

We humans have developed a few token signs of affection when it comes to love and finding that special person: buy some chocolates, wine and dine by candlelight, and romantic strolls by the beach. We probably think we know best when it comes to showing love, but there are a few creatures in our the oceans that might prove us wrong, and maybe even give us a few pointers. Meet a few ocean animals that are masters of the art of affection.



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What’s in Your Maryland-Style Crabcake?

(Photo: Benjamin Wilson)

For seafood lovers in Maryland, and for many around the U.S., there’s one fact that rings true: there’s nothing like a good Maryland crabcake. That rich, lumpy goodness comes from the Maryland “blue crab,” callinectes sapidus, and the dish is a cultural and culinary staple for the entire state. So, naturally, some people will do anything to protect them.


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Supporter Spotlight: Summer Osterman

(Photo: Summer Osterman)

In each issue of Oceana magazine, we sit down with one of Oceana’s many supporters to learn why they are passionate about the oceans. In the most recent issue, we chatted with Summer Osterman, a yacht charter broker with Burgess Yachts. You can read our Q&A below below.


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States Begin Taking Seafood Fraud Into Their Own Hands

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Coastal states take great pride in providing their consumers with fresh, locally caught seafood. But ask yourself this…how do we know that what’s on the menu is what we’re actually being served?

Last year, Oceana released the results of a nationwide study, which found that 33 percent of the more than 1,200 seafood samples it tested were mislabeled, according to FDA guidelines.


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Saved from Shell: Shell Cancels Plans for Arctic Ocean Drilling in 2014

(Photo: U.S. Geological Survey)

An ice-ridden, remote, ecologically-rich, and picturesque region of Alaska’s Arctic will remain that way, at least for 2014. On January 30, Royal Dutch Shell’s new CEO, Ben van Beurden, made the announcement that sent a wave of praise ricocheting throughout the conservation community: Shell will not pursue offshore oil drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean this year.


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Oceana Victory—NOAA Backs Down from Undermining State Fin Bans!

Oceana ran a series of Metro ads urging NOAA to side with sharks, not shark finners. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

After months of public campaigning and pressure by Oceana and other conservation groups, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially backed down from a proposal that would undermine bans on the sale of shark fins in Washington, Maryland and California. NOAA has not yet ruled on other states, or clarified whether it will drop disturbing language in a new shark fishing rule.


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Workers Evacuated As Another ‘Out-of-Control’ Gulf Rig Leaks Methane Gas

(Photo: J. Stephen Conn)

Last Thursday, a natural gas well operating off the coast of Louisiana began leaking methane gas into the air. Given the recent number of large number of spills and leaks taking place on Gulf rigs, it’s hard to believe that the federal government is now considering allowing drilling to take place in the Atlantic Ocean. Clearly, the government is more concerned with increased drilling rather than ensuring safety of our workers and the environment.


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Scientific American Explains: How to Save the Oceans and Feed the World

(Photo: Oceana /Jenn Hueting)

“Let’s save the oceans and feed the world.” We’ve been saying that a lot lately, but now we have company.

Last week, Bloomberg Philanthropies committed a historic $53 million over five years to improve international fisheries management. The project will help deliver healthy oceans to our future and ensure that 700 million people can eat a healthy seafood meal every day. It’s a necessary intervention for the oceans at a time when overfishing threatens our food supply and we face the challenge of feeding 9 billion people in the not-so-distant future.


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Chef’s Corner: Mario Batali's Jellyfish Salad

(Photo: Ken Goodman Photography)

When you think of your favorite seafood dishes, we’re pretty sure that jellyfish is not on your list. But this often-overlooked sea creature can be the star of some very tasty dishes. In the recent issue of Oceana magazine, we featured Chef Mario Batali’s recipe for jellyfish salad

 


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Bloomberg by the Numbers: How Boosting Fish Populations Can Feed the World

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

We’ve been talking a lot this week about Vibrant Oceans, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative. We’ve talked about our plan to work alongside Rare & EKO Asset Management to reform international fisheries management and to rebuild fish populations around the world. But we also need to discuss an equally important reason why this commitment is truly historic. By reforming international fisheries, the Vibrant Oceans initiative tackles an issue that affects not only the state of our oceans, but us. People. People everywhere.


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