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Ocean Roundup: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Catch Quotas Raised, Kemp’s Ridley Turtles Stranding in High Numbers, and More

ICCAT raised catch quotas for Atlantic bluefin tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thynnus thynnus). The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) has raised catch quotas for Atlantic bluefin tuna for the first time since 1990. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen)

- This past weekend, more than 45 endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles became stranded on Cape Cod beaches after suffering from hypothermia. Animal strandings are typically a bad thing, but in this case, say scientists, strandings mean that the sea turtles can be rescued before dying from hypothermia. The Boston Globe


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Photos: Happy Manatee Awareness Month!

November is Manatee Awareness Month

(Photo: Oceana)

Each November marks Manatee Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and educate others on these gentle giants. This celebratory month falls right around the start of manatee’s winter season—November 15—when manatees start to move into warmer waters as temperatures drop below 68° Fahrenheit, according to Defenders of Wildlife.


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Ocean Roundup: Humpback Whale Scars Can Reveal Migration Patterns, Sea Star Die-Offs Linked to Virus, and More

Humpback whale scars can be used to identify migration patterns

A humpback whale off Monterey Bay, California. Scientists have found that humpback whale scars can be used to identify their migration patterns. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons)

- In a new study, researchers say that identifying scars on humpback whales from killer whales and cookiecutter sharks is helping scientists better understand their migration patterns. Because cookiecutter sharks are typically found in warmer waters, whereas killer whales are widely distributed, scars from cookiecutters show that humpbacks recently passed through warmer waters. Independent Online


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Oceana’s New Report Highlights Uses, Benefits of Global Fishing Watch Technology

Oceana released a new report on Global Fishing Watch

A trawler fishing in the Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

Illegal and unsustainable fishing activity is taking a tremendous toll on the world’s oceans, stripping them of healthy fish populations and damaging precious ecosystems. Not only does the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimate that nearly one-third of assessed marine fish stocks have been overfished, but they also estimate that 90 percent were either fully fished or overfished in 2011.


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Photos: Oceana’s Dusky the Shark Visits Washington, D.C. to Raise Awareness for Dusky Sharks

Dusky the shark made his second public appearance around D.C.

Dusky the Shark making his second public appearance in Washington, D.C. last week. (Photo: Vincent Ricardel)

After Dusky the Shark came ashore for the first time this summer at Discovery Channel’s Shark Week kick-off party in California, Oceana’s Dusky the Shark made his second public appearance in Washington, D.C. last week to help raise awareness for his species.


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Ocean News: Loggerhead Sea Turtles Can Get the Bends, Global Sea Surface Temperatures at Highest Point, and More

Loggerhead sea turtles can get the bends after interaction with fisheries

A loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean. New research shows loggerheads can get the bends after commercial fishing capture. (Photo:  Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

- The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that it was adding Pacific bluefin tuna to their "red list" of threatened species during the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney. The group cited its massive demand in Asian sushi and sashimi markets as reasons for population declines over the past 22 years. Business Insider


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Video: Learn How Global Fishing Watch Can be Used to Tackle Illegal Fishing

Oceana, Google, and SkyTruth released Global Fishing Watch

A trawler fishing in the Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

As you may have heard yesterday on The Beacon, Oceana, Google, and SkyTruth announced their new platform, Global Fishing Watch, that uses satellite data to track fishing activity around the world.


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Ocean Roundup: Gabon Creates Massive Marine Reserve, Indonesia’s Largest Manta Ray Dealer Arrested, and More

Indonesia's largest manta ray dealer has been arrested

A giant manta ray (Manta birostris) in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. (Photo: Arturo de Frias Marques / CC-BY-SA-4.0  via Wikimedia Commons)

- A man accused of being the largest manta ray dealer in Indonesia (since the nation declared itself as the largest sanctuary for these fish) has been arrested by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Manta rays are listed as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Aljazeera


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Oceana Partners with Google and SkyTruth to Announce New Tool to Track Global Fishing Activity

Global Fishing Watch shows the first global view of commercial fishing

A look at Global Fishing Watch, a platform that pulls satellite data to show the first global view of commercial fishing. (Photo: Global Fishing Watch)

Today, Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google announced their partnership to develop a new big-data technology platform, called Global Fishing Watch, that analyzes massive amounts of satellite data to create the first ever global view of commercial fishing.


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Introducing Eerie Eels: Some of the Most Underappreciated Fish in the Oceans (Photos)

Eels come in varying shapes, colors, and sizes

Easter Island moray eel (Gymnothorax nasuta). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen)

When you think of the vast marine biodiversity that exists, whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and tropical fish probably come to mind first. But, one animal that is often overlooked when it comes to thinking about the deep blue and its biodiversity are eels. Eels are actually fish, and the many species come in varying sizes and colors, have unique adaptations, and are found across the world’s oceans. 


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