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Ocean Roundup: Seafood Fraud Ring Uncovered in Australia, Fish Species Found to Change Skin Color, and More

Sea star wasting syndrome has not yet hit Alaska

Ochre sea stars in Alaska. Alaska sea stars have yet to be hit with sea star wasting disease. (Photo: David~O / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A 16-foot-long baby humpback whale was released after becoming entangled in a net off Queensland, Australia. Humpback whales are currently migrating back to their feeding grounds in Antarctica. ABC Australia


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Celebrate National Seafood Month with This Sustainable Recipe: Wild Salmon with Spinach

Ron Burn's wild salmon and spinach recipe is sustainable

Salmon with spinach. (Photo: Sean T Evans / Flickr Creative Commons)

October is 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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On World Food Day, A Look at Six of The Most Commonly Mislabeled Seafood Options

The most commonly mislabeled seafood includes snapper, tuna, and cod

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

When you go to a restaurant and think you’re ordering a white tuna or filet of wild-caught salmon, there’s a good chance the fish on your dinner plate is not what it seems. Numerous studies have uncovered that seafood fraud—the dishonest practice of swapping one type of seafood for another—occurs on a global scale in all steps of the seafood supply chain. Seafood fraud studies have been undertaken in 29 countries and on all continents except Antarctica, and every study have uncovered seafood fraud to some degree.


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Ocean Roundup: Federal Agencies Called Out on Ocean Acidification Inaction, Steller Sea Lions May Have a New Predator, and More

Pacific sleeper sharks may be preying on steller sea lions

Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. New research shows Pacific sleeper sharks may be preying on Steller sea lions. (Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife / Flickr Creative Commons)

- The Government Accountability Office has called out federal agencies for not implementing key parts of a 2009 law on ocean acidification, like estimating research costs. Some say that the news is troubling, especially since the federal government plays a key role in addressing ocean acidification. The Hill


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Video: Oceana Makes Plea for Mediterranean Swordfish, Says EU Overlooking Its Decline

A swordfish (Xiphias gladius) caught by a typical vessel for artisanal fishing swordfish with a harpoon in Italy. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Alessandro Donelli)

Update: October 15, 2014

As the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) gears up to meet this November to discuss the future of highly migratory species like bluefin tuna, swordfish, and sharks, Oceana in Europe is sounding the alarm on the European Union for not taking measurable action to help recover Mediterranean swordfish. Mediterranean swordfish are highly overfished and have declined steeply by 70 percent from 1980s levels, according to assessments taken this year.


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Introducing the Nudibranch: Multicolored Mollusks that Dazzle the Seafloor (Photos)

Nudibranch (Cratena peregrina) feeding on hydrozoan polyps in the Maddalena National Park, Sardinia, Italy. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

You may have heard of nudibranchs before, a group of soft-bodied mollusks that are just as quirky looking as their name suggests. More than 3,000 nudibranch species exist—commonly known as sea slugs—and dot shallow water habitat around the world with their vibrant colors, shapes, and sizes.


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Ocean Roundup: Sea Otter Teeth Stronger than Human’s, Sri Lanka May Face International Fishing Ban, and More

Sea otter teeth are two times stronger than human teeth

Sea otter teeth may be twice as strong as human teeth. (Photo: Alan Wolf / Flickr Creative Commons)

- New research shows that tiny microbes found along seamounts and the seafloor play a big role in sequestering methane. The scientists are still unsure as to how much methane these microbes take in, but say that they play a significant role in keeping methane from entering the water column. Grist


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Video: Two Ocean Heroes Recognized for Marine Conservation Work by Oceana in Belize

Lisa Carne and Jamal Galves received Oceana's ocean hero awards

Oceana in Belize Ocean Heroes Lisa Carne and Jamal Galves. (Photo: Alexander Ellis / Flickr)

Oceana has celebrated Ocean Hero Awards since 2009—a way to recognize and honor leaders in ocean conservation, education, and advocacy. Past recipients range from Jean Beasley, founder and director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and winner of the Animal Planet Hero of the Year, as well as Don Voss, an avid scuba diver who founded a marine debris organization.


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Deep Sea Sharks in Northeast Atlantic Still at Risk from Overexploitation, Warns Group

Deep sea sharks are over-exploited in Northeast Atlantic waters

Angular rough shark (Oxynotus centrina), a deep-sea shark species pictured off Spain. (Photo: Oceana)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a network of over 4,000 scientists, warn that sharks in deep waters in the Northeast Atlantic continue to face a bleak future. ICES provided recommendations for three deep-sea shark species—kite fin sharks, leafscale gulper sharks, and Portguese dogfish sharks—and advise that these sharks should not be involved in fishery activities.


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Ocean Roundup: Oceans Seeing Largest Sea Level Rise in 6,000 Years, Red King Crab Fishery Opens in Alaska, and More

The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opens this week

A red king crab. The fishery opens this week in Alaska. (Photo: Haddock L, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons)

- New research suggests that icebergs from the North American ice sheet once drifted past Florida when it began to melt 20,000 years ago. This research is supported by “massive scars” found along the continental shelf off Florida. Discovery News


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