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Ocean News: Parrotfish Could Be Key to Saving Caribbean Coral Reefs, “Whale Zones” Proposed for Great Barrier Reef, and More

A stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) in the Bahamas

A stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) in the Bahamas, pictured during a 2005 Oceana Expedition (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

- Kiribati, a Pacific island nation, recently purchased land on the Fijian island Vanua Levu in preparation for climate change. The president doesn’t expect to move everyone there, “but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it," he said. The Guardian


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Fishery Managers Move to Clean up the California Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery

sperm whale

A sperm whale. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

The Pacific Fishery Management Council recently made a historic move by voting to clean up the California swordfish drift gillnet fishery—one of the dirtiest U.S. fisheries for bycatch.


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Ocean News: Manatees Could Lose Endangered Status, Ocean Acidification Causing Fish to Lose Their Friends, and More

Manatee.

(Photo: Oceana)

- Earlier this week, U.S. Coast Guard officials found 65 dead sharks in an illegal drift net 20 miles off South Padre Island, Texas. An airplane spotted the mile-long net and decomposing sharks, and immediately deployed a patrol boat. Houston Chronicle


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Photos: Tips for Protecting Coastal Wildlife This Fourth of July Weekend

Leatherback sea turtle hatchling

A leatherback sea turtle hatchling (Dermochelys coriacea). (Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

Who doesn’t love hitting the beach for the Fourth of July? Whether you’re camping on your own remote barrier island or visiting a populated beach, the Fourth is a great time to enjoy the beach.


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Ocean News: BP Wants Money Back for Overpayments, Obama Has a Big Opportunity to Protect Whales, and More

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas). (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

- Scientists are predicting a slighter larger than average “dead zone” for the Chesapeake Bay this summer, meaning that nearly 2 cubic miles of the Bay will lack the needed dissolved oxygen for fish and crabs. The Gulf of Mexico, on the other hand, is predicted to have average-sized dead zone, caused by excessive nutrient pollution from wastewater and agriculture. The Baltimore Sun


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Ocean News: Researchers Discover How Disco Clams Light Up, Pygmy Blue Whales Found to Winter Off Indonesia, and More

The disco clam.

The disco clam (Ctenoides ales). (Photo: Jayvee Fernandez / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists found fossils indicating that animals have been building reefs for 548 million years, about 7 million years earlier than previously thought. This means animals starting depositing calcium carbonate shells around the Cambrian explosion. Nature


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Ocean News: Crude Oil Affects Mahi-Mahi, Arctic Migratory Birds Breeding Earlier, and More

The pectoral sandpiper breeds in the Arctic

The pectoral sandpiper breeds in the Arctic and winters in Central and South America. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons)

- NOAA found that delisting the central north Pacific population of humpback whales from the Endangered Species Act could be warranted after a positive 90-day review. The state of Alaska issued a petition in February to delist this population. Alaska Dispatch


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Ocean News: Green Sea Turtle Reveals Migratory ‘Superhighway,’ Washington Orcas Found to be Highly Contaminated, and More

A killer whale (Orcinus orca) found just north of Washington.

A killer whale (Orcinus orca) found just north of Washington. (Photo: Miles Ritter / Flickr Creative Commons)

- In a new report, researchers call for “immediate protection” of the Pitcairn Islands, which sit halfway between New Zealand and South America in the Pacific Ocean. Scientists found endemic coral reefs and an abundance of fish, and argue it should be protected while it’s still a healthy ecosystem. BBC News


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New Oceana Report Unveils Wasted Cash in U.S. Fisheries

Wasted Cash report shows the striking cost of bycatch.

(Photo: Oceana)

Bycatch, the capture and waste of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, costs fishermen and the marine environment in more ways than one.  In addition to being ecologically wasteful, discarding fish is akin to throwing money into the ocean.  Today, Oceana released a new report that spotlights the economic losses from bycatch—an amount that could reach a staggering $1 billion annually.   


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Global Ocean Commission Calls for High Seas Fuel Subsidy Elimination

An illegal driftnet vessel catching a swordfish.

An illegal driftnet vessel catching a swordfish. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Ceutos)

The Global Ocean Commission, an independent initiative comprised of 17 government and business leaders from around the world, called for extensive international reform for high seas management in a new report released on Tuesday.


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