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Cold rush

iceberg

One of the greatest concerns facing ocean activists is the potential opening of the Northwest Passage from Greenland to the Chukchi Sea as Arctic ice continues to recede, leading to more oil and gas development and increased shipping traffic.


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Traveling? Have some eco tips.

Today, Oceana debuts its partnership with popular travel site Away.com. My first column for the eco-sensitive traveler is on sea turtles, which lay their eggs on some of the world's most popular beaches. Don't miss the slideshow, which includes photos taken by Oceana's Ranger divers.


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Shark fin bloop

Delta Air Lines meant to inaugurate its first nonstop flight from Atlanta to Shanghai in the finest fashion that would honor traditions at both ends of its journey: Coca-Cola at one end, and shark fin soup at the other.


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What we don't know could fill an ocean

Today at Oceana HQ, we wrapped up Fish School, which is a crash course in ocean conservancy for new employees and board members. In 12 hours or so, I was reminded of how much we know about the ocean in the context of how far we can push our fisheries (not much farther), but I was also reminded how little we know.


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'The coolest new fish yet'

frowny fish with legs

Those were the words Oceana's chief scientist Mike Hirshfield used to describe this newly discovered species, and he may have it right.


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Fashionable for fishes

Vanity Fair spot of Oceana employees and supporters

The oceans got glam treatment this month, as Vanity Fair's Green Issue features Oceana in a two-page spread photographed in California and New York. The photo, shot by famed art photog Art Streiber, paired Oceana's celeb champions and policy wonks. I think they all look dignified, intelligent, and dedicated; also, I want to buy that cable-knit sweater Sam Waterston's selling.

From left: movie producer Keith Addis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, fisheries guru Dr. Daniel Pauly, actress Amber Valletta, Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless, Oceana board member María Eugenia Girón, former Colombian president César Gaviria, and Jack McCoy, er, Sam Waterston. The Vanity Fair issue is available online and will hit newsstands later this week.


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Moving Day at Oceana HQ

This is a big day at Oceana's global headquarters. After months of anticipation, we're up and running at our new office in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood. Our new office address is 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Fifth Floor; Washington, D.C., 20036. I think it has a nice ring to it.


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Sand dollars: not just a shell you pick up from the beach one at a time

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that sand dollar larvae have the abili


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Plenty of ocean news to go around

This week's Science Times features a veritable cornucopia of ocean-related stories.

Check out the Times' take on the human impacts map, which shows that 40 percent of the oceans are heavily affected by human activity; a multimedia version of the map itself, which breaks down the various categories of impact, including acidification and shipping; a slideshow of some of the ocean's beautiful coral habitats and creatures; and a preview of a new study on human impacts on corals.


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