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Ocean News: Obama Makes Big Moves for Tackling Seafood Fraud and Protecting Marine Habitat, and More

President Obama vowed to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing

A fish market in Jessup, Maryland. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

- In a video announcement released at the Our Ocean conference today, President Obama announced that he will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. This Monument contains some of the most pristine tropical ecosystems in the world, but is vulnerable to ocean acidification and climate change. The Associated Press


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Ocean News: Great White Shark Records Updated, Ex-BP Engineer Gets a New Trial, and More

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) (Photo: Scubaben / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A former BP engineer won a new trial on Thursday. A U.S. District judge concluded Mix—who was originally convicted for obstructing justice related to the 2010 spill—didn’t have an impartial jury. The New York Times


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Ocean News: New Plastic Rock Discovered, Grocers Respond to Prawn Fishery Slavery, and More

Great Barracuda in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary

A great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys. NOAA will now allow members of the public to submit marine sanctuary nominations. (Photo: Phil's 1stPix  / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Yesterday, NOAA updated its marine sanctuary nomination process for the first time in 20 years, allowing the American public to have a role in designating national marine sanctuaries. Have a favorite beach or diving site that you think needs protection? Learn more about the nomination process here. NOAA


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Ocean News: World Oceans Day Edition

A leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) hatchling

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

World Oceans Day is on Sunday, June 8—a day to celebrate and raise awareness for marine ecosystems. Today’s round-up features both the perils facing the oceans today, as well as advancements to protect them. Take a look below, and click here to find a list of World Oceans Day events near you.


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Ocean News: Sea Star Wasting Explodes in Oregon, Monterey’s Seafood Watch Gets Streamlined, and More

Ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus)

Ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) (Photo: Leilah Thiel / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Construction of the world’s largest artificial reef is underway in Mexico, a project aimed to rebuild habitat for marine organisms and protect the coast from erosion. Once completed, it will stretch longer than the Brooklyn Bridge and sit parallel to Punta Brava Beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. Mexico News Network


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Ocean News: Marine Reserves in Israel, Shark Scientists Unite, Dolphins and Cod Get a Breather

hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini)

School of scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini). (Photo: Oceana / Rob Stewart)

- Last week, Israel’s Protection of the Coastal Environment approved its first deep-sea maritime reserve off the coast of the northern village Rosh Hanikra — the first of its kind for Israel. Haaretz


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Ocean News: California Gets Closer to Cutting Seafood Fraud, Fabien Cousteau Dives Underwater for a Month, and More

Coral off of the Florida Keys, USA.

Brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) in the Florida Keys, where Fabien Cousteau just embarked on a 31-day underwater journey. (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

Welcome to the first “Ocean News” post! Going forward, Oceana will be posting a daily round-up of the top ocean news from the previous day, ranging from heart-warming stories of entangled whale rescues to new research on sea level rise. Stay tuned for more!


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