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Oceana Magazine Spring 2013: News & Notes

sea turtle and fish1. Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agencies’ failure to protect critical habitat areas for threatened and endangered loggerhead sea turtles on their nesting beaches and in Atlantic and Pacific waters. These turtles face threats from fisheries, climate change and coastal development.

 

2. Shell Oil’s drill rig the Kulluk ran aground near Kodiak, Alaska on New Year’s Eve, and was pulled from shore nearly a week later to a place of safer refuge for evaluation. This latest accident follows a drilling season full of problems and near disasters.

 

Mike Hirshfield3. Oceana’s senior vice president for North America and chief scientist, Mike Hirshfield, sat down with ABC's 20/20 to discuss the widespread problem of seafood fraud.



 

4. Oceana found that 39 percent of sea food is mislabeled in the New York City area in a recent report. DNA testing of seafood samples from 81 retail outlets, including grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues, confirmed that 56 samples were mislabeled according to FDA guidelines.

 

the Gorringe bank5. The Oceana Ranger expedition explored a series of underwater mountains off the west coast of Portugal known as the Gorringe bank. The crew documented hundreds of species as well as litter and abandoned fishing gear.