Oceana Magazine Winter 2011: News & Notes
Oceana released a report detailing the effects of oil spills on sea turtles after the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster threatened several species of turtles, all of which are threatened or endangered by extinction. The report describes how oil and the dispersants used to break up the oil can harm sea turtles, both by coating the skin and through ingestion. More than 450 sea turtles were found dead in the months following the oil spill, as reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many more other dead turtles may never be found.
In September, Oceana released the results of a nationwide poll on offshore drilling conducted by David Binder Research. The results show that the American public strongly supports a precautionary approach to offshore drilling: 88 percent of the American public thinks it is important to have a science-based approach to decision-making and for response capabilities to be in place before any drilling occurs, even if it slows the timeframe for oil drilling. When asked about drilling in the Arctic, more than 70 percent were concerned about the risks.
Oceana released a new report on the benefits of offshore wind development in September. “Untapped Wealth: Offshore Wind Can Deliver Cleaner, More Affordable Energy and More Jobs Than Offshore Oil” details the potential for offshore wind energy in the eastern United States, including a state-by-state analysis. Oceana’s report found that offshore wind power in U.S. Atlantic waters could generate about 30 percent more electricity than offshore oil and could supply nearly half of the current electricity generation for east coast states.
Oceana is proud to host the Chris Corna Reef Fund (CCRF), a memorial fund set up last year to honor the late Christian Corna, an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, restaurateur and community leader. In July, CCRF gave Oceana a generous bequest from the estate of Chris’ mother, Barbara. Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless expressed his gratitude for the generosity of the Corna family.
Among other efforts, Oceana will post campaign news on CCRF’s Facebook page to engage more people in the fight to save our coral reefs. If you want to support the coral reefs about which Chris was so passionate, you can make a CCRF donation or follow the CCRF community on Facebook.
Oceana’s New York office moved to a new, larger location at 909 Third Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10022. You can also reach the office by phone, at 212.371.5013.