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Not your mother's starfish

Posted Tue, Mar 25, 2008 by maureen

A recent Antarctic expedition boasted dozens of new species, including these 2-foot wide starfish.

To make (slightly smaller) starfish cookies at home, consider adopting one from our marine creature adoption center.


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Congress: Make Global Warming a Priority!

Posted Tue, Mar 25, 2008 by maureen

Check out this message from our friends at League of Conservation Voters. Will you ask Congress to make global warming a priority in 2008? Take action here.


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Help Protect Monterey Bay!

Posted Tue, Feb 12, 2008 by maureen to

To most of us, the word "sanctuary" conjures up images of a sacred, protected place. But in the case of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, that is unfortunately not the case.


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Now Entering the Year of the Reef

Posted Mon, Jan 28, 2008 by maureen

It takes coral centuries to grow into the beautiful reef gardens that sprawl beneath the sea - but only a moment to destroy them. Destructive fishing methods like bottom trawling as well as pollution and coastal development have put many reefs at risk.

To increase awareness and understanding of coral reefs, and to further conserve these precious ecosystems, the International Coral Reef Initiative has designated 2008 as the International Year of the Reef!

For the last two summers, our catamaran, Ranger has been patrolling the Mediterranean, documenting marine species and habitat. These brilliant underwater photographs are used as part of our research to convince governments to enact and enforce policies to protect our oceans. Please do your part to protect our corals and celebrate this special year.

    * Be an informed consumer: Make sure any marine organisms you purchase have been collected in an ecologically sound manner.

    * Don't dump waste: Whether it's in the form of sewage or run-off from your front lawn, it drains directly to the ocean.

    * Support our efforts to stop destructive trawling by making a donation today.

Destructive trawls and dredges use large, heavy nets kept open by doors, weighing as much as several tons each, that drag across large areas of seafloor to catch fish that live on or near the ocean floor.

Oceana is campaigning to protect deep sea corals and sponges and other vulnerable seafloor habitat, and to prevent bottom trawling from expanding into new areas. Learn More >>

They may not move a whole lot, but corals are actually tiny animals, invertebrates that come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be found in waters the world over: warm, cold, deep or shallow. They provide food and shelter for myriad marine creatures and endless opportunities for discovery among scuba divers and snorkelers.


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Plastic Oceans

Posted Tue, Jan 1, 2008 by maureen

Learn about the growing problem of plastics in our oceans and what you can do to help.


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Why Oceana Deserves Your $$$

Posted Mon, Sep 17, 2007 by maureen

If you're spending three bucks a day on gourmet coffee, you can probably spare a little dough for a do-gooder charity. Might I suggest Oceana? Our campaigns are strategic and effective and do a world of good for our oceans. But don't take my word for it - see this article by Kiplinger.


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Ocean Conservation Is In Style

Posted Tue, Aug 28, 2007 by maureen

Planet Protect Sportswear has just opened a new online store that gives customers the option to donation 10 percent of the purchase price to the best darn ocean conservation group out there.

If you'd like to donate proceeds from your biz, let us know at [email protected].



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Next Time I'll Play Scrabble

Posted Wed, Aug 15, 2007 by maureen

Last night, I saw a preview for Kevin Bacon's new flick "Death Sentence (must-see!)." Not so long after, I spotted a promo for Damages - the new series starring Glenn Close and my favorite Oceana board member, Ted Danson. Since whatever I was watching last night failed to hold my attention, I found myself playing the classic six degrees of Kevin Bacon game.

Here it goes:



Ted Danson and Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan
Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.



Wait...that was really easy. Turns out that didn't hold my attention that long either.

If I wanted to do it in even one less move, I could have just cited this website, that has Kevin, Ted and others raising big bucks for charities.


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Untz, Untz, Untz, Untz

Posted Tue, Aug 7, 2007 by maureen

I, like many of the staff here at Oceana, have often wrestled with how to make our scientific, dare I say "wonky" ocean issues a bit more digestible for the general audience. Take, for example, ocean acidification.

How does one get John Q. Public to pay attention long enough to understand this complex byproduct of global warming? The answer has escaped me ... until now.

Thanks to the work of Jason Him Onesy, I now know that when Oceana launches our global warming campaign (stand by on that one folks), we should lead with some off-the-hook, fresh out of the club scene, techno beats.


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