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CEO Note: Introducing Lars “Lasse” Gustavsson, Oceana in Europe’s New Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Posted Tue, Oct 21, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to baltic sea, Lars Gustavsson, Oceana in Europe, Oceana leadership

Lars “Lasse” Gustavsson becomes new leader of Oceana in Europe

Lars “Lasse” Gustavsson, the new Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. (Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson)

I am writing to you today to inform you of leadership changes for our European campaigns for abundant oceans.

Xavier Pastor, our leader in Europe, will retire next year after more than four decades in ocean conservation. My colleagues and I spent the past several months searching to find his successor, among many excellent candidates. I can now announce that Lars “Lasse” Gustavsson will replace Pastor as the next Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Oceana in Europe.


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CEO Note: President Obama Designates Largest Marine Reserve in the World

Posted Fri, Oct 17, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to marine reserves, mpas, Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, President Obama MPAs

Grey reef sharks in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Photo: Kydd Pollock / USFWS – Pacific Region / Flickr Creative Commons)

Last month, President Obama finalized the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument ­­— the largest marine reserve in the entire world. First created by President George W. Bush in 2009, the reserve is centered around several islands and atolls in the central Pacific Ocean. The newly expanded reserve will protect an area three times the size of California from commercial fishing, dumping, and mining.

On behalf of Oceana and the ocean conservation community, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate this extraordinary presidential action.


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CEO Note: Sperm Whales Left Unprotected from Drift Gillnets

Posted Sun, Sep 21, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to California drift gillnets, California marine life, drift gillnet swordfish fishery, drift gillnets, sperm whales

drift gillnets threaten sperm whales off California

“Mother and baby sperm whale." (Photo: Gabriel Barathieu, Wikimedia Commons) 

Off the coast of California, deadly drift gillnets threaten some of our most iconic and amazing marine species, like the endangered sperm whale. These nets can entangle and drown open-ocean animals that swim into them. Last year, Oceana successfully pressured the government to put in place emergency rules to protect sperm whales from these deadly nets. Unfortunately, the government recently let these protections expire, violating two federal laws.


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CEO Note: SeaChange Summer Party a Huge Success for the Oceans

Posted Fri, Aug 22, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to austin nichols, Leonardo Dicaprio, seachange, seachange summer party

Leonardo DiCaprio attended Oceana's SeaChange Party

Leonardo DiCaprio at SeaChange. (Photo: Oceana / Tom Vickers)

Last weekend I had the honor of recognizing award-winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio for his dedicated and generous support of ocean conservation. DiCaprio was Oceana’s guest of honor at our annual SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach, California.


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CEO Note: Progress for Sharks

Posted Fri, Aug 15, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to dusky sharks, great white sharks, hammerheads, shark fin trade, shark week, sharks

Sharks conservation has made progress, but still needs your help

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

If you’re like most ocean lovers, you’ve probably spent a few nights this week tuning in to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. But as we celebrate our collective love of sharks, we should also take a moment to reflect on the many threats that sharks face.


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CEO Note: Another Chlorine Plant Goes Mercury-Free

Posted Thu, Jul 17, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to bluefin tuna, chlorine plants, fda mercury advice, mercury

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Mediterranean

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Mediterranean. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen)

We all know that seafood is good for you, and that fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3s. And I’m sure you’ve also heard warnings about mercury levels in certain species of fish, especially if you or anyone you know is starting a family. But you might not know that the chlorine industry was a major source of mercury released to our environment.


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CEO Note: “Wasted Cash” Report Reveals Staggering Cost of Bycatch

Posted Fri, Jul 11, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to bycatch, fisheries discards, seafood losses, wasted cash

Bycatch

(Photo: Oceana / María José Cornax)

Discarding fish is akin to throwing money into the ocean, yet the U.S. fishing industry wastes millions of pounds of seafood each year. Bycatch is not only wasteful, but kills countless numbers of marine creatures like dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks in the process.


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CEO Note: A Look at the Impressive Outcomes from Our Ocean Conference

Posted Wed, Jul 2, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to ceo note, illegal fishing, obama, our oceans conference

President Obama announced will expand the protection of the Pacific Ocean

The Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Photo: Island Conservation / Flickr Creative Commons)

I wrote to you a few short weeks ago about our tremendous victory in Oceana’s campaign to stop seafood fraud — at the U.S. State Department’s Our Ocean conference, President Obama committed to tackling seafood fraud and pirate fishing. As realistic as I often am about these conferences, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcomes of Our Ocean.


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CEO Note: California Fails to List Imperiled White Sharks

Posted Mon, Jun 23, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to california great white sharks, ceo note, endangered species, Northeastern Pacific white shark population, white shark population

Great White Shark (carcharodon carcharias)

Great White Shark (carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Scubaben)

White sharks off the coast of California are in danger. This population of white sharks, occurring off California and Mexico, is genetically unique and isolated from other groups of white sharks across the world’s oceans.


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