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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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CEO Note: Spanish Mediterranean Threatened By Seismic Airguns

(Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

I wrote to you recently about the U.S. government’s plans to allow seismic airguns in the U.S. Atlantic. This technology, used to search for oil and gas deposits, could injure an estimated 138,200 dolphins and whales and usher in offshore oil drilling. A similar battle is occurring across the Atlantic, where the Spanish government is planning to open 45 percent of the Spanish Mediterranean to seismic surveys, putting local ecosystems and economies at serious risk.


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Huffington Post Editorial: President Obama Announces Plan to Combat Seafood Fraud

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

On Tuesday, the oceans won a major victory when President Obama announced his commitment to fight seafood fraud and black market fish, as well as expand marine protected areas.


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CEO Note: President Obama Announces Plan to Combat Seafood Fraud at Global “Our Ocean” Conference

President Obama Announces Plan to Combat Seafood Fraud

The BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

I have truly historic news to share with you. Today, in a video message shared at Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Our Ocean” conference, President Obama announced his plan to develop a comprehensive program aimed at combating seafood fraud and keeping illegal fish out of the U.S. market.


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CEO Note: Oceana’s Leadership in Brazil and the Philippines

Mackerel (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen)

Several months ago, I wrote to you with big news about Oceana’s future: Oceana is one of the recipients of a $53 million joint grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, called the Vibrant Oceans initiative, which seeks to restore ocean abundance and fisheries in Brazil, the Philippines, and Chile.

I am now pleased to report back that we have hired two leaders for our work in Brazil and the Philippines — Dr. Monica Brick Peres and Attorney Gloria Estenzo Ramos.


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CEO Note: Oceana Victory - Portugal and Spain Protect Seafloor Habitat from Bottom Trawling

A reef in Spain's Balearic Islands

Cabrera National Park in Spain's Balearic Islands. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

I have great news about two important new campaign victories in Europe: Portugal and Spain will now protect more than 2 million square kilometers of seafloor habitat from destructive fishing gears.


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CEO Note: Measuring Success, One Ocean at a Time

(Photo: Oceana /  Juan Cuetos)

This CEO Note appears in the new Spring 2014 issue of Oceana magazine, now available online.

Saving the ocean sounds like a global-scale task. For practical people, such big ambitions can be off-putting. Many of us want to know that what we are doing is actually making a difference, and will readily trade in glorious unfulfilled ambitions for measurable and concrete achievements.

So do Oceana’s campaigns meet that standard?


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