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CEO Note: Conservation Needs Strong International Trade Laws

Posted Thu, Dec 5, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo andy sharpless, ceo note, froman, TPP, trans-pacific partnership

(Photo: Oceana/Carlos Suarez)

Conservation is an international challenge, especially when it comes to our oceans. Earlier this month the presidents and CEOs of 24 leading conservation organizations, including Oceana, send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to incorporate fisheries subsidies reform into the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


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CEO Note: NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

Posted Tue, Nov 26, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo note, noaa, shark fin ban, sharks

(Photo: USFWS Headquarters)

You might not have heard, but sharks are in trouble from an unlikely source—our own federal government. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government agency tasked with managing our nation’s fisheries, is taking steps to undermine state laws that protect sharks.


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CEO Note: Don't Ignore the Science

Posted Wed, Nov 13, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo note, dolphins and whales, seismic testing

(Photo: Wayne Hoggard NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC)

Last month, the International Whaling Commission released a report that, for the very first time, established a firm connection between a sonar mapping tool used for offshore oil and gas exploration and the deaths of marine animals.

In 2008, about 100 “melon-headed whales” stranded in a shallow lagoon in northwestern Madagascar. Despite their name, melon-headed whales are actually a type of dolphin, found in deep oceans near the equator. They’re similar in size to a bottlenose dolphin, with dark grey coloring and a large, rounded head. At least 75 dolphins—three-quarters of those stuck in the lagoon—eventually died from dehydration, starvation, and sun exposure in the shallow waters.


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CEO Note: Oceana Honors former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, HBO CEO Richard Plepler

Posted Thu, Nov 7, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to ceo andy sharpless, ceo note, clinton, partners award gala

(Photo: Oceana / Tom Vickers)

Wednesday night I had the honor of being on stage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HBO CEO Richard Plepler at Oceana’s Partners Award Gala in Los Angeles. The gala honors individuals who make outstanding contributions to the cause of protecting our oceans.


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CEO Note: Great News for European Fisheries

Posted Mon, Oct 28, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo note, European parliament, oceana europe

(Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

I have some wonderful news out of our European offices that I’d like to share with you. Last Wednesday, the European Parliament took a tremendous step forward in restoring the health of our oceans and our fisheries. They voted to significantly limit harmful subsidies that enable overfishing, leading to the collapse of any of Europe’s fisheries.


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CEO Note: The Government Shutdown and the Oceans

Posted Fri, Oct 18, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andy sharpless, fisheries, government shutdown, science, ted danson

(Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suarez)

After 16 days Congress has finally ended the government shutdown. But while thousands of workers are able to return to work, our oceans will continue to suffer from Congress's misguided bickering.

Yesterday I partnered with actor and ocean activist Ted Danson to discuss just how harmful the government shutdown was for our oceans. In an editorial for the Huffington Post, we revealed how the shutdown affected critical ocean research, and how it could continue to impact fisheries management through next year. 


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Wild Ratios: Why eating wild salmon is better for the ocean.

Posted Thu, Oct 17, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to

Wild salmon are the better choice for the oceans. (Photo: Reno Tahoe)

After we posted our blog, “The Washington Post is Wrong About Farmed Salmon," we got a lot of questions about wild salmon feed ratio versus the feed ratio for farmed salmon. One commentator even suggested that because wild salmon eat at ratios higher than one to one, it might be better for the ocean if we switch to eating farmed salmon (instead of wild) because it would save more wild fish.


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CEO Note: Bipartisan Support for the Oceans

Posted Mon, Oct 7, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo andy sharpless, ceo note, partners award gala, seachange summer party

(Photo: Oceana)

We live in a world increasingly divided and governed by partisanship. At times, it can be frustrating for those of us who want to make a difference.

That is why I am proud to let you know about the Oceana’s relationship with two remarkable leaders from different sides of the aisle, both united in their desire to save our oceans: Hillary Rodham Clinton and James Connaughton.


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CEO Note: 100,000 Against Seismic Blasts

Posted Mon, Sep 30, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, andy sharpless, atlantic seismic testing, ceo note, seismic airgun testing

Seismic airguns could injure or kill dolphins along the Atlantic coast. (Photo: Bryan) 

I have more great news to share with you about Oceana’s campaign to halt the use of deadly seismic airguns on our Atlantic coast. On September 6, Oceana delivered more than 100,000 petitions to Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Those petitions urge the government to stop the proposed use of seismic airguns, which the energy industry wants to use to search more than 300,000 square miles of the Atlantic for buried oil and gas deposits.


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