ocean plastics

Ocean Roundup: Methane Seeping from U.S. Atlantic Seafloor, Iceland’s Caught Scores of Endangered Fin Whales, and More

Posted Mon, Aug 25, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to fin whales, killer whale pods, methane, ocean plastics, sea level rise

The U.S. Atlantic coast is seeping methane in 570 locations

Methane rising from the seafloor off Virginia. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons)

- According to a new report by the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, California is “woefully unprepared” for sea level rise. The report projects that agriculture, tourism, and fishing industries will be most impacted by sea level rise. Think Progress


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Ocean News: New Maps Reveal Extent of Ocean Plastic, Florida Keys Launches Turtle Cam, and More

Posted Wed, Jul 16, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to climate change, deep-sea corals, green sea turtles, humpback whales, mpas, ocean plastics, sea turtles

A loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle hatchling

A loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle hatchling. (Photo: Oceana / Cory Wilson)

- New maps of ocean plastics—the first of their kind—show plastic accumulation levels across the world’s oceans. The maps highlight data from a study released this month that found plastics floating in five subtropical gyres across the world. National Geographic


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Global Issue of Marine Plastics is Gathering Significant Media Attention

Posted Mon, Jul 7, 2014 by Madeleine Simon to marine debris, marine plastics media coverage, ocean plastics, our ocean media coverage

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nearing a plastic bag

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nearing a plastic bag. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Bag Monster) 

From the straws in your fountain drink to the soles of our shoes, plastics are a part of our daily lives, and we’re surrounded by them without often realizing it. Unfortunately, as plastic waste makes its way from our households to our oceans, fish and other marine organisms are not only surrounded by plastics too, but ingesting it.


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Ocean News: BP Wants Money Back for Overpayments, Obama Has a Big Opportunity to Protect Whales, and More

Posted Tue, Jul 1, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bowhead whales, bp oil spill, coral reefs, ocean acidification, ocean plastics

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas). (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

- Scientists are predicting a slighter larger than average “dead zone” for the Chesapeake Bay this summer, meaning that nearly 2 cubic miles of the Bay will lack the needed dissolved oxygen for fish and crabs. The Gulf of Mexico, on the other hand, is predicted to have average-sized dead zone, caused by excessive nutrient pollution from wastewater and agriculture. The Baltimore Sun


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Ocean News: Oil Exploration Approved for the Canary Islands, Emperor Penguins Found to be Adaptable, and More

Posted Wed, Jun 25, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to canary islands, cargo shipping emissions, emperor penguins, fish feelings, high seas, ocean plastics

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) in Antarctica.

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) in Antarctica. (Photo:  Martha de Jong-Lantink / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Spain gave the green light on Tuesday for oil exploration off the Canary Islands. Oceana is opposed to this decision, as it could affect 25 marine areas and 82 protected species. Oceana


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Ocean News: Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary Declared, Hammerheads Won’t Get Federal Protection, and More

Posted Mon, Jun 16, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to daily news, hammerheads, japanese whaling, manta ray sanctuary, ocean plastics

Manta ray in Coiba Island, Panama

School of manta rays (Mobula thurstoni) in Coiba Island, Panama. (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

- Australia’s Queensland Government says they have fulfilled all of UNESCO's requests to improve Great Barrier Reef health—including cutting pesticide run-off by 28 percent since 2008—and therefore, the reef doesn’t need to be added to the World Heritage Site in Danger list. They also claim that the proposed port development and dredge-spoil dumping is not a threat to the reef. Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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