punta de choros

Extra, Extra: Oceana’s Winter Magazine

Posted Thu, Feb 10, 2011 by Emily Fisher to chile, gulf of mexico expedition, january jones, jeff bridges, Oceana magazine, punta de choros, sala y gomez

The winter issue of the Oceana magazine is now online for your reading pleasure!

 We have lots of goodies for you in this issue:

* Visit lovely Punta de Choros, Chile, where we recently achieved a dramatic victory in stopping the construction of a coal-fired power plant.

* Sail into the Gulf of Mexico with the Oceana Latitude expedition.

* Explore Chile’s Sala y Gomez Island, whose waters were recently declared a no-take zone after our preliminary expedition there.

* Dive in with actress January Jones in her second trip with Oceana to swim with sharks. This time? The majestic whale shark.

And of course, read about our latest victories and events and find a tasty sustainable seafood recipe.  Enjoy and let us know what you think!


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The Greatest Ocean Hits of 2010

Posted Fri, Dec 17, 2010 by Emily Fisher to best of ocean list 2010, eggnog, holidays, iccat, ocean victories 2010, punta de choros, sala y gomez, sea turtles, sharks

Chile's Sala y Gomez Island, a new marine reserve. [Photo illustration by Heather Ryan]

It’s that time of year when “best of” lists abound, so what better reason to sing the ocean’s greatest hits of 2010?

Raise your eggnog glasses high for these ocean victories that we helped accomplish this year, with your generous support and enthusiasm:

Photo Slideshow: Punta de Choros

Posted Tue, Aug 31, 2010 by Emily Fisher to blue whales, chile, coal fired power plant, grassroots opposition, humboldt penguins, punta de choros, sea lions, victory

As we told you last Friday, the ecologically rich region of Punta de Choros, Chile, was recently spared from the construction of a coal-fired power plant in a dramatic decision by President Sebastian Piñera.

The announcement was the culmination of hard work by our colleagues in Chile alongside local organizations, and immense grassroots pressure from Chileans.

So what, exactly, was at stake? Humboldt penguins, sea lions and blue whales, to name a few of the creatures that call the area home. But judging from your comments on last week’s post, many of you already know how incredible this place is.

Here is further photographic evidence, enjoy:

 


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Victory In Chile Against Coal-Fired Power Plant

Posted Fri, Aug 27, 2010 by Andy Sharpless to chile, habitat protection, punta de choros

We've been working in Chile to protect its incredible coastline from a proposed coal-fired power plant that would threaten Punta de Choros, home to amazing wildlife including endangered blue whales and Humboldt penguins. In recent days, grassroots opposition to the power plant grew after the power plant received its environmental permit, with peaceful demonstrations that were ultimately dispersed with tear gas and water cannons as well as a massive outpouring of criticism from Chileans online.

So it is with great satisfaction that I report that Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has announced he has persuaded Suez Energy not to build its power plant near Punta de Choros. In addition, he asked his cabinet to review all the industrial projects that produce environmental damage being considered in the country to see whether they could affect protected areas.

This is an incredible victory for Chileans, 94 percent of whom opposed the power plant in a recent poll. Against the odds, we changed a formal government decision, and the amazing marine ecosystem of Punta de Choros will remain protected.

Andy Sharpless is the CEO of Oceana.


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New Video from Oceana Chile

Posted Wed, Aug 11, 2010 by Andy Sharpless to clean energy, coal fired power plants, leonor varela, oceana chile, punta de choros

Our colleagues down in Chile have just released a fantastic new video featuring Chilean actress Leonor Varela, who recently visited the pristine region of Punta de Choros in Northern Chile to promote Oceana's Energy Campaign.

Our team in Chile has been working to prevent several proposed coal-fired power plants from being built near pristine marine reserves in Punta de Choros.

During her visit, Varela asked Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to keep his campaign promise to oppose all thermoelectric power plants that negatively affect communities, the environment and quality of life.

Check it out:

Andy Sharpless is the CEO of Oceana.


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