1. The National Aquarium and Oceana teamed up in August to release three endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into the Chesapeake Bay, several months after they had been stranded in Massachusetts. One of the three turtles – named Oceana, Prancer and Vixen – was outfitted with a satellite tracker donated by Oceana. Kemp’s ridleys are the smallest and most endangered sea turtle species.
2. Oceana partnered with the Discovery Channel during Shark Week, the channel’s popular annual tradition. The Discovery Channel aired Oceana’s PSAs featuring actress January Jones calling for shark conservation.
3. In September, Chilean actress and Oceana supporter Leonor Varela filmed a PSA while scuba diving near Easter Island as part of Oceana’s efforts to expand protected areas near the island. Oceana worked with the Chilean government and the Rapa Nui people to establish the world’s fourth-largest no-take reserve near Easter Island in 2010.
4. Kristin Bauer, who plays the vampire Pam on HBO’s “True Blood,” has sunk her teeth into Oceana’s campaign to protect sharks. At the end of 2010, she penned an op-ed about the Shark Conservation Act for the Huffington Post, and in August of this year she took an active role in Oceana’s effort to ban the sale of shark fins in her home state of California. Not only did Kristin write for Oceana’s blog, The Beacon, she also wrote letters of support for A.B. 376, the legislation to end shark fin trade in the state. Kristin joins Oceana’s growing cadre of shark supporters, including January Jones, who also penned op-eds with Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless in support of California’s shark fin trade ban.
5. On August 7, thousands of athletes plunged into the Hudson River, cycled up and down the West Side Highway and ran the hilly pathways through Central Park for the 11th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon. Among the thousands racing were a group of dedicated ocean conservations who raced on behalf of Oceana and Nautica, raising nearly $8,500 for Oceana. In 2012, Oceana and Nautica will team up for triathlons in South Beach and Malibu. Visit www.oceana.org/tri to learn more.
6. Oceana board member Ted Danson’s book, “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them,” co-written with journalist Michael D’Orso, is now available on Amazon Kindle. Visit www.amazon.com to learn more.