A team of scientists and campaigners from the U.S., Europe and South America went to Doha, Qatar in March for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting, or CITES. The team filed video reports for the Oceana blog and spoke out on behalf of bluefin tuna, sharks and corals. While CITES failed to protect marine species, the U.S. and the European Union backed a bluefin tuna trade ban prior to the meeting in an indication that international support for saving bluefin is growing.
Another Oceana team went to Copenhagen in December for the U.N. Convention on Climate Change. Oceana posted ads on the Copenhagen subway and in the convention center urging delegates to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in addition to hosting panels on marine issues including ocean acidification.
Oceana was chosen as one of 10 organizations to be a beneficiary of O, the Oprah Magazine’s “Live Your Best Life” walk in New York City on May 9. Thousands of participants took part in the three-day event, which honors the magazine’s tenth anniversary.
Danish cargo shipping giant Maersk announced it had cut greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent simply by reducing its ships’ cruising speed by half. If the entire global shipping fleet were a country, it would be the sixth largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Oceana has been encouraging shipping companies to save money and reduce emissions by using slower speeds.
Oceana traveled with actor Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) to Pacific waters south of San Diego, Calif., to film a new public service announcement about saving bluefin tuna.
Board member Ted Danson announced plans to publish a book about his work to save the oceans. The book will be published by Rodale, which also produced Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” and is slated to be out in early 2011.
Ted Danson appeared on CNN.com for a live interview on April 1. He also penned a column for CNN about the risks of overfishing the oceans.
Oceana launched the “Ocean IQ” quiz with a contest that allowed quiz takers to enter to win prizes that included Nautica gear and a trip to see sea turtles in the wild in Baja California. Thousands of people tested their ocean IQ. Join them at oceana.org/IQ.
Oceana also launched its second annual Ocean Heroes contest. In its first year, the campaign drew hundreds of nominees and thousands of votes on the finalists before crowning John Halas, who designed a low-impact boat mooring system, as the 2009 Ocean Hero. To learn about this year’s Ocean Heroes, visit oceana.org/heroes.
Christie’s International selected Oceana as one of four organizations to be the beneficiaries of its first-ever charity auction, held on Earth Day, April 22. A Bid To Save The Earth included a live auction at Christie’s space in Rockefeller Center in New York City as well as an online silent auction hosted by Charity Buzz. The auction featured elite celebrity and travel items, including a swim lesson with gold medalist and Ocean Council member Aaron Peirsol and a walk-on role on board member Ted Danson’s show “Bored To Death.” For more information, visit www.abidtosavetheearth.org.