The Beacon

Oceana’s blog about the latest ocean news, policy and science.

Ocean News: Barbuda Becomes Ocean Conservation Leader in the Caribbean, July Ocean Temperatures Hit Record Highs, and More

Barbuda is a leader in ocean conservation in the Caribbean

A rocky ledge off Barbuda. (Photo: Ron Kroetz / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists say that seagrass habitat is being lost at the same rate as Amazon rain forests, or about two soccer fields per hour. The scientists warn that this is key habitat for many young fish, so the loss of seagrass could have a huge impact on fisheries. BBC


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Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, Other Celebs Fight for Our Oceans at Oceana’s SeaChange Party

Leonardo DiCaprio with Andy Sharpless at the SeaChange Party

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at SeaChange. (Photo: ©Oceana / Tom Vickers)  

This past weekend, Oceana hosted the seventh-annual SeaChange Summer Party, a sold-out fundraiser event that raised $1.4 million for the oceans. Celebrities, ocean activists, and Oceana board members attended the event in Laguna Beach, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Danson, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Dern, Miranda Cosgrove, Austin Nichols, Oscar Nunez, Rachael Harris, and Jenna Ushkowitz.


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New Report Touts Economic Benefits of Seafood Traceability

Seafood traceability has economic benefits

A fish market in Maryland. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

A new report on the economic benefits of seafood traceability provides compelling evidence for adoption of the practice throughout the seafood industry. Written by Future of Fish, an ocean-focused nonprofit organization, the report makes the case that seafood traceability not only serves to insure a company’s product integrity, but it also provides an added value to the product.


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Ocean News: New Minke Whale Foraging Patterns Discovered, Google Street View Takes on the Florida Keys, and More

Minke whale hunt under Antarctic ice for krill

Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) off the Chilean coast. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen)

- Google’s Street View will soon be coming to underwater ecosystems off the U.S. Government scientists have been learning to use this technology in the Florida Keys, and not only will this provide a glimpse into the underwater world, it will also help scientists inform research and management plans. Monroe News


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CEO Note: Progress for Sharks

Sharks conservation has made progress, but still needs your help

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

If you’re like most ocean lovers, you’ve probably spent a few nights this week tuning in to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. But as we celebrate our collective love of sharks, we should also take a moment to reflect on the many threats that sharks face.


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Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

Great white sharks receive negative media attention

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: "White shark" by Pterantula (Terry Goss) at en.wikipedia - Derivative of w:Image:Whiteshark-TGoss5b.jpg. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons) 

In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite!


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 5: Dusky Asks for Help to Complete His Bucket List

Dusky asks for help completing his Bucket List

Dusky asks for help completing his Bucket List. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the last post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky appeared in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Take a look below to see how Dusky the Shark has developed his plan to save his species this past week.


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Bycatch Spotlight: One of the Biggest Issues Facing Sharks Today

Bycatch is a leading killer of sharks

A dusky shark hooked on a long line. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)

In honor of Shark Week, Oceana is taking a look at one of the biggest issues facing sharks today: bycatch, or the unintentional catch of non-target fish and other marine life. It occurs in multiple fishing gear types and occurs in fisheries throughout the world. Fortunately, this is a reversible situation that can be overcome with collaboration between fishermen and policy makers.


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Video: Meet Some of the Most Famous Satellite Tagged Sharks

satellite tags help scientists learn more about sharks

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, Dominique Lazzare, and Curt Slonim from the University of Miami measuring a Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) before tagging it onboard the Lat-Long shark tagging operation. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

From whales to sea turtles and caribou, both terrestrial and marine animals are satellite-tagged around the world. Satellite tags—radio transmitters that submit signals to orbiting satellites—are an effective way to study animal behavior, including foraging and migration patterns.


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 4: Dusky Creates “Dusky’s Bucket List” to Save His Species

Dusky creates “Dusky’s Bucket List” to save his species.

Dusky creates “Dusky’s Bucket List” to save his species. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the fourth post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky is appearing in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species.


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