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On World Fisheries Day, A Look at Oceana’s Work to Create Sustainable Fisheries (Photos)

November 21 is World Fisheries Day

Splendid Perch (Callanthias platei) with Pampanito (Scorpis chilensis), pictured off the Desventuradas Islands off Chile. (Photo: Oceana)

Every day, commercial and artisanal fishermen set out across the world’s oceans in search of their daily catch. Using harpoons, line-and-hooks, trawl nets, gill nets, and many, many more types of fishing gear, they set out to comb the oceans from the coast to the high seas in search of crab, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, and many more species. Of course, such high fishing pressure takes a toll on the oceans—leaving many fish stocks overfished, and critical habitat like coral reefs and seagrass beds in poor condition.


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Photos: Oceana’s Dusky the Shark Visits Washington, D.C. to Raise Awareness for Dusky Sharks

Dusky the shark made his second public appearance around D.C.

Dusky the Shark making his second public appearance in Washington, D.C. last week. (Photo: Vincent Ricardel)

After Dusky the Shark came ashore for the first time this summer at Discovery Channel’s Shark Week kick-off party in California, Oceana’s Dusky the Shark made his second public appearance in Washington, D.C. last week to help raise awareness for his species.


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Dusky Shark Saved from Fishing Gear: The Heartwarming Story of One Incredible Rescue (Photos)

Epic Diving rescued a dusky shark entangled in fishing gear

The Epic Diving crew rescuing a dusky shark entangled in fishing gear. (Photo: Epic Diving / © Debra Canabal)

Oceana launched a campaign to save dusky sharks this past summer, but these fantastic divers beat us to it! Read on to learn about an uplifting story of a dusky shark rescue in the Bahamas.  It’s sure to make your day!

While on their annual A Cotton Photo photography workshop this past spring, the crew of Epic Diving—a dive company operating throughout the Bahamas—had a unique encounter with a dusky shark.


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Federal Government Takes Steps to Better Monitor Bycatch in Southeast and Gulf Fisheries

NMFS is taking steps to improve bycatch reporting

A sea turtle accidentally hooked on a longline. NMFS announced it will work to better its bycatch counting practices in the Gulf and Southeast fisheries. (Photo: Oceana / Mar Mas)

Following Oceana’s recommendation to develop a bycatch—the incidental take of marine mammals, sea turtles, and other marine life in fisheries—reporting plan last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced last week that it will be taking steps to more accurately analyze the amount and type of wasted catch in Gulf of Mexico and Southeast region fisheries.


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Deep Sea Sharks in Northeast Atlantic Still at Risk from Overexploitation, Warns Group

Deep sea sharks are over-exploited in Northeast Atlantic waters

Angular rough shark (Oxynotus centrina), a deep-sea shark species pictured off Spain. (Photo: Oceana)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a network of over 4,000 scientists, warn that sharks in deep waters in the Northeast Atlantic continue to face a bleak future. ICES provided recommendations for three deep-sea shark species—kite fin sharks, leafscale gulper sharks, and Portguese dogfish sharks—and advise that these sharks should not be involved in fishery activities.


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Oceana Takes Action to Reduce Wasted Catch in East Coast Gillnet Fisheries

Ocean submitted a letter to reduce gillnet bycatch

An illegal Moroccan drift gillnet boat hauls in a sea turtle. (Photo: Oceana / Jesus Renedo)

Last month, Oceana submitted a proposal aimed at reducing the amount of wasted catch in New England and Mid-Atlantic gillnet fisheries, which throw away 16 percent of their total catch every year. The Northeast gillnet fisheries were identified in Oceana’s Wasted Catch report as one of the nine most wasteful fisheries in the United States as a result of their bycatch.


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Oceana Magazine: Wasted Catch

Oceana's Wasted Catch report outlined the dirtiest fisheries for bycatch

A loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) caught on a longline. (Photo: Oceana / Mar Mas)

Earlier this year, Oceana released a new report, “Wasted Catch,” that looked at the dirtiest fisheries in the United States for bycatch, and found that some U.S. fisheries discard more than half of everything they catch. This feature takes a close look at these fisheries and other issues surrounding bycatch.


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Conservation Groups Plan Lawsuit to Protect Sperm Whales

California Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery threatens sperm whales

“Mother and baby sperm whale." (Photo: Gabriel Barathieu, Wikimedia Commons) 

Earlier this month, several conservation groups, including Oceana, announced plans to file a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets used in the California drift gillnet fishery.


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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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