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Ocean News: "Our Ocean" Conference Closes with Major Victories for the Oceans

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, an area in the Pacific Remote Islands Ma

Pink coral gardens of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, an area in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that Obama committed to expanding yesterday.  (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr Creative Commons)

- On Monday, the president of the Pacific island nation Kiribati announced that he’ll ban all commercial fishing in the country's Phoenix Islands Protected Area by 2015. Though these islands are small, they're home to some of the most abundant coral reef archipelagos in the Pacific.


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Ocean News: Obama Makes Big Moves for Tackling Seafood Fraud and Protecting Marine Habitat, and More

President Obama vowed to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing

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

- In a video announcement released at the Our Ocean conference today, President Obama announced that he will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. This Monument contains some of the most pristine tropical ecosystems in the world, but is vulnerable to ocean acidification and climate change. The Associated Press


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FDA to Update Mercury Consumption Advisory

Blue fin tuna is on the FDA's advisory for mercury consumption

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in a tuna cage near the water’s surface. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating their mercury-advisory guidelines for the first time in ten years, and is taking a new approach to advising mercury consumption: encouraging informed intake rather than avoidance.


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Oceana Launches Global Seafood Fraud Map

Seafood fraud and seafood mislabeling occurs all over the world

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Seafood mislabeling and fraud occurs all over the world, but the global scope of the problem is just becoming understood now.


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Ocean News: California Gets Closer to Cutting Seafood Fraud, Fabien Cousteau Dives Underwater for a Month, and More

Coral off of the Florida Keys, USA.

Brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) in the Florida Keys, where Fabien Cousteau just embarked on a 31-day underwater journey. (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

Welcome to the first “Ocean News” post! Going forward, Oceana will be posting a daily round-up of the top ocean news from the previous day, ranging from heart-warming stories of entangled whale rescues to new research on sea level rise. Stay tuned for more!


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What’s in Your Maryland-Style Crabcake?

(Photo: Benjamin Wilson)

For seafood lovers in Maryland, and for many around the U.S., there’s one fact that rings true: there’s nothing like a good Maryland crabcake. That rich, lumpy goodness comes from the Maryland “blue crab,” callinectes sapidus, and the dish is a cultural and culinary staple for the entire state. So, naturally, some people will do anything to protect them.


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States Begin Taking Seafood Fraud Into Their Own Hands

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Coastal states take great pride in providing their consumers with fresh, locally caught seafood. But ask yourself this…how do we know that what’s on the menu is what we’re actually being served?

Last year, Oceana released the results of a nationwide study, which found that 33 percent of the more than 1,200 seafood samples it tested were mislabeled, according to FDA guidelines.


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MSN Healthy Living Shares Seafood's Dirty Secrets

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

There’s a lot you don’t know about your seafood. MSN Healthy Living talked with Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless, co-author of The Perfect Protein, to learn about four of the seafood industry’s dirty secrets. Read this excerpt from MSN to learn the secrets behind your seafood and how your choices can help the oceans.


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Capps Takes Lead on SAFE Seafood Act in House of Representatives

The SAFE Seafood Act will give consumers access to more information about their seafood. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Oceana would like to thank Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) for becoming the new House lead sponsor of the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act, a bill that would require full traceability throughout the U.S. seafood supply chain, giving consumers access to more information about where their seafood comes from and helping to keep illegally-caught fish out of our markets.


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Behind the Scenes: Seafood Fraud

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

October is National Seafood month—the perfect time to dig in to all of the delicious dishes that come from the sea. But before you head to the market, you should read up on the nation-wide issue of seafood fraud.


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