In this new video actor Ted Danson talks about the founding of Oceana a decade ago and its growth in becoming the largest ocean-only conservation group in the world. Now, he says, Oceana's focus is on saving our fisheries.
As he notes, a third of fish caught worldwide are discarded, never making it to the dinner table. It's what is known in the industry as "bycatch" and it accounts for over 16 billion pounds of wasted catch each year. While the majority of the world's fisheries are overexploited, Oceana believes that through science-based quotas, habitat protection and by stemming the outrageous waste of bycatch, the oceans can continue to be a major source of the world's protein as world population approaches 9 billion people by the middle of the century.
"This is no longer about saving fish. It's about feeding the world," he says in the video.
Mr. Danson also offers some sound philosophical advice as well:
"Do not wait until ah, when I've made it I will then give back. Start behaving as if you have made it and start giving back now."
Shark Week is almost over, but one of the most exciting shows of the year is airing tonight.
Tonight at 9 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific) tune in to Discovery Channel to watch ‚ÄúGreat White Highway,‚ÄĚ which follows the secret lives of great white sharks off the Pacific Coast. And perhaps you‚Äôll recognize the narrator ‚Äď he‚Äôs the one and only actor and Oceana board member Ted Danson.
Here‚Äôs the show's description:
Right outside the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is home to some of the biggest great white sharks in the world... but only for part of the year. Teams of scientists from Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey Bay have spent years tagging and tracking these sharks to find out why they come here, why they leave and where they go when they do ‚ÄĒ out into the Pacific on the Great White Highway. But the sharks have kept much about their lives completely secret, leaving researchers with little information about what they spend their summers doing and almost no idea about where they mate or bear their young. Now, armed with new technologies, the team is hoping to wire the ocean and find out how these sharks live their lives ‚ÄĒ and why California is one of the biggest stops on the Great White Highway.
And if you haven‚Äôt already, add your name to our petition to list the US West Coast population of great whites on the endangered species list.
Last week we had a great time at the Washington, DC premiere of ‚ÄúBig Miracle,‚ÄĚ the true story of an activist who spearheads an international effort to save three gray whales trapped in the ice in northern Alaska.
The film stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski (‚ÄúThe Office‚ÄĚ) and Oceana board member Ted Danson also makes an appearance as ‚Äď get this ‚Äď an an oil executive.
The movie comes out this Friday, Feb. 3, and we‚Äôre excited to be included in the film‚Äôs promotion. Starting today, for every two or more tickets you purchase on Fandango, Big Miracle and Universal Pictures will donate $1 to Oceana ‚Äď up to $10,000!
On Sunday CBS aired a great piece on the always lovable Ted Danson, of ‚ÄúCheers‚ÄĚ and Oceana Board of Directors fame.
In addition to conducting part of the interview dressed as Don Quixote for an episode of ‚ÄúBored to Death‚ÄĚ , Ted talks about his passion for ocean conservation and the need to view ocean issues through the lens of food security and jobs.
Check it out and get his book , ‚ÄúOceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What You Can Do to Save Them,‚ÄĚ if you haven‚Äôt yet ‚Äď it would make a great gift for anyone on your list, and a portion of the proceeds go towards our work to protect the oceans.
Exciting news from the book world! Ted Danson‚Äôs book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What You Can Do to Save Them," has been selected as a finalist for the Books for a Better Life award, presented by the Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society.
"Oceana" is a great read that tells the story of how Ted became an ocean activist, his passion for more than 20 years. The book is also chock full of gorgeous photos, helpful infographics, and Ted‚Äôs own description of the state of the oceans, as well as Oceana's work to save them.
The Books for a Better Life award, now in its sixteenth year, raises funds to support services and educational programs for people living with MS. The awards recognize self-improvement authors in ten categories who inspire people to live their best lives. "Oceana" is a finalist in the Green category. You can purchase the book here (also available in Kindle format).
Winners will be announced on March 7, so keep your fingers crossed for Ted and we'll let you know if "Oceana" wins!
This weekend, Oceana was proud to welcome Academy Award nominees Josh Brolin and Diane Lane and around 400 other guests to our fourth annual SeaChange Party in Laguna Beach, California.
This year‚Äôs event raised over $900,000 to fund Oceana‚Äôs continuing ocean conservation campaigns. SeaChange was hosted by Ted Danson and Angela Kinsey, and included remarks by Brolin and Lane, who each have a long history of dedication to the oceans. ‚ÄúWe are all here tonight out of love for our oceans, her bounty that feeds us, her beauty and her power that give us true awe,‚ÄĚ said Lane.
Other celebrity guests in attendance included Aimee Teegarden, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Q‚Äôorianka Kilcher, Oscar Nunez and Austin Stowell. The event included a sit-down dinner, presentations from Oceana directors and supporters, an auction, and dancing.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!
I hope you've already picked up your copy of Ted Danson's book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What You Can Do To Save Them."
But if you haven't, great news: It's now available on your Kindle.
This book represents the culmination of Ted's 25+ years of ocean activism, and we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. The Friday Infographics we've been running are all included in the book, as well as a ton of incredible photos alongside Ted's own description of the state of the world's oceans. And, of course, there's a strong focus on the positive aspects of conservation and what we all can do to save our oceans, seafood and marine wildlife for future generations.
Check it out today!
You may have heard by now that actor and ocean activist Ted Danson wrote a book called "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceana and What We Can Do to Save Them". Washington Post writer Christopher Schoppa has also heard the news; he recently featured Danson‚Äôs book in his Political Bookworm column, naming it one of the most important new political bestsellers. "Oceana" currently ranks #4 on the WaPo's political bestseller list, right behind Henry Kissinger's book, "On China."
Last Thursday Oceana board member Ted Danson was the featured guest on WAMU‚Äôs The Diane Rehm Show. He covers a lot of ground in the hour, including overfishing, seafood fraud, aquaculture and bottom trawling.
He explains to Diane,
‚Äú‚Ä¶It's one of those amazing potential worldwide disasters that does not have to happen. It's a great story. Hey, how did -- hey, grandma and grandpa, what did you do when you found out that we were fishing out our oceans? To be able to turn around and say, well, this is what I did and this is why we still have fish. That's an exciting thing. We should not be overwhelmed by this. We should educate ourselves. We should let science lead the way and then you pass laws to change policy and you enforce those laws.‚ÄĚ
Have a listen and don‚Äôt forget to check out Ted‚Äôs new book, ‚ÄúOceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them.‚ÄĚ
Hey ocean lovers, the spring issue of our digital magazine is now available! We‚Äôre pretty excited about it; here are some of the features this time around:
*A stunning photo slideshow of Chile‚Äôs Salas y Gomez Island, where we recently helped create the world‚Äôs fourth-largest no-take marine reserve.
*Comedians Rachael Harris and Angela Kinsey join Oceana to save sea turtles.
*Victory! Belize ends trawling once and for all.
*Video of Jeff Bridges‚Äô performance at the 2010 SeaChange Summer Party.
*Trailer for Ted Danson‚Äôs new book, ‚ÄúOceana‚ÄĚ.
Check out the full issue to see the videos, photos and stories, and spread the word!