Since 2001, Oceana has achieved dozens of concrete policy victories for marine life and habitats. From stopping bottom trawling in sensitive habitat areas to protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear, our victories represent a new hope for the world’s oceans.
Pioneer announced that it would switch its St. Gabriel, Louisiana plant to membrane-cell technology (this factory is now owned by Olin Corp). This switch eliminated the largest source of mercury air pollution in the state.
Oceana helped campaign for new legislation that significantly improves the protection of deep-sea corals and sponges from bottom trawling and other destructive fishing gear. This bill as passed makes marginal improvements to the existing Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Oceana receives correspondence that SuperValu, the parent company to grocery stores like Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s and others, plans on posting the FDA advice at seafood counters. SuperValu is the country’s fourth largest grocery company and added nearly 1,400 grocery stores to Oceana’s Green List.
Trader Joe’s responds to inform Oceana it will post the FDA warning signs in all stores. VP for Marketing sends Oceana a copy of an email sent to all stores saying it’s required and that Regional VPs will be checking for signs. Oceana adds Trader Joe’s to the Green List. This was the same day that Clean Air Council, once again, held an event outside of a Trader Joe’s in Philadelphia. Trader Joe’s has over 300 grocery stores.
Oceana and other members of the Shark Alliance scored a major victory for sharks in the European Parliament when the Parliament decided to reject a recommendation from its own Fisheries Committee to increase the allowable ratio of shark fins to bodies from 5 percent to 6.5 percent.
In a second high-level conference call between Whole Foods President Walter Robb and Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless, Whole Foods Markets commits to begin posting mercury warning signs at seafood counters across the country on September 1st. This was only hours before a scheduled press conference outside of their NYC store. Whole Foods operates almost 300 grocery stores nationwide.
OxyChem announced its decision to shift its chlorine production to a mercury-free facility and close its Muscle Shoals, Alabama chlorine plant by 2008. This action eliminated the top mercury polluter in the state. After this factory was shuttered, OxyChem announced it was a completely mercury-free company.
Along with a coalition of environmental and recreational fishing groups, Oceana developed a comprehensive, collaborative proposal to protect important undersea habitats, while maintaining vibrant fisheries off the U.S. West Coast. With the help of 19,373 Oceana Wavemaker comments, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously to adopt the Oceana proposal, which was mostly approved by NOAA on March 8, 2006, protecting 140,000 square miles of ocean habitat from bottom trawling.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to prohibit commercial krill fishing in the federal waters off of California, Oregon and Washington. More than 5,000 Oceana activists contacted the Council to support a prohibition on krill fishing in the Pacific to protect our ocean ecosystem food web.