seismic airgun testing

Ocean News: Brazil Bans Catfish Fishery to Protect Pink River Dolphins, Arctic Ice Melt Leading to Large Arctic Waves, and More

Posted Thu, Jul 31, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to Arctic ice melt, deep sea octopus, drones, pink river dolphins, seismic airgun testing

Brazil bans catfish industry to protect pink river dolphins

A pink river dolphin, a species that’s declined from Brazil’s catfish fishery. (Photo: Colombia Travel / Flickr Creative Commons)

- In its biggest fisheries ban since 1967, Brazil banned its commercial catfish fishery that uses pink river dolphins as bait. Dolphin populations have severely declined over the past decade, and one population saw a 50 percent drop in numbers since 2004. New Scientist


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Ocean News: Great Barrier Reef Will be “Pretty Ugly” by 2050, Sea Turtle Nests Down in South Carolina, and More

Posted Wed, Jul 23, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bottom trawling sharks, great barrier reef, loggerhead sea turtles, seismic airgun testing

The Heart Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

The Heart Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (Photo: Michael Sheil / Flickr Creative Commons)

- In an appearance before an Australian Senate this week, researchers said the Great Barrier Reef will be “pretty ugly” by 2050 and that "the reef is in the worse [sic] state it's ever been in since records began." The researchers linked the decline to coastal development and government action, specifically nothing their approval of a dredging and dumping project around the Reef. The Huffington Post   


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Ocean News: June 2014 Marked the Hottest on Record, Microplastics Worse for Crabs than Thought, and More

Posted Tue, Jul 22, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to cargo spills, climate change, microplastics, seismic airgun testing, shore crabs

A shore crab (Carcinus maenas)

A shore crab (Carcinus maenas) captured during an Oceana expedition to the Baltic Sea. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

- In 1997, nearly 4.8 million pieces of Legos spilled into the Atlantic when a container ship was hit by a massive wave. These Lego pieces—many of them sea-themed like octopus—are still washing up on beaches in the United Kingdom nearly 20 years after the spill. BBC News


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CEO Note: Spanish Mediterranean Threatened By Seismic Airguns

Posted Mon, Jun 23, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to balearic islands, bluefin tuna, seismic airgun testing

(Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

I wrote to you recently about the U.S. government’s plans to allow seismic airguns in the U.S. Atlantic. This technology, used to search for oil and gas deposits, could injure an estimated 138,200 dolphins and whales and usher in offshore oil drilling. A similar battle is occurring across the Atlantic, where the Spanish government is planning to open 45 percent of the Spanish Mediterranean to seismic surveys, putting local ecosystems and economies at serious risk.


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"VEEP" Actor Reid Scott Joins Oceana in Panel Against Seismic Guns

Posted Wed, May 28, 2014 by Madeleine Simon to Reid Scott, seismic airgun testing, seismic airguns

North Atlantic right whale and calf spotted off Florida

A North Atlantic right whale and calf off Amelia Island, Florida. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons)

Actor and ocean activist Reid Scott is joining Oceana in the fight against seismic airgun use off the Atlantic Coast. Scott, who is currently appearing in season three of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series “VEEP,” will be in Washington D.C. on May 29 to join a panel of experts urging Congress and the Obama administration to reconsider their planned use of seismic airguns. The panel includes Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., Jacqueline Savitz of Oceana, Commissioner Emilie Swearingen from the Town of Kure Beach, and Dr. Douglas Nowack of Duke University Marine Laboratory.


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Government Action on Atlantic Seismic Blasting Receives Pushback

Posted Thu, May 8, 2014 by Andrew Menaquale to atlantic seismic testing, seismic airgun testing

(Photo: Oceana) Marine species like dolphins face the dangers of seismic testing, if blasts reach the Atlantic.

In February 2014, the government issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on seismic activity in an area offshore the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to Florida. This document predicts that if seismic blasting happens in the Atlantic Ocean, over 138,000 whales and dolphins could be injured or killed.


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CEO Note: Seismic Airguns Threaten the Atlantic

Posted Tue, Mar 11, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to BOEM, north atlantic right whale, seismic airgun testing

(Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Service)

Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is planning to allow seismic airguns off the East Coast, despite the obvious harm they will cause marine life, including whales and dolphins.


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Miranda Cosgrove Stars in New Oceana PSA to Save Dolphins

Posted Wed, Mar 5, 2014 by Justine Hausheer to dolphins, miranda cosgrove, seismic airgun testing

(Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

Atlantic dolphins are in danger, and Miranda Cosgrove needs your help to save them. Recently, she joined Oceana in Bimini, Bahamas to swim with Atlantic spotted dolphins and film a new public service announcement (PSA) about how seismic airguns could harm Atlantic dolphins.

“When I first entered the water, the dolphins were playing with each other, swimming side by side, and they were constantly singing to each other—I could hear it! After a while they started to approach me and I could feel them look me in the eye. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Cosgrove.


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Obama Admin Moves Forward to Open the Atlantic Ocean to Seismic Airgun Blasts & Drilling

Posted Fri, Feb 28, 2014 by Suzie Hodges to offshore drilling, seismic airgun testing

(Photo: NOAA)

Today in the nation’s capital, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on allowing seismic airgun testing in the Mid- and South Atlantic. While it promises a few protections here and there for marine life in the Atlantic, we can’t support the idea at the crux of the review: a plan to move forward with the use of seismic airgun testing for oil and gas drilling.


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