January 2014 - Oceana

Ted Danson Shares the Good News About Bloomberg

If you haven’t already heard, all of us at Oceana have some big news to share with you. Bloomberg Philanthropies is donating $53 million over five years to help us restore fisheries in three of the world’s largest fishing nations: Brazil, Chile, and the Philippines. Today, Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless partnered with board member Ted Danson … Read more

Net Loss – Keeping Sperm Whales Out of Drift Gillnets

In 2010, as many as sixteen sperm whales drowned in drift gillnets intended for swordfish off the coast of California. In the recent issue of Oceana magazine, we cover Oceana’s efforts to protect Pacific sperm whales from this fate. Read an excerpt below, or visit the full article here. Net Loss Marine animals don’t die in nets—they suffocate. … Read more

Cobie Smulders Calls for Ending Fisheries Subsidies in the Pacific

People don’t often think of international trade laws when they think of ocean conservation. But international trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are immensely important for ending harmful practices like overfishing. Today, Oceana’s VP for Chile, Alex Muñoz, partnered with Canadian actress Cobie Smulders write an editorial for the Huffington Post about how the Trans-Pacific … Read more

Fins Are Finished

Each year, millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Over the past few years, several U.S. states passed laws against the trade in shark fins to help shut down the market. In the recent issue of Oceana magazine, we reveal how a government agency is taking steps to undermine these … Read more

Diving In: The Story Behind Three Oceana Expeditions

Each year, Oceana undertakes several scientific expeditions to explore and gather data about our ocean’s many ecosystems. In the recent issue of Oceana magazine, we cover three of these exciting expeditions from last year. Read an excerpt below, or visit the full article here.   Diving In: Three Oceana expeditions offer a rare glimpse of … Read more

Ask Dr. Pauly: What are bycatch and discards?

Ocean conservationists talk a lot about “bycatch” and “discards.” But what exacty do these terms mean? In each issue of Oceana magazine, fisheries scientist and Oceana board member Dr. Daniel Pauly breaks down a commonly used fisheries term. In the recent issue, Dr. Pauly explains these technical terms and how they contribue to overfishing.  Bycatch and discards are two … Read more

CEO Note: Right Whales Left Out

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species in the U.S. and the rarest of all the large whales. Commercial whaling reduced their population to just a few hundred individuals, and the species is still struggling to recover. Their migration route along the East Coast and habit of feeding at the … Read more

CEO Note: Janelle Chanona to Lead Oceana Belize

The New Year promises to bring many exciting changes here at Oceana. The first among many exciting pieces of news is that Oceana recently hired a new Vice President to lead conservation efforts in our Belize office—Janelle Chanona. Janelle, a long time anchor for Channel 5 in Belize, most recently ran her own media and … Read more