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Oceans are home to a diverse assortment of corals, starfish, jellyfish, sea slugs, kelp and more. Corals are living creatures that often live in compact colonies and build up coral reefs, the biggest of which is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Corals and other invertebrates face major threats from climate change and destructive fishing like dynamite fishing, bottom trawling and more.

Learn fun facts about how you can help protect corals and other invertebrates by click a species below.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Ted Danson and Katharine McPhee Headline Oceana's SeaChange Summer Party

11th Annual Event Raises Over $1.2 Million for Ocean Conservation

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oceana Celebrates Belize's Removal from UNESCO's Sites in Danger List

Offshore oil moratorium cited as crucial reason for WHS Committee's decision

Fishery council safeguards 16,000 square miles off California

April, 2018

More Than 140,000 Square Miles of Fragile Seafloor Habitats Protected From Destructive Bottom Trawling off U.S. Pacific Coast

In a unanimous vote, the Pacific Fishery Management Council acted to protect more than 140,000 square miles of seafloor from bottom trawling, a destructive fishing practice in which heavy fishing gear is dragged across the seabed. This action will safeguard a unique variety of coral gardens, sponge beds, rocky reefs, and deep-sea ecosystems that provide nurseries, food and shelter for many species — including lingcod, sablefish, flatfish, sharks, rays and more than 60 species of rockfish — important for both ocean abundance and commercial and recreational fishing. This victory for ocean diversity will more than double the area of protected seafloor in U.S. waters off California, Oregon, and Washington.  The fishery council's action will also restore fishing opportunities by opening some historic fishing grounds that were previously closed to bottom trawling while overfished rockfish populations recovered. This outcome comes after a decade of campaigning by Oceana and its allies and builds on previous  work which secured more than 135,000 square miles of West Coast seafloor protections in 2006. Once these new measures are implemented, more than 90 percent of the U.S. West Coast's Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 miles from shore) will be protected from bottom trawling.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New England Fishery Managers Vote to Protect Over 25,000 Square Miles of Deep-Sea Corals from Destructive Fishing

Oceana Urges National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration to Approve Plan to Ban Harmful Trawl and Dredge Fishing

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