Since 2001, Oceana has achieved hundreds 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.
Vermont Country Store Stops Selling Shark Squalane
Thousands of Oceana Wavemakers contacted the Vermont Country Story, a leading catalog retailer, convincing it to stop selling a skin enhancer containing shark squalane. In an ironic note, the product was marketed under the name “Oceana.”
Measures to Reduce Fishing Waste Stand Up in Court
A federal appeals court let stand conservation measures approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries, and supported by Oceana, to limit the amount of discards from large bottom trawling vessels. The regulations require large “head and gut” bottom trawl vessels in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to retain and utilize a larger portion of the fish they catch, as opposed to keeping only the most economically valuable species and throwing the rest overboard.
According to NOAA estimates, these regulations will prevent 110 million pounds of groundfish from being wasted as unwanted bycatch each year, and serve as an incentive for vessels to fish more carefully, limiting bycatch of corals and other marine animals.
ERCO Converts Port Edwards, Wisconsin Facility to Mercury-Free Technology
ERCO Worldwide announced it would switch to mercury-free technology at its Port Edwards, Wisconsin facility. ERCO’s switch eliminated Wisconsin’s largest source of mercury air pollution.
U.S. House Passes Resolution on Fishing Subsidies
The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution stating that eliminating harmful fisheries subsidies represents a U.S. priority. That resolution, H.Con.Res.94, was sponsored by Rep. Bordallo.
First-ever Fishery Ecosystem Plan Passed for Aleutian Islands
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the nation’s first comprehensive ecosystem-based management measure when it approved the Aleutian Islands Fishery Ecosystem Plan. This Fishery Ecosystem Plan is a blueprint for considering all aspects of the marine ecosystem, including biological diversity, abundant populations of fish, food needs of top predators, and healthy intact habitats, when making decisions on managing healthy and sustainable fisheries in the Aleutian Islands.
This is an important new tool in managing Aleutian Islands fisheries from a more holistic, ecosystem-based perspective, and sets a remarkable precedent for ecosystem-based management measures in other fisheries around the nation.
Protecting Pacific Leatherbacks from Gillnets
Under pressure from scientists and conservation groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) denied a proposal to allow drift gillnet vessels to operate in an area off the California and Oregon coasts where such fishing is seasonally banned to protect the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle. The drift gillnet fishery, which targets swordfish, tuna and sharks, also kills not just endangered sea turtles, but humpback, fin, gray and sperm whales, several species of dolphins and other marine mammals.
U.S. Senate Passes Resolution on Fishing Subsidies
In May 2007, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution making it clear the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies is a U.S. priority. The resolution, S.Res.208, was sponsored by Senator Ted Stevens.
Pioneer Converts St. Gabriel, Lousiana Plant to Mercury-Free Technology
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.
New Magnuson-Stevens Act Passed
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.
SuperValu Stores Join the Green List
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.