Victories | Oceana


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.

February, 2009

Obama Puts Fisheries Subsidies on Agenda

U.S. President Barack Obama recognized the need to make trade part of the solution for addressing international environmental challenges, specifically mentioning fisheries depletion, in his 2009 Trade Policy Agenda.


January, 2009

Increased Funding for Observers

From 2003-2009, Oceana advocated increased funding for observer programs to members of the United States Congress. These efforts helped increase available funding for fishery observers from around 14 million dollars to approximately 32 million dollars.

January, 2009

Spain Commits to Advance Shark Legislation

The Spanish government, after campaigning and consulting with Oceana, committed to advancing new shark legislation that would ban the catch of threatened hammerhead and thresher sharks, put in place catch limits for blue sharks and shortfin mako sharks and evaluate the viability of landing sharks whole with their fins attached. Spain is one of the largest shark catching and exporting countries in the world.

January, 2009

Dr. Lark Agrees to Stop Selling Shark Squalane

After more than a year of pressure from Oceana, Dr. Susan Lark, an online wellness personality who markets health and beauty products, announced that she will sell cosmetic products containing squalane derived from olives rather than deep-sea sharks. More than 15,000 Wavemakers contacted Lark, telling her it was unconscionable to sacrifice already at-risk shark populations for the sake of beauty.

December, 2008

Pollock Catch Levels Reduced to Protect Aleutian Islands Ecosystem

Fishery managers reduced the catch level for the Bering Sea pollock fishery, the largest fishery in North America, by 18 percent to around 815,000 metric tons for the 2009 season. The new limit was put in place due to declining pollock numbers, and a recognition of the importance of pollock to the ecosystems of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.  Pollock are a central food source for endangered Steller sea lions, salmon, fur seals, halibut, seabirds and other animals.

December, 2008

Chile Moves Forward to Reduce Antibiotic Use

After campaigning by Oceana, the Chilean government recommended ending the excessive use of antibiotics in salmon farms. This will stop the overuse of antibiotics created for human health, end the overpopulation of salmon pens, lessen the amount of waste and salmon released into the marine environment and slow down the expansion of the industry to the heretofore pristine fjords of Patagonia.


October, 2008

Aleutian Islands Shipping Safety Measures Move Forward

The federal government has begun implementation of a “risk assessment” for the Aleutian Islands, the critical first step towards getting meaningful spill response capabilities in place for the region. The risk assessment will help policy makers and the Coast Guard in designing and implementing a spill response plan for the Aleutians that includes adequate funding for the complete monitoring of all ship traffic and ensuring necessary training, resources and equipment in place locally for the Aleutians.


August, 2008

Costco Joins the Green List

Costco, the nation’s largest wholesaler, agrees to post the FDA fish consumption advisory at the point of sale and adds almost 400 grocery stores to Oceana’s Green List.

July, 2008

Freezing the Bering Sea’s Footprint

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it will adopt Oceana’s “freeze-the-footprint” approach by closing nearly 180,000 square miles of the Bering Sea to destructive bottom trawling to protect important seafloor habitats and marine life.


July, 2008

House Ways & Means Committee Letter

A bipartisan group of 12 congressional trade leaders from the powerful House Ways & Means Committee called on the United States to make the successful outcome of the fisheries subsidies negotiations a trade priority.