2014 - Oceana USA

CEO Note: Presidential Task Force Releases Recommendations for Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

Earlier this summer, I wrote to you when President Obama established a Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud. President Obama established the task force in June at the global Our Ocean conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. There, he directed federal agencies to work together for … Read more

Good News for the Arctic: Chevron Scraps Plans for Offshore Oil Exploration

Earlier this month, Chevron announced it was withdrawing plans for offshore oil exploration in the Canadian Arctic’s Beaufort Sea in a letter to Canada’s National Energy Board. The oil corporation cited “economic uncertainty in the industry,” as a reason for their decision, according to Reuters.  “Chevron’s decision is further evidence that risky, expensive projects in … Read more

Ocean Roundup: Staghorn Coral “Forests” Discovered off Florida, Peru’s Anchovy Fishery Closed Again, and More

– Scientists have discovered “forests” of staghorn coral off of Southern Florida—a rare discovery since these corals are experiencing large declines. Staghorn coral has declined from coral reef bleaching and white-band disease in recent years. Sun Sentinel – Mexican officials are proposing a $37 million plan to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. Under the … Read more

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Ocean Lovers!

All of us at Oceana would like to wish our readers, ocean activists and Wavemakers a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season! While we take time to slow down and reflect over the holidays, we want to express our gratitude for our ocean activists’ dedication and passion. We could not create positive change for our … Read more

Ocean Roundup: Chevron Withdraws Drilling Plans from the Arctic, Peru Issues Ban on Shrimp Fishing, and More

– Chevron has withdrawn its plans for oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea because of “economic uncertainty” and low oil prices. Chevron sent a letter to Canada’s National Energy Board earlier this week, saying it was cancelling plans to drill about 155 miles northwest of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Reuters – Peru has issued a ban on … Read more

Holiday Creature Feature: Christmas Tree Worm and Candy Cane Shrimp

Some marine animals don’t have to put any effort into celebrating the holiday season, and instead, celebrate this special time all year long. With the holiday season in full swing, we’re spotlighting two small marine animals that are aptly named for their resemblance to two different holiday symbols: the Christmas tree worm and candy cane … Read more