2019 - Oceana USA

Coastal Leaders Urge Congress to Protect Our Coasts from Offshore Drilling

On November 13, more than 30 business leaders, local officials and state lawmakers from 13 East and West Coast states visited Capitol Hill to ask members of Congress to block the expansion of offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and off Florida’s gulf coast. The delegation highlighted bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling and sought to … Read more

Shark Week Events Highlight Support for National Shark Fin Ban

Did you tune in to Discovery Channel’s insanely popular Shark Week last month? If you did, you’re certainly not alone. Each year, millions of Americans gather around their television sets to learn more about these fascinating yet often misunderstood creatures. But did you know that sharks are the ones in danger?  Each year up to … Read more

Tracking Suspicious Activity at Sea

The world’s oceans support billions of people with food and livelihoods. The global demand for seafood has more than doubled in the last 50 years, which has unfortunately led to overfishing and declining fish populations in many areas. Vessels must now travel farther and fish for longer in order to remain profitable, but some bad … Read more

Thousands Mobilize Against Dirty and Dangerous Offshore Oil Drilling

On May 18, 2019, ocean lovers across the United States gathered at their local beaches to participate in Hands Across the Sand. Along with business leaders and elected officials, thousands of concerned citizens joined hands to symbolically “draw a line in the sand,” opposing efforts to expand offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting. Since 2010, … Read more

Georgia Offshore Drilling Opposition Growing Even Louder

It has been a big month for opposing drilling. On April 2, 2019, the Georgia House of Representatives passed Resolution 48 opposing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting off Georgia’s coast by an overwhelming margin of 125 to 36. And, to make great news even better, Representative Buddy Carter – a long-time drilling supporter – … Read more

Senate Committee Advances Shark Bill

This week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to advance the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S.877/ H.R. 737), in a bipartisan effort to end the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States. Although shark finning is illegal in our waters, the import and export of shark fins in … Read more

Oceana Study Finds Seafood Fraud Nationwide

What’s really on your plate? Oceana launched a campaign to stop seafood fraud in 2011. Since then, we’ve been sampling seafood from coast to coast.  Roughly one-third of more than 1,500 samples we tested were mislabeled. Oceana brought these findings to the public and urged the government to act, and in 2018, the federal government … Read more