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Leading Up to the 13th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oceana Calls on President Biden to Prevent New Offshore Drilling

April 18, 2023 – Leading up to the 13th anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history — the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill — Oceana is calling on President Joe Biden to lead on climate change and honor his campaign promise to prevent new offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. In a new report released […]

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New Report Finds California Ocean Biodiversity at Risk from Set Gillnet Fishery

MONTEREY, CALIF. — Today, Oceana and Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) released a report finding that the set gillnet fishery targeting California halibut and white seabass off Southern California is threatening the heath and diversity of the ocean ecosystem. This fishery throws overboard 64 percent of the animals caught, which is among the highest “bycatch” […]

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Oceana Analysis Finds U.S. Falls Short on Transparency at Sea

WASHINGTON — Oceana released a new analysis today finding that the United States’ requirements for transparency of fishing vessels fall short of other countries’ requirements, including the European Union. Oceana says this analysis reinforces the need for the U.S. government to expand regulations and require more fishing vessels to use public tracking devices.   Public vessel […]

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Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Added to Calif. State Endangered Species Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. October 15, 2021 – Yesterday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to designate the Western Pacific population of leatherback sea turtles as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Pacific leatherbacks are the most endangered sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean with their population having declined 95% over the last thirty years. […]

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Oceana Analysis Finds Sensitive Species and Habitats Most At-Risk from California Oil Spill

Oceana released a new analysis today identifying some of the most endangered and vulnerable species at-risk from the devastating oil spill taking place off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif. As part of its assessment, Oceana mapped the locations of ecologically diverse and economically valuable ocean resources most susceptible to oil contamination, which it says is critical […]

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Congress Introduces Bold New Legislation to Combat Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 — Today, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act, a comprehensive bill to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, expand transparency, and stop seafood fraud, while strengthening U.S. leadership on issues that threaten our oceans, consumers, and human rights. […]

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Offshore Drilling Ban Could Prevent Over 19 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Over $720 Billion in Damages

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2021 – An Oceana analysis released today finds permanent offshore drilling protections for unleased federal waters could prevent over 19 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions as well as more than $720 billion in damages to people, property and the environment. Oceana calls on President Biden to permanently protect our coasts from offshore drilling to ensure the future of our coastal economy that depends on a healthy ocean and help address the growing climate crisis.    “By permanently protecting our coasts from dirty offshore drilling and […]

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House Votes to Protect U.S. Coasts from Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2019 — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently protect the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling. The passage of the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941) and the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act (H.R. 205) comes on the heels […]

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Pacific Sardine Population Considered “Overfished” According to New Government Draft Assessment

Monterey, CA, March 26, 2019—A new draft stock assessment released by the National Marine Fisheries Service projects the population of Pacific sardine to be 27,547 metric tons (mt) in July 2019. According to federal law, this population level is well below the 50,000 mt threshold under which the Fisheries Service must declare sardines “overfished.” The […]

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Oceana Launches New Science Advisors Initiative for its Campaign to Save the Oceans and Feed the World

WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2018 – To mark World Oceans Day, Oceana announced today the launch of its Oceana Science Advisors (OSA) initiative to promote dialogue and collaboration around its “Save the Oceans, Feed the World” campaign. The experts announced today as initial participants represent diverse fields of inquiry and areas of expertise, and their […]

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Sustainably Manage California Swordfish Fishing

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2018 – Today, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D- Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced legislation—S. 2773—that would pave the way for a sustainable West Coast swordfish fishery by phasing out the use of drift gillnets in ocean waters off California. The bill will facilitate the phase-out of large-scale driftnet […]

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Oceana Releases Expedition Findings for Previously Unexplored Seafloor Areas off Southern California

September 7, 2017 – Today, Oceana released the findings of a scientific expedition it conducted in some never before explored waters off Southern California. In August 2016, in partnership with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Marine Applied Research and Exploration, Oceana documented the living seafloor off Southern California along with species that rely […]

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Trump Administration Gets One Step Closer to Approving Seismic Airgun Blasting off East Coast

WASHINGTON June 5, 2017 – Today, the Trump administration issued draft Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface. By issuing these draft IHAs for public comment, Oceana says the federal government […]

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