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Andrew Sharpless has led Oceana since 2003 as its Chief Executive Officer. Oceana, founded in late 2001, has grown in that time to be the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans. Previously, he began and helped launch RealNetworks. He lives in Maryland.

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Victory for U.S. Oceans: Obama Administration Protects East Coast from Offshore Drilling

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 12:13 PM

Here's some great news: the United States Government has announced it will remove the Atlantic Ocean from its five-year plan for oil and gas development. This is an important victory for the U.S. Oceans.

Our organization, Oceana, has campaigned against proposals to drill for oil in the Atlantic since 2009....

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Private Sector Demonstrates that Seafood Traceability is Possible and Profitable

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 4:04 PM

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Ordering seafood off a menu in your favorite restaurant or from your local grocery store's seafood counter may not be as simple as you think. Right now, it is far too difficult for consumers to know basic facts about the seafood on...

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A Simple Step to Save Sea Turtles

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 8:55 AM

From Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, usually weighing less than 100 pounds when fully grown, to the leatherback, the largest turtle on earth, all seven species of sea turtles living in U.S. oceans are listed as endangered or threatened with extinction. These animals contribute to the biodiversity of our oceans and...

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Salmon for Dinner? Your Meal Just Got a Bit More Fishy

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Think about the last time you had salmon--a lox bagel, a salmon fillet, or perhaps as a salmon burger. Regardless of the preparation, it was likely delicious. Salmon is America's favorite and most readily consumed fish, but it's unfortunately no stranger to seafood fraud.

In a

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A Fish By Any Other Name

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Names are important, especially when it comes to what's on our dinner plates. When you order a hamburger, you know you should be getting a specific species, Bos Taurus, or the domestic cow. Just as many animals on land have a scientific name, a common name and sometimes even a...

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We Can Save the Oceans and Feed the World

(15) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:02 PM

World Oceans Day can provide a moment to pause and reflect on the beauty of the oceans or the wonder of the wild creatures that inhabit it. But as we reminisce about moments we've spent by the sea, we should also stop to think about the millions of hungry people...

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Ocean Waters Off California Must Be Free of Drift Gillnets

(20) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Every year, hundreds of iconic marine animals -- think endangered sperm whales and massive leatherback sea turtles -- die an incredibly slow and unnecessary death: drowning in mile-long nets submerged 100 feet under the ocean's surface. These nets, called drift gillnets, are set in the Pacific Ocean waters off California...

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Little Fish Win Big Protections From Commercial Fishing

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 3:15 PM

The humble, tiny forage fish -- think herring or smelt -- may appear to play small roles in a vast ocean, but don't let their size deceive you. Forage fish are truly the pillars of healthy ocean ecosystems and sustainable marine food webs, supporting the diets of whales, dolphins, sea...

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Five Years After the BP Oil Disaster, Few Lessons Learned About Dangers of Offshore Drilling

(10) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Five years ago, an explosion on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and caused the rig to sink in the Gulf of Mexico. By the time responders capped the well 87 days later, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil had spread into the Gulf of Mexico....

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Oceana Finds Seafood Fraud in Maryland Crab Cakes

(12) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:31 PM

When it comes to seafood options, many residents in the Chesapeake Bay area know there's nothing quite like a delicious, Maryland crab cake. The blue crab at the heart of this dish is a cultural icon throughout the region, and popular with locals and tourists alike. But what many seafood...

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Oceana Convenes World's Top Chefs for Commitment to Serving More Sustainable Seafood

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Today twenty of the world's most acclaimed chefs publicly announced their commitment to Oceana's global campaign, Save the Oceans: Feed the World. Though it sounds counterintuitive, protecting our oceans also means protecting our planet's food security: by encouraging wild fish species to flourish we are supporting a naturally occurring source...

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GrubHub: It's Time to Take Shark Fin Soup off the Menu

(11) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:46 AM

Did you know that you can order shark fin soup online through GrubHub and its subsidiaries, Seamless, All Menus and Menu Pages?

Every year, about 73 million sharks are killed for their fins through a brutal practice known as shark finning, where sharks' fins are removed while the sharks...

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Offshore Wind Energy Would Produce Twice as Many Jobs as Oil and Gas Operations in the Atlantic

(54) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Did you know that coastal activity in Atlantic states--ranging from fishing, tourism, recreation and more--supports about 1.4 million jobs and net about $95 billion in gross domestic product every year? That means that anytime you head to the East Coast and spend time fishing or eating local seafood, for example,...

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Presidential Task Force Releases Recommendations for Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 8:33 PM

Last week, our government took a huge step forward in stopping seafood fraud and illegal fishing. President Obama's Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud delivered its recommendations for stopping this international problem that harms consumers and our oceans.

President Obama announced the...

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A Luxury Resort Threatens Belize's Mesoamerican Reef

(17) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Belize's Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the home of the world-famous Great Blue Hole -- a massive underwater sinkhole and World Heritage Site. The islands that make up this ring of coral reefs are known for their crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reef. Hundreds of species of...

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Google, Skytruth, and Oceana Partner to Monitor Global Fishing

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Each day, hundreds of thousands of fishing vessels cruise the world's oceans in search of seafood. Fishing with bottom trawls, longlines, gillnets, and harpoons, they search the farthest reaches of the ocean to bring back the seafood that we enjoy and many depend on. The vast scale of the global...

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Report Reveals Seafood Fraud in Shrimp

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Do you know where your shrimp comes from? Probably not.

Today, Oceana released a new scientific report revealing that 30 percent of shrimp products tested from grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. The only known study of its kind in the U.S., the report also...

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Gov. Brown: Take a Stand for Healthy Oceans, Consumer Protection, and Sustainable Seafood

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 10:48 AM

We believe everyone has the right to know what they are eating. We're particularly picky when it comes to fish. Over the past few years, Oceana conducted DNA testing on seafood sold in grocery stores and restaurants around the country. Our results were shocking -- 33 percent of the seafood...
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Drift Gillnets Still Threaten California Marine Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Imagine being trapped 100 feet underwater in a massive net, struggling to reach the surface and unable to breathe. This fate is what awaits hundreds of marine mammals, including endangered sperm whales, and other ocean life in waters off of California. What's more, the government is allowing the drift gillnet...

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Progress for Sharks

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:50 AM

In case you haven't heard, it's Shark Week. This week-long shark extravaganza on the Discovery Channel is the highlight of many TV viewers' summer calendar. Because who doesn't love sharks? Aside from making great television, these fearsome predators are one of the most amazing and important fish species in the...

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