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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 Discovery.com and helped launch RealNetworks. He lives in Maryland.

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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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Wasted Cash in the US Fishing Industry

(8) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:37 AM

The fishing industry is an important part of the U.S. economy. In 2012, commercial fishermen landed almost 10 billion pounds of fish worth more than $5 billion. What would you say, though, if you found out that some U.S. fishermen were throwing nearly half of their catch back overboard, because...

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California Fails to List Imperiled White Sharks

(5) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 11:24 AM

The great white shark -- a marine predator weighing more than 6,000 pounds, measuring 20 feet in length, and living more than 70 years -- is one of the most well-known sharks in the world. This ocean super-predator is also an essential part of marine ecosystems, playing a key role...

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President Obama Announces Plan to Combat Seafood Fraud

(18) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:53 PM

I love seafood -- from succulent scallops to salty anchovies, seafood is an increasingly popular meal in my own home and across the United States. Yet consumers searching for sustainable seafood will find very little information about the seafood they eat. Even worse, the information that is available is frequently...

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Spanish Mediterranean Threatened by Seismic Airguns

(7) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 2:51 PM

When you think of Ibiza, you picture sun-drenched shores, turquoise waters, and throngs of carousing tourists. You don't envision a civil uprising of thousands of angry residents. In just one of many recent protests on the Balearic Islands, a crowd of 18,000 people gathered on Ibiza to fight government plans...

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Four Years After the BP Gulf Disaster -- More Spills, No Safeguards, and a Push to Drill

(17) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:08 PM

A few months after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames, sending 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama said that "... one of the lessons we've learned from this spill is that we need better regulations, better safety standards, and...

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Wasted Catch: It's Time to Stop Wasting Seafood

(11) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:35 AM

What if each time you bought a fish filet from a grocery store or restaurant, it included a side order of dead dolphin, drowned sea turtle, or other discarded sea life? I'm guessing you probably wouldn't order that fish anymore. Unfortunately, U.S. fisheries unnecessarily kill marine life and waste tons...

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Seismic Air Guns Will Turn the Atlantic Into a Blast Zone

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:29 PM

The North Atlantic right whale is the rarest of all the large whales and one of the most endangered species in this country. Already threatened by ship collisions and entanglement in fishing gear, they will soon face yet another danger. Recently, the government announced that it is planning...

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NOAA Backs Down

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Scientists estimate that shark populations have declined by much as 90 percent for many species, largely thanks to finners, who kill as many as 73 million sharks every year to supply restaurants with shark fin soup. Recently, sharks got some good news: Following campaigning by Oceana...

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Good News for the Arctic -- Shell Scraps Drilling for 2014

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:52 AM

On January 30, Shell's new CEO, Ben van Beurden, announced that the company will not pursue exploration drilling in the Arctic Ocean in 2014. He also revealed Shell's poor fourth-quarter earnings, attributable in part to offshore exploration expenditures, like those previously made in the Arctic. This announcement is...

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Bloomberg to Help Save the Oceans and Feed the World

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:10 AM

It's not often that someone can make a philanthropic investment that simultaneously fights climate change, biodiversity loss, and world hunger. But Michael Bloomberg is doing just that.

The former New York City mayor is donating $53 million over five years to help Oceana rebuild ocean abundance in three of...

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Right Whales Left Out

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:06 AM

How did the right whale get its name? The answer is no laughing matter -- these whales were dubbed right whales because they were easy to hunt and float when dead, making them the "right" ones for whalers to target.

After centuries of whaling, the North Atlantic right whale...

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Conservation Needs Strong International Trade Laws

(17) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Last month, 24 leading conservation organizations banded together to write to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Signatories included the presidents and chief executive officers of environmental nonprofits, including Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, World...

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NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

(27) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Commuters traveling through the metro station near the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) headquarters might notice something unusual -- a series of ads posted by Oceana urging NOAA to protect sharks and not shark finners. NOAA is tasked with "the management, conservation and protection of" our nation's "living marine...

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The Government Shutdown and the Oceans

(34) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 8:36 AM

The United States government is finally back to work after a 16-day shutdown. The immediate crisis may be over, but the negative effects if the shutdown will continue to impact fisheries management and ocean conservation for weeks, or even years to come.

While some fishermen were...

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World Food Day - Save the Oceans, Feed the World

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:43 AM

In 1614, Captain John Smith arrived off the coast of Maine searching for minerals, whales, and wealth. But the greatest bounty he discovered was actually fish. Smith and his crew stumbled upon vast schools of cod, a valuable commercial fish and a kitchen staple in Europe. Dried or salted, the...

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Farmed Salmon Are Not a Sustainable Alternative

(123) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Yesterday the Washington Post published a dangerously misleading article about farmed salmon. Lauding improvements in the salmon farming industry, they assert that farmed salmon is a viable alternative to wild-caught fish. We'd like to set the record straight: farmed salmon is a terrible choice for our oceans.

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A Win for Whales: Seismic Airgun Testing Decision Delayed

(64) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Imagine you are in the ocean. You hear the lapping of waves, the squeals of dolphins, and the swish of swimming schools of fish -- all sounds you expect to hear underwater. But then a boat glides overhead, and the chatter is drowned by a deafening roar. Sonic blast after...

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