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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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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

(60) 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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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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