Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international group focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe, work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists lead our team of economists, lawyers, and advocates focused on achieving tangible results for the oceans. Saving the oceans may take decades, but in each of our campaigns we aim to accomplish an important milestone in that effort within two to five years.
In the united states, oceana is working on science-based policy campaigns that address responsible fishing, climate and energy, seafood fraud and defending the nation's bedrock conservation laws.responsible fishing:oceana's responsible fishing campaign seeks to win long-term, sustainable management of u.s. Fisheries. Oceana is working to ban the sale and trade of shark fins; to reduce bycatch of fish and protected or endangered species; to protect the habitats that are necessary for nursing, spawning, feeding, and other functions; and to get science-based quotas for commercial species as well as for species that are necessary food-fish for commercially important species. Highlighted below are a sample of oceana's achievements in 2017 in each of these areas.shark fin ban:due to the excessive pressure on shark populations being driven largely by demand for their fins, oceana launched a campaign to ban the trade in shark fins.-oceana successfully advocated for the re-introduction of the shark fin trade elimination act, to ban possession and sale of shark fins.-oceana identified an opportunity to move the bill through the senate commerce committee, which passed the bill by voice vote on May 18, 2017.-oceana is continuing to add co-sponsors: 236 house cosponsors, representing more than half of the chamber; and 4 of the 9 most influential republican committee chairs signed a joint op-ed calling on congress to pass the bill.bycatch:-the unintentional catch of marine species while fishing (bycatch) undermines successful fisheries management and wastes the ocean's living marine resources. Bycatch is the greatest remaining barrier to restoring u.s. Fisheries and ecosystems. Drift gillnets are particularly destructive: between 2007 and January 2013, the drift gillnet fishery discarded 61 percent of all marine animals caught. Oceana succeeded in preventing the expansion of the drift gillnet fishery in to the pacific leatherback conservation area in 2017. -oceana obtained the identities of the 68 vessels of the gulf of alaska trawl fleet and built a database of global fishing watch data to track the behavior of these vessels and to help verify if observers are on board. Additionally, oceana identified the locations of fish processing plants to help gfw better define the beginning and end of 'fishing trips' when fish is dropped off at the plants.protecting habitat:oceana protects important habitats, including nursery and spawning grounds. -oceana published the ecological atlas of the bering, chukchi, and beaufort seas, that identifies the important habitats for marine species across the entire u.s. Arctic. Oceana developed and used a spatial database to produce 15 maps for the atlas. Oceana contributed sections on zooplankton, benthic biomass, snow crab, red king crab, and many additional species. -oceana secured habitat protection measures needed to keep bottom trawling out of more than a million square kilometers of sensitive seafloor habitat in the aleutian islands, gulf of alaska, and bering sea.-because of oceana, the national marine fisheries service (nmfs) finalized the mid-atlantic fishery management council proposal on deep sea coral conservation, protecting more than 35,000 square miles (91,000 km2) of ocean habitat from long island to north carolina from trawl and dredge fishing.science-based catch limits:-although scientifically-based quotas are required by law, managers are not setting sufficient limits for some fisheries. Oceana's work is designed to ensure that quotas are set in a way that maintain healthy ecosystems, taking into account factors such as predator-prey relationships and population dynamics.-through science and advocacy, oceana helped convince the pacific fishery management council to keep the u.s. West coast pacific sardine fishery closed for the upcoming commercial season in order to protect the fishery.-oceana persuaded the state of california to implement new regulations safeguarding hundreds of species of forage fish from new, directed fisheries. We achieved our goal of protecting roughly 70 percent of forage fish (by weight) in west coast waters. Oceana also got nmfs to set quotas for aleutian pacific cod and aleutian pollock that take into account their role as forage or food for predators.stop expanded offshore drilling:president trump is eliminating protections we won for the atlantic, arctic, and pacific oceans against offshore oil drilling. The administration plans to allow lease sales in all u.s oceans. Congress can also speed the process of selling leases in these areas through legislation. The trump administration can quickly approve exploratory seismic testing permits in the atlantic. To prevent these actions, we have expanded our grassroots campaign in coastal congressional districts nationally, with a focus on passing local resolutions and building clear business community opposition.stopping the expansion of offshore oil in the atlantic and pacific oceans:-oceana defended against congressional efforts to end the congressional moratorium against drilling in the eastern gulf of mexico.-oceana provided legal and scientific support and activated congressional champions, grassroots allies, and coalition partners to stop the trump administration from finalizing a revised five-year plan to expand offshore drilling. Through our work, four additional governors have publicly opposed offshore oil drilling.-through an expanded grassroots campaign to amplify the voices of pacific coast business leaders, communities, and municipal and state elected officials, oceana helped prevent the trump administration from including lease sales in the pacificstop offshore drilling in the arctic:-oceana succeeded in preventing the protections afforded the arctic in 2016 from being overturned in 2017, as neither congress nor the trump administration has succeeded in opening the arctic to offshore drilling.seafood fraud:-oceana engaged our expanded field team to build support for expanding traceability using full chain traceability for all seafood sold in the united states.-oceana defended laws and regulations that give authority to trace and track seafood such as the federal food, drug and cosmetic act, the lacey act, and the magnuson stevens act.defense of ocean protection laws:oceana joined with other environmental groups to help defend against efforts to undermine key environmental laws such as the magnuson stevens act, marine mammal protection act (mmpa), endangered species act, antiquities act, administrative procedure act and national environmental policy act. Oceana built and is co-leading with natural resources defense council a coalition of about 30 ngos in defending the mmpa from attacks by congress and the administration.
Clean energy campaign:since 2011, oceana has dedicated significant efforts to achieving a ban on offshore oil activities in belize. Despite a 2015 government pledge that it would permanently ban offshore oil drilling in certain areas, including the length of the belize barrier reef reserve system and the world heritage sites, in 2016, the secret approval of seismic studies in belizean waters underscored that the threat of oil remained.
Marketing and Communications$2.7m
Key achievements of oceana's marketing and communications department in 2017 are highlighted below.online communications:-as of October 2017, oceana has built a supporter base of 2.4 million supporters, up from the 2016 end-of-year level of 1.9 million. Oceana's supporters include 840,806 email list subscribers; 898,302 facebook followers; 283,752 twitter followers; and 383,109 instagram followers. The additional 1.53 million followers of oceana countries' social media