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Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, they have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.

News from Oceana:

Oceana Elects New Leadership for Board of Directors, Simon Sidamon-Eristoff Becomes Chairman

Sidamon-Eristoff to lead world's largest international ocean conservation organization
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Oceana, the world's largest organization focused solely on ocean conservation, announced its new chairman, Simon Sidamon-Eristoff of Was…

The Wyss Foundation Provides $10 Million Grant to Help Restore Productivity and Health of the World's Fisheries

Grant will support science-based efforts to improve fish stocks and ocean health in Peru and Canada
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Oceana announced that the Wyss Foundation will, over the next five years, provide up to $10 million in matching funds to help rebuild fisheries in…

Oceana Appoints Lasse Gustavsson to Lead Oceana in Europe

Gustavsson will serve as Senior Vice President for Europe, joins Global Management Team
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Oceana announced the appointment of Lars "Lasse" Gustavsson as its new Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization'…

Rashida Jones, Cobie Smulders, and Angela Kinsey Dive in to Help Oceana Protect Belizean Reefs

New PSA and Photos Show Celebrity Trio Using Star Power to Protect the Oceans
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A trio of Hollywood celebrities recently took their star power to Belize to help Oceana protect the largest reef in the Western hemisphere. Cobie Smulders, Rashida Jones and Angel…

Champion Big Wave Surfer Maya Gabeira Stars in New Oceana PSA

On World Oceans Day Gabeira Wants to "Help the Oceans Catch a Break"
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – To celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8th), Oceana, the largest international ocean conservation organization, released a new public service announcement (PSA) starring Br…

Oceana Honors Michael R. Bloomberg's Support of Marine Conservation

The world's oceans get support from Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Susan and David Rockefeller, and Adrian Grenier
NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated solely to protecting the world's oceans, honored Michael R. Bloomb…

Miranda Cosgrove Swims with Dolphins in New Oceana PSA

Despicable Me and iCarly actress urges government to protect dolphins from seismic testing

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Oceana released its latest public service announcement (PSA) starring actress, singer and ocean lover, Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly and Des…

Oceana Announces $3 Million Grant from Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Grant, from proceeds of 11th Hour Auction at Christie's, to protect sharks, marine animals, habitat in Pacific and Arctic
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Oceana, the largest international advocacy group to work on behalf of the world's oceans, announced a $3 million gran…

Oceana Receives 5 Million Dollar Grant from the Arcadia Fund to Protect Ocean Biodiversity Around the World

Funds dispersed over 5-year period will help organization address critical seafloor habitat and marine life protection
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Oceana announced today the receipt of a grant from UK-based Arcadia Fund. The funding of 5,000,000 US dollars will be paid over a peri…

Oceana Launches 5th Annual Ocean Hero Awards

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Adult and Junior Ocean Heroes
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Oceana announces the start of its fifth annual Ocean Hero Awards, a summertime contest celebrating individuals who go above and beyond to protect America's oceans.
The program honor…

Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize

Belize Court Nullifies Offshore Oil Contracts, Protects World's Second Largest Barrier Reef from Offshore Drilling
BELIZE CITY, Belize, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, Belize's Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2…

Huge Leap Towards Protecting European Fisheries

World's Fifth Largest Fishing Power Advances Dramatic Reforms
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Today the European Parliament voted to reform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), a law that manages all European fisheries. Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted…

Chile: First Country to Protect All Seamounts from Bottom Trawling

Chile establishes set of new fisheries laws protecting seamounts, limiting bycatch and setting science based quotas, protects 150,000 square kilometers of marine habitat
SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Oceana welcomes the historic reform of the Chilean Fisheries Law passed by…

Adopt an Octopus (Yes, an Octopus!) this Holiday Season

7th Annual Oceana Adoption Center offers five new animals including octopuses and rays

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Oceana announces the official launch of its seventh annual "Adopt a Marine Creature" holiday giving program, which provides support for Oceana and its g…

Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless Responds to Alarming New Report on the Status of the World's Fisheries

Head of largest international ocean conservation organization offers ideas on how to rebuild fish stocks to curb world hunger

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of the largest international ocean conservation organization, issues a statement on the new report: S…

Caribbean Fantasy Trip on the World's Largest Luxury Sailing Catamaran to Be Auctioned at Oceana Event

Burgess Presents HEMISPHERE to Oceana SeaChange Summer Party
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., July 27, 2012 — This year marks the fifth anniversary of Oceana's Summer SeaChange party and the highlight of the event's live auction is a 7-day Caribbean Charter aboard HEMISPHERE, the world'…

Oceana Says Saving the Oceans Can Help Feed the World

New Oceana report outlines how protecting the oceans can feed 700 million people a day
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2012 — Today, surrounding the 20th anniversary of World Oceans Day, Oceana unveiled a report outlining how saving the world's oceans can help to feed the 9 billion people projected to be…

Oceana Launches 4th Annual Ocean Heroes Contest

Nominations Open Today for America's Top Ocean Stewards
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 — Today, Oceana announced the start of its fourth annual Ocean Heroes Contest, a summertime celebration of the individuals who go above and beyond to protect the oceans. This year's contest kicks off the…

Aimee Teegarden Swims with Sea Lion Pups and Discovers Oceans' Hidden Treasures with Oceana

Friday Night Lights actress stars in new Oceana PSA
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 — Today Oceana released its latest public service announcement (PSA) starring actress and ocean lover Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights.
Oceana and Teegarden traveled up the coast of Southern California, from La Jo…

Alexandra Cousteau Joins Oceana

Environmental Activist Continues Family Legacy with Largest Ocean Conservation Organization
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 — Today Oceana announces that Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, has become a senior advisor to the organization.
Alexandra is a…

Oceana Announces Addition of Rogier van Vliet to Board of Directors

Chairman of the Dutch fund Adessium Foundation becomes newest member of largest international ocean conservation group
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 — Oceana is pleased to announce the addition of Rogier van Vliet to its board of directors.
Van Vliet is chairman of Adessium Foundation, a privately…

International Business Leader Ricardo J. Cisneros Joins Oceana's Board of Directors

Top Latin American business executive becomes the newest member of the largest international ocean conservation group
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2011 — Oceana is pleased to announce that Ricardo J. Cisneros has joined its expanding board of directors.
"I'm a diver and underwater photogr…