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, we have protected over 1.6 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 600,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. We have campaign offices in the countries that control close to 25 percent of the world’s wild fish catch, including in North, South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.
To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org.
Started 10 petitions
Tell Congress to Ban the Trade of Shark Fins in the United States
Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a wasteful and inhumane practice in which a shark’s fins are cut off and the body is discarded at sea to drown. While shark finning is illegal in American waters, fins are still bought and sold in the United States. Add your name now and tell Congress to prohibit the sale and trade of all shark fin products in the U.S. A nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins is the best way to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting shark finning and protect sharks around the world.
Fight Pirate Fishing and Seafood Fraud
Pirate fishing threatens to derail our efforts to restore the world’s oceans. Such illegal fishing accounts for between 20-32 percent of wild-caught seafood crossing our borders. We can’t continue to look the other way and encourage further harm to our oceans. President Obama’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud recently released its proposed rule on traceability. The proposed rule is a step forward, but more needs to be done and soon. Add your name to tell President Obama’s Task Force to take a stand for healthy oceans: extend traceability to all species throughout the supply chain.
More than 50,000 sea turtles could die but here's a simple way to save their lives
Every year more than 50,000 sea turtles are killed by shrimp trawling nets in the Southeastern waters of the United States even though there is a simple solution that could significantly reduce this number! The President and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should take this urgent action to save sea turtles' lives. Please sign our petition if you agree action must be taken immediately. Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) installed in shrimp trawl nets can save almost all of the sea turtles caught, while also benefiting the U.S. shrimp fishery and protecting fish stocks for the future. Currently, NOAA Fisheries requires that only certain shrimp trawls in the Southeast region use TEDs, which are proven to be 97 percent effective at saving sea turtles. By requiring new and improved TEDs on all shrimp trawls, however, thousands more can be saved and millions of pounds of "bycatch" fish will also be saved rather than thrown away. Despite readily available solutions, no fishery-wide TED requirement has been enacted, and that's why we urge President Obama to take action by establishing a requirement for all shrimp trawls to use a TED and to transition those that already use TEDs to the improved design. New scientific studies indicate that reducing the spaces between the bars of a TED by just 1 inch would significantly decrease finfish bycatch by over 55 million pounds. Making this change will bring us one step closer to being able to say, without hesitation, that all U.S. caught wild shrimp is a good choice. Of the seven species of sea turtles living in our oceans, all are listed as endangered or threatened. By taking these actions, we can save thousands of sea turtles and fish each year and expand the role of the United States as a leader in fishery management. We're teaming up with Discovery Channel's Racing Extinction to tell President Obama to require TEDs in all shrimp trawl nets. Please sign our petition so we can save thousands of sea turtles every year.
Stop the Drill: Say No to Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic
The horrible impacts of offshore oil and gas development are undeniable. The Gulf is still recovering from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. That event led to 11 people losing their lives, many dolphins dying of oil-induced lung lesions, and coastal communities suffering untold economic calamity. Yet if we don't speak up, such a catastrophe could be repeated in the United States Atlantic and Arctic oceans for the first time. We must protect our oceans, wildlife and communities before it's too late. Shell finally realized that drilling in the Arctic Ocean is a BAD idea and abandoned its efforts indefinitely. On the East Coast, more than 75 communities have officially announced their opposition to drilling off their coasts. Momentum is building for President Obama to take action and protect our waters once and for all. But he needs to hear from you! Add your voice now to tell President Obama to Stop the Drill: Keep new offshore drilling out of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
Stop an Oil-Fueled Tragedy in the Arctic Ocean
You can help this mother polar bear and her cub. Polar bears and hundreds of other majestic creatures depend on a healthy Arctic Ocean for survival, but their habitat is at risk. The federal government continues to move toward offshore oil drilling in this wild and wonderful environment, and one thing we know is that where drilling occurs, spills follow. Shell's 2012 effort to drill in the U.S. Arctic was plagued by mistakes and problems. And the fact remains that the oil industry cannot adequately contain a spill in the Arctic Ocean. A single accident could lead to serious environmental degradation and impact the region's coastal communities. We should not put the Arctic's polar bears, ice seals, belugas and many other iconic inhabitants in harm's way. Right now, oil companies have their eyes set on the U.S. Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The federal government has the power to keep offshore waters free of new oil drilling, and we the people can influence our government. Let's do it. Please sign this petition to help prevent an oil-fueled tragedy in the Arctic Ocean.
Stop dirty drilling, invest in wind energy, and save dolphins
Oil spills in their home force dolphins to break through a dirty oil slick just to take a breath. In waters around the world, dolphins and other animals are constantly facing the threat of oil spills and other pollutants caused by offshore drilling. But there is a clean and safe alternative to oil: wind energy. Windmills harness a clean and infinite source of energy, while eliminating deadly drilling disasters and creating three times as many jobs as traditional fuel industries. Offshore wind development is not only a smart idea for our wallets, but for the future of our world. Congress is just getting back from summer recess and we want offshore wind development to be the first thing on their minds. Tell your Senators that you want to replace dirty drills with clean windmills.
Stop Proposals in Congress to Drill in U.S. Waters
On April 20, 2011, a full year will have passed since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people and leading to the biggest accidental oil spill in history. Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, spewing 200 million gallons of oil into the sensitive ocean ecosystem. In the year since that tragic day, Congress has not passed any legislation to reform offshore drilling policy, or to protect our oceans and coasts in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In fact, some members of Congress are working to expand offshore drilling, even as oil continues to wash up on Gulf beaches. Wherever there is drilling, oil spills are inevitable. But right now, some members of Congress, including Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), are introducing legislation that would open up vast areas of the ocean to dangerous offshore drilling – and put thousands of marine animals at risk, from threatened sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, walruses in the Arctic and harbor seals in the Pacific. Don’t allow another oil spill disaster to happen on our watch. Urge Congress to say NO to reckless legislation that would allow more offshore drilling.
Put An End to Brutal Shark Finning
Each year, millions of sharks are brutally maimed and killed, just for their fins. Sharks are vitally important to our waters, helping balance marine ecosystems in their role as apex predators. The Shark Conservation Act would end shark finning in U.S. waters and make us world leaders in shark conservation. There are only a few months left in this Congressional session. Tell your Senators TODAY that you demand shark protections and the passage of the Shark Conservation Act.
Tell President Obama: Stop Offshore Drilling and Demand a Clean Energy Future
The Deepwater Horizon disaster left a devastating legacy in the Gulf of Mexico. This latest explosion and fire on an offshore rig near Vermilion Bay, LA, is further evidence that offshore drilling rigs are dangerous for humans and marine ecosystems.This underscores the need for the U.S. to maintain its moratorium on all new offshore oil and gas drilling. It's another reminder that drilling accidents happen all too frequently. We cannot afford to lose any more human lives, nor can we tolerate further damage to the gulf and its irreplaceable ocean ecosystems.The Gulf Coast economy is suffering, and endangered sea turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals continue to turn up dead on beaches.The only way to prevent these disasters from happening again is by ending all offshore drilling. A clean energy future is possible, but we need your help.Offshore drilling will NEVER be safe. Sign the petition to end offshore drilling now.
Don’t Let the Senate Sneak Offshore Drilling into the Climate Change Bill
News reports are saying that the Senate is considering opening previously protected areas to offshore oil drilling as part of a “trade” to get a climate change bill passed. Offshore drilling is not only counterproductive to the goal of stopping global warming, it poses serious threats to our oceans and coasts. Even the most advanced drilling technologies aren’t safe enough to prevent major oil spills. Just this year in Australia a two year-old offshore oil rig started leaking oil at an estimated rate of 400 - 2,000 barrels per day for 74 days and caused the country’s third largest oil spill. This is not a scene we want to repeat on America’s coasts. Energy and climate legislation should decrease pollution in our air, and should not pollute our oceans in the process. So as the Senate pieces together its climate legislation, we ocean supporters need to raise our voices to ensure that new expanded offshore drilling is not part of the package. Tell your Senators that our oceans must not be compromised, especially not in a bill intended to address the climate change problem.