The Beacon

Oceana’s blog about the latest ocean news, policy and science.

Offshore Wind in the Atlantic Would Provide Twice the Number of Jobs, Energy as Offshore Drilling

Oceana released a report on the number of jobs from offshore wind

The southeast corner of the Elsams Offshore Wind Farm at Horns Rev in the North Sea. An Oceana report found that offshore wind would provide twice the number of jobs and energy as offshore drilling in the Atlantic. (Photo: ©MEDVIND/Bent Sørensen/DONG Energy  A/S)

On Wednesday, Oceana released a report that found offshore wind energy in the Atlantic would produce twice the number of jobs and twice the amount of energy as those promised by the oil and gas industry. The report, “Offshore Energy by the Numbers, the Economic Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Wind Energy in the Atlantic," sought to not only provide an accurate comparison of oil and gas to wind energy, but also to outline the implications of each option on a state-by-state basis.


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Oceana Discovers New Glass Sponge Species in the Mediterranean

Oceana discovered a new species of glass sponge

A specimen of Sympagella delauzei in the Chella and Cabliers banks, Alboran Sea. (Photo: © OCEANA)

Oceana, alongside an international team of scientists, discovered a new species of glass sponge in the western Mediterranean. Sympagella delauzei measures about three to five inches long, and as found as depths of about 1,100 to 1,600 feet. Because Mediterranean waters are generally not favorable to glass sponges, which prefer colder waters, the discovery came as a surprise to the scientists.


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CEO Note: Recent New York Times Articles Highlight Dangers of Arctic Oil and Gas Exploration

Joe Nocera wrote about the dangers of Arctic drilling in the New York Times

Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig is towed from Kiliuda Bay after running aground in December 2012. (Photo: U.S. Pacific Command / Flickr Creative Commons)

Joe Nocera’s piece in The New York Times today, “The Moral of the Kulluk,” should be read by anyone seeking a fair and insightful consideration of the merits of drilling for oil in the American Arctic Ocean.  Nocera wrote this article in response to McKenzie Funk’s New York Times Magazine article (January 4, 2014), “The Wreck of the Kulluk”—a Continue reading...

Twenty-Five East Coast Towns Stand-Up to Seismic Airgun Blasting

25 East Coast towns passed resolutions against seismic

A critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and a pod of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Florida. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons)

For those following Oceana’s campaign to protect the East Coast from seismic blasting, we have exciting news to share: 25 towns along the East Coast have now passed resolutions opposing or expressing concern with seismic airgun use! Earlier this month, New Smyrna Beach, Florida—located along the coastal central-east region of the state—passed a resolution, bringing the total number to 25.


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Act: Help Protect Cod and Other Fish off New England from Destructive Fishing

NEFMC could roll back fishery conservation efforts in New England

A cod trawler is emptied on deck. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Allen M. Shimada, NMFS / Flickr Creative Commons)

New England’s rugged coastline is dotted with some of America’s most historic fishing towns, where fishermen have set out for centuries in search of cod, haddock, Atlantic halibut, and more.


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Ocean Roundup: Florida Manatees See Better Year in 2014, Links between Fish Fins and Human Hands Discovered, and More

Florida manatees had a strong year in 2014

A Florida manatee. Manatee’s had a better year in 2014 than they did in previous years. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are typically found in the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. East Coast, but one of these endangered sea turtles recently stranded 5,000 miles from its home off the UK. Scientists say this turtle was likely cold-stunned with a drop in water temperature, and was carried across the Atlantic via the Gulf Stream. The Telegraph


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Photos: Reflecting on Oceana’s Work to Protect the Oceans and Restore Ocean Abundance in 2015

Oceana created positive change for the oceans in 2015

A diver in a volcanic arch, pictured off Roques de la Hoya, El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain during the 2014 Ranger Expedition to the Atlantic Seamounts. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Flickr)

From President Obama designating the world’s largest marine reserve to establishing the first-ever Task Force on tackling seafood fraud, 2014 was a big year for our oceans. Oceana was there every step of the way, advocating for clean energy, traceability in the seafood supply chain, sustainable fisheries, and more.


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CEO Note: Presidential Task Force Releases Recommendations for Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

President Obama's Seafood Fraud Task Force released recommendations

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Earlier this summer, I wrote to you when President Obama established a Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud. President Obama established the task force in June at the global Our Ocean conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. There, he directed federal agencies to work together for six months to develop recommendations to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing.


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Good News for the Arctic: Chevron Scraps Plans for Offshore Oil Exploration

Chevron withdrew plans for drilling in the Beaufort Sea

A polar bear in the Arctic. (Photo: Outward_bound / Oceana)

Earlier this month, Chevron announced it was withdrawing plans for offshore oil exploration in the Canadian Arctic’s Beaufort Sea in a letter to Canada's National Energy Board. The oil corporation cited "economic uncertainty in the industry,” as a reason for their decision, according to Reuters. 


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Ocean Roundup: Staghorn Coral “Forests” Discovered off Florida, Peru’s Anchovy Fishery Closed Again, and More

Forests of staghorn coral were discovered off Florida

Staghorn coral. This coral has declined in recent years, but scientists recently found a large area of it off Florida. (Photo: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists have discovered “forests” of staghorn coral off of Southern Florida—a rare discovery since these corals are experiencing large declines. Staghorn coral has declined from coral reef bleaching and white-band disease in recent years. Sun Sentinel


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