Our team of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope, Oceana has campaigners based in North America (Washington, DC; Juneau and Anchorage, AK; Portland, OR; Monterey, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; Boston, MA; New York City, NY), Europe (Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium) and South America (Santiago, Chile).More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. Oceaa's major campaigns and projects include dirty fishing, destructive trawling, sharks, seafood contamination, sea turtles, fishing subsidies, and global warming.
Mercury in Water, Seafood and Children
The Missing Mercury in Manufacturing Monitoring and Mitigation Act, HR 5580 would require chlorine companies to switch to mercury-free technology by 2012. When released to the environment, mercury ends up in our oceans, contaminating seafood. Humans and other creatures exposed to high levels of mercury in fish can experience health effects, such as delayed neurological development in children.
CALL CONGRESS : Co-Sponsor HR 5580 to Ban Mercury at the Foul Four Chlorine Plants! Find your representative here and senator here and then grab the calling instructions here.
Trash Twice the Size of Texas
Right now, a mass of trash twice the size of Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean. It has accumulated in an area known as the "North Pacific gyre" and it includes everything from tires to fishing nets, but the most common ingredient, by far, is plastic.
I pledge not to trash the oceans by:
1. Using a reusable tote or other bag at the grocery store
2. Drinking water out of glass or other non-plastic container
3. Recycling plastics whenever possible
4. Never littering and always disposing of trash properly
5. Encouraging my friends and family to reduce their plastics consumption
Sign pledge not to trash the oceans
Moratorium on Offshore Drilling
I just took action to protect the moratorium on offshore drilling – will you?
Since 1981 the U.S. has held a moratorium on oil and gas development in parts of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), thereby protecting ecosystems and wildlife from the industrialization of our oceans. Congress is voting on a measure that would lift the moratorium, unnecessarily opening up new areas of the sea for drilling.
Tell your representative to keep our coasts protected from the dangers of oil spills that are never cleaned up on a timely basis, if at all.
Support Obama's Missing Mercury in Manufacturing Monitoring and Mitigation Act (S.1818).
Four U.S. chlorine factories are still using outdated technology that produces mercury and contaminates our seafood.
Every year, our government authorizes U.S. commercial fisheries to harm hundreds of thousands of sea turtles. When the fishing industry exceeds its alloted number, the government turns a blind eye.
We're asking the industry trade group of national supermarkets to provide mercury warning signs for grocery stores to post at seafood counters.