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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Ocean Conservation

Leonardo DiCaprio has been getting plenty of buzz for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street, but he recently proved that these days, he’s investing in much more than his career—he’s also investing in the future of our oceans. Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, just announced a $3…

Bloomberg Sees the Upside of Oceans

By Brett Jenks, CEO of Rare I’ve been waiting so long to say this, I can hardly contain myself: Michael Bloomberg, in his first big philanthropic act since stepping down as mayor of New York City, just announced a five-year, $53M investment called the Vibrant Oceans Initiative. This is good news for the ocean and…

New Oceana Study Finds 33% of Seafood Mislabeled

At Ocean Views, we’ve covered the specter of mis-identified seafood several times. Today, the conservation group Oceana released a new report that brings the issue into even more focus. Oceana collected fish samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states and used DNA testing to compare those products against U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seafood labeling…

Salas y Gómez: The Need for Protection

The Salas y Gómez expedition team awoke this morning to find a commercial fishing boat with lines in the water in sight of the Chilean Navy’s patrol ship–no more than a mile or two from the island and well within the marine park’s no-take zone. Chilean sailors boarded the boat and found illegally caught yellowfin…

A Rapa Nui Welcome

Alex Muñoz Wilson, Executive Director of Oceana in Chile, discusses the encouraging meetings he and National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala have had with Rapa Nui officials at the outset of the expedition, as well as the extraordinary work they’re doing with the Chilean Navy. Chilean Navy vessel Comandante Toro By Alex Muñoz Wilson Yesterday we…

Expedition Near Easter Island, Chile

National Geographic and Oceana scientists, in collaboration with the Chilean Navy, are traveling to their next expedition location–the remote Salas y Gómez Island, some 200 miles (about 323 km) east of Easter Island, Chile, where they will discover what lies beneath these largely unexplored waters. Their backs to the sea, enormous figures called moai carved…

Chile Creates Large Marine Reserve at Sala y Gómez Island

Today, the Chilean government announced the creation of a large marine reserve around tiny and remote Sala y Gómez island in the Pacific ocean. The Waitt Foundation, Oceana, and National Geographic mounted a March 2010 expedition to document marine diversity in waters surrounding the island. The government’s move represents a more than 100-fold increase in…