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Our Achievements

Since 2003, Oceana has achieved dozens of concrete policy victories for marine life and habitats in Europe. From stopping bottom trawling in sensitive habitat areas to protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear, our victories represent a new hope for the world's oceans.

January, 2005

Doubling funding for fishery observers

Thanks largely to Oceana’s efforts, the U.S. Congress doubled the funding available for fishery observer programs in the 2004 federal budget from approximately $14 million to more than $29 million. This included significant increases for Oceana’s top regional priorities, the New England and west coast groundfish fisheries. Since then, Oceana’s efforts have successfully maintained these funding levels despite significant cuts in many areas of the federal budget.

October, 2004

Stopping bottom trawling in New England’s ocean canyons

After campaigning by Oceana, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to protect deep-sea coral communities in New England and Mid-Atlantic submarine canyons from destructive monkfish bottom trawling gear.

May, 2004

Stopping cruise ship pollution

Eleven months after the launch of Oceana’s Stop Cruise Pollution campaign, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the second largest cruise ship line in the world, agreed to major reform of its waste treatment practices. This spares the oceans from 25,000 gallons of sewage from toilets and 143,000 gallons of sewage from sinks, galleys and showers every day.

February, 2003

Saving 60,000 Sea Turtles

Oceana successfully pressured the U.S. government to require larger TEDs (turtle excluder devices) on shrimp nets in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Ocean, saving an estimated 60,000 sea turtles a year.