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Last year, I announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Ocean Initiative paved the way for Oceana to rebuild ocean abundance in the Philippines, Brazil and Chile. Now, I am pleased to report that Oceana is making progress in the Philippines on restoring the nation’s fisheries and supporting Oceana’s initiative to save the oceans and feed the world.

Recent national news stories have shown emaciated California sea lion pups being rescued and admitted to marine mammal rehabilitation centers. The sight of hundreds of withered sea lions is reminiscent of the all-too-recent California sea lion "unusual mortality event" in 2013 followed by a significant number of stranded and dead sea lions last year.