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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.

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.

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.

On Tuesday night, decisions on fishing quotas in the North East Atlantic for 2015 were set by the EU ministers in Brussels. The conservation organizations, however, strongly denounce the results of which 56 per cent were not in adherence to scientific advice. And so, in the case of North Atlantic cod, the ministers decided to actually increase catches by 5 per cent, whereas scientific organizations recommended a 20 per cent reduction.