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Last summer, I had a counterintuitive ocean moment. At the invitation of Hansjörg Wyss, I flew to Denver, connected to Idaho Falls, rented a four wheel drive pickup truck, and drove three hours north and east, deep into wide open Montana big sky country. My goal? To discuss with the Wyss foundation how saving the oceans helps protect terrestrial biodiversity.

What do top business leaders and professional golfers have in common? A lot, it turns out. Author and Oceana supporter Elisa Gaudet explores this interesting connection in great detail in in her latest book, “Two Good Rounds TITANS: Leaders in Industry & Golf.” Through interviews and photographs with PGA/ LPGA TOUR Pro golfers and 33 of the world’s top CEOs, Gaudet uncovers how they are connected: through passion, competition and persistence.

Forage fish — small, schooling fish like herring and smelt — form the base of complex and vibrant ocean food webs around the world, acting as main prey sources for a variety of marine animals like whales, dolphins, sea birds and large fish, as well as a food source for people.  Last month, in a landmark decision for U.S. fisheries management, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously to protect seven groups of forage fish off Washington, Oregon and California.

You probably have a vivid memory of this tragic period five years ago: photos of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, followed by aerial views of oil lining the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. An estimated 200 million gallons of oil gushed before responders capped the oil well 87 days later, and the 2010 BP oil disaster quickly became one of the largest environmental tragedies in U.S. history. As we reflect on this fateful day, the U.S. now stands at a pivotal point in our oil history. President Obama recently proposed opening the U.S.

The Danish Minister of Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl, and the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dan Jørgensen, have submitted a joint proposal to establish six new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Kattegat in order to protect its soft-bottom habitats. Soft-bottom represents around one-quarter of the Danish part of the Kattegat but currently remain completely unprotected. Soft-bottoms are not covered by the European Nature Directives and are therefore particularly susceptible to human threats.

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