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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.

The tragedy that occurred five years ago today is not a distant memory for many: an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Over 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before responders were able to cap the sunken oil rig 87 days later.

Oceana spoke with Hansjörg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation, for the past issue of Oceana magazine. In this Q&A, Hansjörg discusses why the Wyss Foundation is interested in supporting ocean conversation and environmental work, among several other topics. Click here to see the Q&A originally published in Oceana magazine.

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On April 14th, Oceana, together with representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and other stakeholders, participated in a roundtable discussion on the Blue Economy. The meeting revealed the potential provided by the blue economy as well as the future threats it may bring to marine environments. Marine pollution (esp.