Oceana: Protecting the World’s Oceans (Narrated by Ted Danson)

Oceana: Protecting the World’s Oceans (Narrated by Ted Danson)

Ted Danson>>Our solar system: nine planets
floating around a star we call the sun. And in all of the known universe, we know of only
one planet that can sustain life: Earth, the water planet. Without water, our planet would
be lifeless, barren, and desolate. Oceans cover 71% of the globe. They impact
our climate, generate oxygen, are the primary source of protein for a billion people, and
they impact economies all over the world. Today, our oceans are on the verge of irreversible
collapse. 90% of the big fish — tuna, swordfish, and sharks — are gone. Huge swaths of 1,000-year-old coral and other
irreplaceable ocean habitat that sea life depend on are being dragged, bulldozed, and
destroyed by multi-ton bottom trawlers in a desparate, high-tech search for more fish
in the depths of the ocean. And local fishermen, whose catch fed their
families for generations, are being driven out of business because there aren’t enough
fish left to catch. Too many fish are being taken out of the oceans, and those that remain
are being poisoned by mercury and other dangerous toxins. PCBs from industrial and municipal
waste accumulate in small fish and move up the food chain to larger fish and right into
our seafood. Dolphins have been shown to be so full of toxins that they would be labeled
hazardous waste under government regulations. The US Food and Drug Administration now warns
women of child-bearing age and children to eat no more than 6 ounces of tuna fish a week,
and to eat no swordfish whatsoever, because doing so can cause mercury poisoning and neurological
damage. The good news is that it is not too late.
We can solve these problems. We can save our oceans. Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest
international ocean protection group in the world, and is headquartered in Washington
DC with offices in New England, Alaska, Oregon, California, Chile, Spain, and Brussels. We
have more than 300,000 supporters and members in over 150 countries. Our worldwide teams
of scientists and economists study and report on the conditions of everything from fish
populations to mercury levels, from fish markets to what’s safe for your child’s lunchbox.
This scientific information enables us to work with governments, corporations, and fishermen
around the world to create and enforce laws and policies that will help restore the oceans’
health. Oceana goes where the oceans need us: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from
the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, from the Arctic to Antarctica. And the good news is:
Oceana’s campaign method of ocean conservation is working. In just a few years, we’ve begun
to turn back the tide of ocean destruction. Oceana’s work with the European Union created
a new law that mandates serious jailtime and substantial fines for the financiers, owners,
and operators of boats that illegally dump oil. This new law could prevent as much as
20 million tons of oil from getting into the ocean every year — the single biggest reduction
in oil pollution in decades anywhere in the world. In Alaska, we developed the Oceana approach,
which became the basis for new federal regulations that now protect almost 300,000 square miles
from bottom trawling, industrial fishing’s version of strip mining. In California, federal officials also adopted
the Oceana approach to protect another 250,000 square miles of ocean habitat from destructive
trawling. This area, together with the area protected in Alaska, represents the largest
amount of ocean ever protected: 550,000 square miles, an area larger than all the national
parks and forests in the United States combined. A stunning victory that more than doubles
the amount of ocean protected in the United States. In Miami, after a year of campaigning by Oceana,
the second-largest cruiseline in the world, Royal Caribbean, agreed to install advanced
wastewater treatment on all its ships at an estimated cost of 100 million dollars. This
means that 29 enormous floating cities will no longer inadequately treated sewage from
toilets, showers, and laundry into the oceans. We also work to get the federal government
to require fishermen to put escape devices on their nets, so they don’t accidentally
catch and kill sea turtles. This could save 60,000 endangered sea turtles every year.
And as a result of intense pressure from Oceana and other groups, one of the largest mercury
polluters in the country agreed to switch over to mercury-free technology. In Chile, Oceana is building a new environmental
movement for the oceans from the ground up, and has been instrumental in getting the Chilean
congress to ammend its fishing laws to include conservation measures. Oceana is beginning to turn the tide, but
we need your help to truly win this fight and to bring our oceans back. If we fail to
act now, there will not be a second chance. But we can do this. We can restore the oceans.
Our lives and the lives of generations to come depend on it. The earth needs the oceans,
and the oceans need Oceana. Hi, I’m Ted Danson. I’ve been working on ocean
issues for over 17 years, and I’m proud to be sitting on the board of Oceana. We’ve inherited
beautiful and abundant oceans — to let this all slip away without a fight would be unthinkable.
But with your help, this is a fight that we can win. Please help support this important
work. Thank you.

10 thoughts on “Oceana: Protecting the World’s Oceans (Narrated by Ted Danson)

  1. What are you doing about what the EEC is doing to the worlds fish stocks. Why not pull them up for their propaganda on EUtube? They claim to represent biodiversity while pushing large fish to the brink of survival.

  2. The ocean is being grossly over fished, it is time to rely more on farm raised fish to fill our needs. Tuna could be listed as endangered by 2020 at the current rate of fishing.

  3. Jun 21, 2011: "Life in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst extinction in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing, a study showed. "We now face losing many species and marine ecosystems within a single generation," according to the study by 27 experts. The study said that over-fishing is the easiest to reverse. "Unlike climate change, it can be directly, immediately and effectively tackled by policy change," news.yahoo. com/s/nm/20110621/sc_nm/us_oceans

  4. Well now all the retards who voted for Trump who is currently dismantling EPA regulations could give two shits about the environment

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