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SeaWeb President Dawn Martin on Our Ocean 2014

June 20, 2014—SeaWeb President Dawn Martin shares her perspective on the state of the ocean after participating in the US Department of State's "Our Ocean 2014" conference on June 16–17, 2014, hosted by John Kerry.

There is a huge change afoot for the ocean. The tide is turning—and for once, this overused pun is truly appropriate for the action that we are now seeing on ocean issues across the globe.  

In 1990, when I began working on ocean conservation, less than one-half of one percent of the resources spent on the environment in the US were aimed at the ocean. Today, we are witnessing an explosion of positive activity and focus on the ocean.

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Nominations Open for Seafood Champion Awards

Brussels, Belgium (May 6, 2014) – SeaWeb announced today that nominations are open for the 2015 Seafood Champion Awards.

The announcement was made to more than 25,000 seafood professionals gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the Seafood Expo Global, the world's largest seafood trade event, produced by Diversified Communications.

First presented in 2006, the Seafood Champion Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. SeaWeb established the award to honor those in the seafood industry whose past and/or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to innovation that leads to change.

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SeaWeb Seafood Summit Request For Proposals Out

Silver Spring, Maryland (May 2, 2014) SeaWeb and Diversified Communications announced today that they are accepting proposals to present at the 11th SeaWeb Seafood Summit, Feb. 9 - 11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

NGOs, government agencies, scientists, members of academic institutions, media, finance executives and seafood industry professionals (retailers, foodservice professionals, buyers and distributors) are encouraged to submit conference program proposals.

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Fish swim by an afflicted coral

The coral pictured here suffers from white-band disease. First identified in 1977 when it struck a reef in the Caribbean, this lethal coral disease primarily targets Elkhorn and Staghorn species.

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European Union Moves to Close Shark Finning Loopholes

The European Parliament voted to close loopholes which had permitted some forms of shark finning to occur. The EU had previously banned shark finning but special permits allowed some finning to continue. Parliament’s vote, with almost 90% in favor, closes loopholes in the existing law and ends special permits. The details of implementation will now be considered by EU ministers.

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