Adopt an aquatic creature from Oceana : "We envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life..."

"We envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life. Where enormous schools of anchovies, sardines and other fish are common sights. Where marlins, sharks and tuna roam the seas in large numbers; where coral gardens, sea-grass meadows and other ocean landscapes thrive and sustain its life; where dolphins, whales and sea turtles flourish; where local fishing cultures and economies blossom rather than decline; and where seafood is a healthy and plentiful source of food for hundreds of millions of people."

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From their website:

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide. They provide livelihoods to countless fishermen and others around the world. They also feed hundreds of millions of people and have the capacity to provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day. Unfortunately, the oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management — which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana is dedicated to advocating for science-based fishery management and restoring the world's oceans.

Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean.

 

Adopt an aquatic creature to support the cause!  Here are just a few of the options available on their website :

Sea turtles are in jeopardy. Each of the six sea turtle species found in United States waters is listed as either endangered or threatened and they may go extinct in the foreseeable future. Fishing gear in US waters kill thousands of sea turtles and injure even more each year. Other threats include ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris, pollution, coastal development, poaching, vessel strikes, climate change and predation by invasive species.   How Your Adoption Helps Save Sea Turtles:   Oceana's campaign to save sea turtles is dedicated to the protection and restoration of sea turtle populations in the world's oceans. Your donation will support our campaign to reduce sea turtle bycatch in fisheries and protect sea turtle habitat. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Sea turtles are in jeopardy. Each of the six sea turtle species found in United States waters is listed as either endangered or threatened and they may go extinct in the foreseeable future. Fishing gear in US waters kill thousands of sea turtles and injure even more each year. Other threats include ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris, pollution, coastal development, poaching, vessel strikes, climate change and predation by invasive species.

How Your Adoption Helps Save Sea Turtles: Oceana's campaign to save sea turtles is dedicated to the protection and restoration of sea turtle populations in the world's oceans. Your donation will support our campaign to reduce sea turtle bycatch in fisheries and protect sea turtle habitat. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

The smallest, and one of the most common seals in the far north, a ringed seal pup weighs no more than 10 pounds at birth. Raised in an ice den, their white furry coats help them camouflage in the Arctic’s icy landscape. Adult ringed seals feed mainly on fish and shrimp, and stay close to the ice for their entire lives.   How Your Adoption Helps Protect Ringed Seals:  Ringed seals are susceptible to the effects of ocean pollution and are influenced by the changing shape of the ice flows of the Arctic coast, some that are melting due to global warming. Oceana works to combat climate change and promote clean energy. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

The smallest, and one of the most common seals in the far north, a ringed seal pup weighs no more than 10 pounds at birth. Raised in an ice den, their white furry coats help them camouflage in the Arctic’s icy landscape. Adult ringed seals feed mainly on fish and shrimp, and stay close to the ice for their entire lives.

How Your Adoption Helps Protect Ringed Seals: Ringed seals are susceptible to the effects of ocean pollution and are influenced by the changing shape of the ice flows of the Arctic coast, some that are melting due to global warming. Oceana works to combat climate change and promote clean energy. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Dolphins continue to face threats to their survival. Dolphins are susceptible to toxins and pollution, so oil spills are especially dangerous to their health. Dangerous fishing practices can entangle dolphin in fishing gear.   How Your Adoption Helps Save Dolphins:  Oceana works to protect marine mammals such as dolphins from being caught as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Your donation will also help support our work on Capitol Hill to promote clean energy and protect our coasts from oil pollution. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Dolphins continue to face threats to their survival. Dolphins are susceptible to toxins and pollution, so oil spills are especially dangerous to their health. Dangerous fishing practices can entangle dolphin in fishing gear.

How Your Adoption Helps Save Dolphins: Oceana works to protect marine mammals such as dolphins from being caught as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Your donation will also help support our work on Capitol Hill to promote clean energy and protect our coasts from oil pollution. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Icon of the Arctic, the polar bear is the largest mammalian carnivore and has amazing resilience and power. For centuries, the polar bear has been hunted by native peoples of the Arctic, without numbers declining. However, thinning of the Arctic’s sea-ice by global warming could seriously reduce its access to food.   How Your Adoption Helps Protect Polar Bears:  To best protect polar bears and other wildlife, Oceana is focused on addressing all of the threats affecting Arctic wildlife. Your donation goes to support our campaigns to fight climate change, industrial fishing, ocean pollution, and oil and gas exploration and development. All gifts go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Icon of the Arctic, the polar bear is the largest mammalian carnivore and has amazing resilience and power. For centuries, the polar bear has been hunted by native peoples of the Arctic, without numbers declining. However, thinning of the Arctic’s sea-ice by global warming could seriously reduce its access to food.

How Your Adoption Helps Protect Polar Bears: To best protect polar bears and other wildlife, Oceana is focused on addressing all of the threats affecting Arctic wildlife. Your donation goes to support our campaigns to fight climate change, industrial fishing, ocean pollution, and oil and gas exploration and development. All gifts go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks are vulnerable to overexploitation. They grow slowly, mature late and give birth to few young. These top predators are now in grave trouble.  Sharks are caught for their jaws, teeth and fins, which are in high demand worldwide. Of the 307 shark species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 50 are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.   How Your Adoption Saves Sharks:   Oceana is working internationally to protect and restore shark populations. Your donation will help us push for true shark finning bans, species-specific shark management and reduced deaths through bycatch. The loss of sharks will have devastating and unpredictable consequences for ocean ecosystems. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks are vulnerable to overexploitation. They grow slowly, mature late and give birth to few young. These top predators are now in grave trouble.

Sharks are caught for their jaws, teeth and fins, which are in high demand worldwide. Of the 307 shark species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 50 are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.

How Your Adoption Saves Sharks: Oceana is working internationally to protect and restore shark populations. Your donation will help us push for true shark finning bans, species-specific shark management and reduced deaths through bycatch. The loss of sharks will have devastating and unpredictable consequences for ocean ecosystems. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.