Secured trade restrictions for endangered sharks

Oceans 5 supported a coalition of seven organizations who secured protection for 5 species of sharks from the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The porbeagle, oceanic whitetip, smooth hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead and great hammerhead sharks are now listed as Appendix II species.

Secured Presidential directive on illegal fishing and seafood traceability in the United States

Oceans 5 supported a coalition of four organizations to stimulate new action in the United States – the world’s largest seafood importer. President Obama issued a memorandum in June 2014 to agency heads articulating new policies to strengthen seafood traceability and combat illegal fishing.

Secured expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument (PRINM)

Oceans 5 suported a coalition to secure the expansion of PRINM to roughly 1.2 million square kilometers (490,000 square miles) around seven islands, including Jarvis, Johnston, Wake, Howland, Baker, Palmyra and Kingman.

Secured the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati

Oceans 5, together with its partner the Waitt Foundation, supported the PIPA Trust and the Government of Kiribati to operationalize the PIPA, a fully closed protected area that encompasses 400,000 square kilometers (154,000 square miles) of Kiribati’s EEZ, an area almost the size of California.

Advanced International Efforts to Protect Antarctica

Oceans 5 supported the Antarctic Ocean Alliance and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition in their campaign to secure several large new marine reserves in the waters around Antarctica.  While a final decision has not been made, The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, alongside coalition members WWFGreenpeaceThe Last Ocean, and Pew Charitable Trusts, conducted research, published reports, engaged the media and advocated conservation objectives, building vast support amongst a number of member governments.