Seafood Lovers, Fishermen, and All of Us Can Help Save Our Endangered Oceans

Check out these exclusive excerpts and awesome photographs from Ted Danson's new book Oceana.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Large-scale disasters like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and last year's BP oil rig explosion, remind us of the ocean's power and vulnerability. But the truth is, the world's oceans have been in crisis for decades. As one example, consider that 90% of the world's big fish that existed in the 1950s—including the ones we like to eat—are gone. And there's a real possibility that the rest of them could be fished out within the next 50 years.

In the new book Oceana, actor and environmental activist Ted Danson explains the threats our oceans face, and the ways we can all help turn the tide. We're all affected by what happens in, and to, our planet's oceans. So sample some gorgeous oceanic imagery from the pages of Oceana, check out our interview with Ted, a seafood shopping guide, and more.

Learn more about protecting the oceans at

"Studies done on undamaged deepwater seamounts have found among the coldwater corals and sponges and their associated ecosystems possible sources of medical treatments for diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s..."
"Unaided by scuba tanks, he has broken several world records for depth and length of time underwater..."
"The greater the depth, the more otherworldly the life-forms become..."
"Everything is connected."
"Yet another shock was the 2003 release of study results from a highly respected marine conservationist..."
"As destructive as the search for and use of fossil fuels is to the oceans, public enemy number one when it comes to the destruction of life in the high seas is, far and away, overfishing..."
"25% of all marine life depends on coral reefs..."

Published on: April 4, 2011
Updated on: June 8, 2011

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