$10 Million Grant For Ocean Conservation Honored At Annual Oceana Gala

Hosted by Hansjörg Wyss, Michael R. Bloomberg, Sam Waterston, Katherine Waterston, and Susan and David Rockefeller, with a musical performance by Kate Davis.

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By Chelsea Kate Isaacs
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To honor a generous grant that will contribute to improving our oceans, Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, hosted its annual New York City Gala on April 1 in The Pool Room of The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York.  

Peru has historically been the world’s largest fishing nation by weight of landed catch. Canada has the potential to provide 50 percent more fish on a sustainable basis than it currently catches.  With the addition of Peruvian and Canadian offices, Oceana will now be campaigning in countries that control close to 40 percent of the wild fish caught in our oceans.

Guests applauded The Wyss Foundation‘s $10 million grant to protect and restore our oceans, thanks to Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist and land conservationist.

Wyss’ grant will, over the next five years, benefit Oceana’s campaign to “Save the Oceans: Feed the World,”  and support Oceana’s work with scientists and policy experts who are restoring fisheries and the ocean’s productivity. Overall, the funds will contribute to the improvement of fishing and the the health of our oceans, specifically in the key countries of Peru and Canada.

Oceana’s 2015 gala officially kicked off at around 6:30 p.m., as The Four Seasons Restaurant (99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022) began to fill with famous faces and philanthropists. Attendees (Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Hansjworg Wyss, and Susan and David Rockefeller among others who came to show their support) filed into the VIP cocktail reception area, located on the upper floor of the restaurant.

The upscale, sea-themed gala was hosted by Hansjörg Wyss, three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sam Waterston, Katherine Waterston, and Susan and David Rockefeller, with a musical performance by Kate Davis. 

To meet hunger needs, the planet must produce 70 percent more food by 2050. – United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. 

 In the last year, The Wyss Foundation contributed a $53M grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies that will support Oceana’s partnership with Rare and Encourage Capital Management to solve over-fishing in three pilot geographies: Brazil, the Philippines and Chile.


Did you know?

How important is saving our oceans? Very. In fact, over one billion people depend on the oceans for survival. Read on to learn more.

  • Irresponsible fishing has reduced many wild fish populations to historically low levels right at the moment when the world needs its oceans more than ever, studies show.
  • Peru has historically been the world’s largest fishing nation by weight of landed catch. Canada has the potential to provide 50 percent more fish on a sustainable basis than it currently catches.  With the addition of Peruvian and Canadian offices, Oceana will now be campaigning in countries that control close to 40 percent of the wild fish caught in our oceans.
  • Improvement is possible by implementing better management measures which can potentially increase the global fish catch by up to 40 percent from current levels, thereby rebuilding ocean biodiversity and abundance.

    By saving the oceans, we can also feed the world. Restoring ocean health means we can also feed nearly a billion people a healthy seafood meal each day. – Oceana

  • The oceans are a shared resource, covering 71 percent of the planet. They play a central role in the world’s natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide.
  • Over a billion people, including some of the poorest in the world, depend on the oceans and wild seafood for survival.
  • 68 percent of the world’s wild seafood is caught in just 10 countries. 90 percent is caught in just 25 countries. Focusing on these places will reap the greatest benefit.

– According to Oceana


More About Oceana’s Work:

By implementing better management measures we can potentially increase the global fish catch by up to 40 percent from current levels, thereby rebuilding ocean biodiversity and abundance. By saving the oceans, we can also feed the world: restoring ocean health means we can also feed nearly a billion people a healthy seafood meal each day. To learn more, please visit www.oceanabeachhouse.org,  www.oceanaeventnyc.org, and www.oceanaeventnyc.org.