Prince Albert II of Monaco to take part in Bal d’Oceana gala

The event is to take place in Monte Carlo on June 25th and is aimed at supporting Oceana’s campaigns to preserve the oceans

Press Release Date: June 24, 2010

Location: Madrid


Marta Madina | email: | tel.: Marta Madina

Oceana board member Ted Danson and Maureen Case, president of La Mer, are to attend the gala.

Today, Boat International Media (BIM) and marine conservation organization Oceana announced that its inaugural Bal d’Oceana gala on June 25th will take place under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness (H.S.H) Prince Albert II.

“It is a great honor to have the patronage of the sovereign of Monaco for our gala”, said Executive Vice President of Oceana Jim Simon. ”H.S.H. Prince Albert II is someone who -like Oceana – is deeply committed to tackling the urgent problems facing our oceans”.

Ticket holders of Bal d’Oceana will enjoy a dinner, a short presentation and dancing to live music. They will have the opportunity to celebrate the oceans and support the work of Oceana with longtime ocean advocate and Oceana board member Ted Danson. The event will also honor Maureen Case, President of La Mer. A dedicated ocean advocate, Case established La Mer’s unique partnership with Oceana, now in its fifth year.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the sovereign of the Principality of Monaco, is an accomplished ocean conservationist. For example, under his leadership, Monaco proposed a ban in 2009 on the trade of bluefin tuna in order to stem the rapid decline in the Atlantic bluefin tuna population. Oceana actively supported Monaco’s proposal, which, although not ultimately adopted, has educated people and national leaders about the need to protect bluefin tuna. In March 2010 H.S.H. the Prince convened an international meeting of conservation leaders, including Oceana, to reflect and agree on how to work together to protect ocean life. In ways such as these, he follows the legacy of his great great grandfather H.S.H. Prince Albert I, an early devotee of the then relatively new science of oceanography and inventor of numerous techniques and instruments for measurement and oceanographic exploration.

Proceeds from Bal d’Oceana will support Oceana’s campaigns to conserve the ocean. Recent campaign accomplishments include protecting 1.2 million square miles of ocean habitat in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean from destructive bottom trawling; stopping illegal driftnet fishing by more than 150 boats in the French and Italian commercial fishing fleets; persuading the European Union to enforce international rules against oil spills from ships; stopping mercury pollution from important polluting facilities in the U.S.; closing the U.S. Arctic ocean to commercial fishing unless and until it can be proven sustainable; and obtaining limits on the prophylactic abuse of antibiotics in fish farms in Chile.

Oceana invites residents and visitors of Monaco to join its celebration. Visit for full details.