Oceana, an international ocean advocacy group, has opened a new regional office in Santa Monica.

The organization came into being after a merger between American Oceans Campaign, founded by actor Ted Danson, and the Ocean Law Project.

The Oceana office at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 312 will be headed by Dana DuBose, who led the organization’s Stop Cruise Pollution Campaign.

DuBose has ten years of experience in the environmental and public policy area and has been in the Oceana office in Washington, D.C. since 2001.

Earlier, she was legislative director for California Congressman George Brown and deputy director of the Heritage Forests Campaign.

DuBose said the Santa Monica office will focus on marine and coastal issues important to California as part of the organization’s overall domestic and international agenda.

Oceana is currently advocating for three bills in the State Legislature.

One bill that would restrict bottom trawling and the others would limit the amount of sewage and wastewater that could legally be dumped by cruise ships off the California coast.

Information, (310) 899-3026.