Baltic 2011

Blue Growth Could Help Drive the European Economy, but at What Cost to the Oceans?

Shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on blue mussels (Mytilus edulis)

Shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in Knolls Grund, Western Gotland Basin, Sweden. 

Blue Growth is a European strategy to drive the economy in the marine and maritime sector—through practices like deep sea mining, aquaculture, and more—but Oceana in Europe is advocating for the importance of long-term protection for marine ecosystems as a mean to instill sustainable economies and profitable fisheries in the long run. This article originally appeared on Oceana in Europe’s blog.

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Oceana Magazine Spring 2012: News & Notes

1. Oceana welcomed two new board members. Rogier van Vliet, chairman of the Adessium Foundation, and Ricardo Cisneros, chairman of Cisneros Corporation, joined the philanthropists, business people and scientists who make up Oceana’s leadership.


Ted Danson's 'Oceana' Nominated for Books for a Better Life Award

Exciting news from the book world! Ted Danson’s book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What You Can Do to Save Them," has been selected as a finalist for the Books for a Better Life award, presented by the Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society.

"Oceana" is a great read that tells the story of how Ted became an ocean activist, his passion for more than 20 years. The book is also chock full of gorgeous photos, helpful infographics, and Ted’s own description of the state of the oceans, as well as Oceana's work to save them.

The Books for a Better Life award, now in its sixteenth year, raises funds to support services and educational programs for people living with MS. The awards recognize self-improvement authors in ten categories who inspire people to live their best lives. "Oceana" is a finalist in the Green category. You can purchase the book here (also available in Kindle format).

Winners will be announced on March 7, so keep your fingers crossed for Ted and we'll let you know if "Oceana" wins!

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New Videos and More in Oceana’s Fall Digital Mag

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Hey ocean lovers, the fall issue of our digital magazine is now available! There's lots of fun stuff inside as usual; here are some of the gems this time around:

*A gorgeous video from our expedition in the Baltic Sea this summer

*A slideshow of photos from this year’s Hamptons Splash party – and a catchy tune by the Honey Brothers with Oceana ambassador Adrian Grenier

*Victory! Chile ends shark finning (warning: includes some gruesome footage)

*Stunning underwater video from this year’s expedition in the Mediterranean

*The 2011 Ocean Heroes – shark loving youngster Sophi Bromenshenkel and marine mammal rescuer Peter Wallerstein

Check out the full issue to see the videos, photos and stories, and spread the word!

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New Issue of Oceana Magazine: Ocean Heroes and More

The new issue of Oceana magazine is hot off the press! In this issue, you’ll learn about our latest news and victories, and lots more, including:

*Profiles of our 2011 Ocean Heroes, shark-loving Sophi Bromenshenkel and sea lion-rescuing Peter Wallerstein

*A thought-provoking Q&A with environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

*The lowdown on our new campaign to combat Seafood Fraud

*A report on this summer’s expedition in the icy Baltic Sea

*Photos from our recent events: Hamptons Splash, Christie’s Green Auction and World Oceans Day

Check it out and pass it on!

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Ted Danson's "Oceana" Now Available on Kindle

Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do To Save Them

I hope you've already picked up your copy of Ted Danson's book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What You Can Do To Save Them."

But if you haven't, great news: It's now available on your Kindle.

This book represents the culmination of Ted's 25+ years of ocean activism, and we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. The Friday Infographics we've been running are all included in the book, as well as a ton of incredible photos alongside Ted's own description of the state of the world's oceans. And, of course, there's a strong focus on the positive aspects of conservation and what we all can do to save our oceans, seafood and marine wildlife for future generations.

Check it out today!

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End of Baltic Sea Expedition

Author: Christina Abel
Date: June 4, 2011

So, it must come to an end. Saturday the Baltic Sea Expedition finished. We arrived to Stralsund in Germany, where Hanse Explorer was going to be transformed back to its normal look. This job toke days, as everything had to be packed properly and send back to Spain, where lots of the stuff, including the ROV, is going to be used on Oceana’s next expedition in the Mediterranean Sea. But before arriving to Stralsund, we managed to do several underwater recording in the southern Baltic Sea. We did scuba diving and ROV dives in different offshore areas in Swedish, Danish and German waters.


Areas in the Baltic Sea which suffer from eutrophication

Author: Christina Abel
Date: June 2, 2011

We arrived in the Gulf of Riga Tuesday afternoon. The Estonian’s Muhu archipelago separates the Gulf of Riga from the rest of the Baltic Sea, and several large rivers provide fresh water to the gulf. The gulf is quite shallow with 67 m as maximum depth. The salinity is lower here than in the Baltic Proper. Because of these conditions the Gulf of Riga is in risk of eutrophication and algae bloom in the spring and summer times. The first dive we had here was in a MPA close to a small island, called Ruhne Island. Here the divers had a dive with bad visibility, due to algae.