• Will EU member states live up to their CFP commitments?

    Author: Magnus Eckeskog
    Date: September 16, 2014

    Last Monday, the countries around the Baltic Sea invited stakeholders to discuss fisheries management issues at the Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum, known as BALTFISH. BALTFISH is an informal group established by the fisheries administrations around the Baltic Sea, where they discuss fisheries management issues that only concern the Baltic Sea area in order to facilitate the EU fisheries Council negotiations – regionalization of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) put into practice.

  • A giant footstep towards saving sharks

    Author: Leah Barrett
    Date: September 15, 2014

    Yesterday, the entry of 5 new species of sharks and all manta rays to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendix II went into effect, as agreed on in the CITES meeting last year in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The shark species that are now included in this list are the Oceanic Whitetip, the Porbeagle and three varieties of Hammerhead shark; the Great Hammerhead, the Smooth Hammerhead and the Scalloped Hammerhead. All of these species are listed as threatened on the IUCN RED List.

  • The “perks” of being a conservationist

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: September 10, 2014

    A couple of weeks ago, I took a summer course at my University called ‘’International Nature Conservation’’ and I think it’s safe to say that so far, it’s the most interesting course I’ve ever had. Among many issues and subjects, we got to do IUCN species assessments using their criteria, prioritizing areas of interest for protection, and looking into biodiversity hotspots.

  • Live Action Role-Play for the Baltic Sea – Finding new ways to address environmental troubles

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: September 5, 2014

    Having worked with the Baltic Sea on the policy and advocacy side for some time now, I sometimes get stuck on how to get more audience and raise awareness around the issue. How can we attract a wider audience and in particular, how can we get more young people interested in the issue?

  • Seismic Surveys and Sharks: a Bad Combination

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: August 28, 2014

    It is said that the Mediterranean Sea is the world's most dangerous place for sharks and rays, as 4 out of 10 species are threatened. But along with the threat of overfishing, there is another factor that puts these wonderful creatures at risk:  oil exploration. As you might know, we made a list of endangered species living in the area affected by the proposed Cairn Energy oil exploration project in the Gulf of Valencia. Around 180 species are affected in total, and along with some fish, the most vulnerable species are actually sharks.

  • Big Waves, Big Plans

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: August 14, 2014

    On Sunday morning, we left Sandhamn and sailed northwest to the Gulf of Bothnia where we will carry out more research on marine litter in the Baltic Sea. On board, we are divided into watch teams. This way, everyone takes their turn to work and carry out daily tasks, despite being as inexperienced in sailing as I am.

  • Sailing through the Baltic on the Sea Dragon

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: August 12, 2014

    I was invited to take part in a research expedition in the Baltic Sea arranged by Örebro University and Pangaea Exploration, which I gratefully said yes to. The expedition has been running since the beginning of August, but I joined them on Saturday. So now I find myself miles from the nearest coast, on board the “Sea Dragon”, a Global Challenge Vessel, and part of a small but enthusiastic crew. The goal of this expedition is to study marine litter, a growing problem for the world’s oceans.

  • Lost sharks

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: August 12, 2014

    Not much has changed since the release of the famous “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg. Sharks have always scared us due to their ferocious appearance and the scope of recorded world attacks on humans; a bad reputation that has been spread by the media. But should we be afraid of them, or afraid for them? Using the slogan “scared for sharks”, actress January Jones collaborated with Oceana in 2009, as a spokesperson to raise awareness of shark conservation.

  • The Expedition to Cabrera and the seamounts of Ibiza

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: August 6, 2014

    On Monday we set off from the port of Palma for the ten-day expedition, with the goal of graphically documenting and taking samples from areas that are in real need of protection.

  • Tackling Illegal Fishing in Italy: The Making Of

    Author: Anonymous
    Date: July 21, 2014

    Earlier this month, Oceana and Corriere della Sera embarked on a behind-the-scenes mission to uncover illegal fishing in the Port of Bagnara in southwest Italy. During an overnight mission, the team documented illegally caught swordfish from drift gillnets entering the Port. This isn’t the first undercover mission from Oceana---earlier this summer we uncovered drift gillnets in Morocco. Read below to learn more.