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  • Overfishing in 2015 not over?

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: December 18, 2014

    On Tuesday night, decisions on fishing quotas in the North East Atlantic for 2015 were set by the EU ministers in Brussels. The conservation organizations, however, strongly denounce the results of which 56 per cent were not in adherence to scientific advice. And so, in the case of North Atlantic cod, the ministers decided to actually increase catches by 5 per cent, whereas scientific organizations recommended a 20 per cent reduction.

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  • Expeditions paying off in Kattegat

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: December 17, 2014

    In October 2014, the Danish government published a new report – a plan for the Danish Nature. As a marine NGO, Oceana was of course highly interested in seeing how much the plan dealt with the marine environment, but it really was a pleasure to learn that the marine environment was not neglected in the report.

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  • Seafood labeling and sustainable fisheries

    Author: Leah Barrett
    Date: December 15, 2014

    Seafood fraud and seafood mislabeling is unfortunately a very common and widespread problem across Europe, something that OCEANA’s previous studies in Denmark and elsewhere in France have revealed.

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  • Fishy Business

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: December 10, 2014

    Every Wednesday, a small scale fisherman is right outside the supermarket I usually go to, and sells his freshly caught fish. He is very friendly and I have sometimes fallen into conversation with him over fisheries in general. He is a bit pricy, but I think it’s worth supporting small scale fishermen compared to big industrial trawlers. I love eating fish so every Wednesday I always look forward to see what ‘’today’s catch’’ was.

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  • 500 days at sea and still counting


    Date: December 4, 2014

    It’s not often that a young man with a decent job and salary decides to pack it all up and leave, in order to raise awareness for the oceans and highlight the need for sustainable living. Yet, that’s exactly what 29 year old Sergi Basoli decided to do.

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  • Too precious to be lost

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: December 4, 2014

    The ongoing discussions in the circle of EU bodies will soon determine the future of red coral in EU waters. In the current situation, it would be appropriate to ask the question: “will a future for red coral in Europe be guaranteed?”

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  • Yet more species pushed to the limit

    Author: Leah Barrett
    Date: November 21, 2014

    Following last week’s World Parks Congress in Sydney, the IUCN red list was updated, showing that the Pacific Bluefin tuna, Chinese puffer fish, American eel, Chinese cobra and the Australian butterfly are currently being pushed to the limit.

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  • ‘Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring solutions’ at the IUCN World Park Congress 2014

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: November 13, 2014

    The sixth World Park Congress is happening right now in Sydney, Australia. Hosted from the 12th to the 19th of November 2014, this international event is the only global forum solely dedicated to protected areas; national parks, natural reserves and marine sanctuaries.

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  • How’s your regionalization doing? – thoughts about Advisory Council work

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: November 11, 2014

    “Dialogue with stakeholders has proven to be essential for achieving the objectives of the CFP. Taking into account the diverse conditions throughout Union waters and the increased regionalisation of the CFP, Advisory Councils should enable the CFP to benefit from the knowledge and experience of all stakeholders.” (Recital 65 of CFP Basic Regulation)

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  • Further protection granted to deep-sea sharks

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: November 11, 2014

    Good news for deep-sea sharks in the North-East Atlantic - the Council of Fisheries Ministers of the EU decided yesterday to keep the fishery for many vulnerable species closed for the next two years!

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