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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Finnish archipelago Åland could be a big winner in the future – or loser

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: July 16, 2014

    This piece was first published in the Finnish newspaper Ålandstidningen 11/7, it has been translated for this blog.

    Imagine this view on a sunny day: blue skies, the sun shining and glimmering on the surface of the sea. But zoom in a bit closer, and you’ll see an entirely different picture: murky waters, and algae blooms suffocating kelp forests, and small fish in shallow waters gasping for air. This is the current reality we are facing: wide-spread human activities have led to the decline of the Baltic Sea and other oceans globally.

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  • OSPAR Commission Protects 16 new vulnerable species and habitats in the North-East Atlantic

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: July 7, 2014

    A few days ago, in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal, the OSPAR Commission marked their 2014 meeting with a decision to  protect 11 vulnerable marine species and five habitats in the North-East Atlantic. European eels, cod, spotted rays and seamounts are among those that will receive protection.

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  • Meet the Chilean Devil Ray

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 4, 2014

    A few days ago, the Internet was abuzz with news about the Chilean Devil Ray’s ability to reach previously unknown depths.  What a perfect excuse to introduce this species to our readers!

    Despite its intimidating name, this mostly solitary creature (though it can be found in groups) is harmless to humans and feeds on small fish and plankton. It can grow to reach 4 meters across and weigh up to 350kgs!

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  • Creating the world’s biggest marine protected areas. Will Europe follow in Obama’s footsteps?

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: June 23, 2014

     “I’m going to use my authority to protect some of our nation’s most precious marine landscapes”, announced President Obama during the international summit “Our Ocean”, which took place last week at the US State Department.

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  • Blue growth, but at what cost?

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: June 18, 2014

    Blue Growth is a new strategy recently launched in the EU, wherein seas and oceans are seen as drivers of the European economy. It represents about 5.4 million jobs and is expected to generate a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. Shipping, coastal and cruise tourism, offshore wind, shipbuilding, aquaculture and blue biotechnologies are considered to be some of the most promising sectors of the Baltic Sea maritime economy.

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  • Deep sea mining-who will win the battle?

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: June 12, 2014

    Commercial deep-sea mining operations are set to become a reality by 2016 in the Pacific Ocean, and will have a negative impact on our planet that we cannot even begin to measure. According to official statistics, only 3 % of the oceans are protected (IUCN), and we have only explored about 1% of ocean floor (NOAA).

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