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  • Does paying subsidies pay off?

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 29, 2012

    After decision-makers having aired the agreement on fishing subsidies reached by EU fisheries ministers last week as a great victory, the time has come to pose a couple of uncomfortable questions: Is this really the best way of investing taxpayer money to promote fishing activities? Moreover, will these funds become actually spent, or will they remain as a nice headline in an old newspaper?

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  • New neighbors discovered in Portugal

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 9, 2012

    The Berlengas islands are a nature reserve in front of the town of Peniche, Portugal, and a great example of how much more knowledge of the seabed we need. Though located only a few kilometers from the coast, in just two weeks we no less than 120 species were found whose existence was unknown in the area. Not only that, but four or five of them could be completely new to science. Amazing isn’t it?

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  • Pirate fishermen target deep-sea sharks for liver oil

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 5, 2012

    Pirate fishermen have found a gold mine in deep-sea sharks and are illegally catching these vulnerable species to sell their highly valued liver oil.

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  • Hope for bluefin

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 25, 2012

    There is some hopeful news on the fate of the bluefin tuna – one of the iconic species of the Mediterranean, and one which has long been held as a frightening example of the effects of overfishing and illegal fishing.

    Bluefin tuna, much favored by sushi lovers, was on the verge of collapse. In 2006, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) established a recovery plan for the stating the likelihood of recovering stocks to levels which can produce Maximum Sustainable Yield by 2022 to be 60%.

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  • A step forward on the EU shark finning ban – but with a confusing twist

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: September 19, 2012

    We took a huge step forward today, with the Fisheries Committee vote on the EU shark finning ban. The Committee voted to close major loopholes in the ban, which allowed some countries (namely Spain and Portugal) to land sharks with their fins already removed from their body, in separate ports, at separate times (making it very difficult to monitor whether the finning ban is being followed properly).

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  • Ranger Expedition 2012: Exploring Ocean Depths

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 17, 2012

    It’s expedition time again; one of our favorite times of year!

    Today, we launched the Oceana Ranger Expedition 2012 and this year’s focus will be on the deep sea areas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

    We’ll be using our underwater robot (ROV) to take video footage and images of underwater mountains with peaks so deep that divers can’t get to them.

    Seamounts are incredibly important to protect as they are home to a wide variety of species and habitats that occupy the many different heights and soil types along their banks.

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  • Exotic species: invaders of the seas

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: September 12, 2012

    They are often beautiful, but also dangerous. Invasive species are increasingly common on land and at sea, and in many cases their presence in inappropriate places has to do with human activities. Some arrive in ballast water from visiting vessels, others escape from aquariums or travel through artificial channels, and their stocks are expanding and migrating into new areas because of climate change.
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  • 10 days to failure in the Med

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 11, 2012

    It’s not looking good for habitat and species protection in the Mediterranean, a big deadline is coming up and EU Member States from the region are failing to meet their obligations, despite the looming threat of financial penalties. But let me rewind a bit, to give you a bit of background.

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  • What is the limit of a coastal state’s rights to the marine area surrounding it?

    Author: Cristina Lopez de las Heras (Volunteer)
    Date: September 4, 2012

    A country’s territory expands to a distance of 200 nautical miles from the coast, or if its continental shelf goes beyond that limit, it can extend further, to 350 miles. In order to be granted this extension, a country must provide sufficient geological and morphological arguments in support of this claim.

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  • Give sharks a break

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: August 31, 2012

    In the past few weeks, shark attacks in Reunion and more recently in Australia have prompted calls on authorities to kill sharks to protect surfers and swimmers.

    Since it’s such a touchy subject, we asked our shark expert, Allison Perry, her thoughts, which we wanted to share with you: 

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