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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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  • Oil Exploration and Marine Protected Areas in the Canaries: Hardly Compatible

    Author: Cristina Lopez de las Heras (Volunteer)
    Date: August 9, 2012

    The Habitats Directive is the most important EU environmental legislation, requiring EU Member States to protect specific habitat types by incorporating them into a network of protected areas (both on land and at sea) called Natura 2000. But it’s not looking like every country is going to meet their requirements.

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  • Banning deep-sea bottom trawling

    Author: Cristina Lopez de las Heras (Volunteer)
    Date: July 20, 2012

    Imagine a Boeing 747 (without passengers) landing without control on a natural park filled with century old trees and other species of great ecological value…

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  • How do jellyfish reproduce?

    Author: Cristina Lopez de las Heras (Volunteer)
    Date: July 13, 2012

    It’s summer time, which means that jellyfish are back in the news – recent reports describe thousands clogging beaches in Spain. We thought it might be interesting to look into their reproductive ways and it turns out jellyfish have a rather interesting lifecycle. Interested in learning more?

    When jellyfish mate, the male's sperm fertilizes the female egg and the zygote is formed, which grows into a planula larva.

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  • Victory: 10 species of threatened sharks and rays get protected

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 11, 2012

    Good news readers! Great news, actually: Yesterday, EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention. These species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, have declined dramatically in numbers – some by as much as 99% during the last century – while others have vanished from parts of the Mediterranean where they were once common. Oceana has been on this issue for the past year and a half and we couldn’t be any happier about this outcome.

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  • State of the World Fisheries gets a bad report card

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 9, 2012

    Every two years, the FAO releases a report called the State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture, and every two years, those of us who follow the issue are disappointed by dismal statistics. This year, 87% of evaluated stocks were fully or over-exploited, up 2% from the last FAO report.

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  • Overfishing: a video

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 3, 2012

    As part of our policy work on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy, Oceana often teams up with other NGOs in the area so as to maximize our influence on decision makers in Brussels and the EU.  

    Here’s a great video that came out of this partnership that clearly explains the scale of the overfishing problem. It was made by Ocean2012 and we signed onto it along with Greenpeace and Birdlife International.

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  • Remembering Cousteau

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 25, 2012

    Today marks 15 years since the death of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a name that is synonymous with the ocean. This French conservationist, diver, filmmaker, author, photographer (and the list goes on) is responsible for educating millions around the world about the wonders of the world’s oceans – and today, we want to honor that legacy and remember it.

    One can’t help but wonder: if he were alive today, how would he feel about the state of the oceans he spent his entire life exploring? Would he be proud of how Europe is managing its seas?

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  • Rio + 20: Another Opportunity or More Empty Promises?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 19, 2012

    In 1992, at the original Earth Summit in Rio, the world came together to shape a brighter future for the planet. Yet 20 years later, the oceans have received far less protection than land, deep sea areas in particular have been ignored, marine protected areas are few and far between, while many are poorly (if at all) managed, and overfishing is rampant. Meanwhile, the international commitment we made to protect 10% of the oceans by 2012 has been delayed to 2020.

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