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  • A different way of life: the barnacle

    Author: Patricia Valdés (Volunteer)
    Date: February 10, 2012

    Some species seek security, constancy and the lowest possible degree of risk in the environment around them. Others however live in areas where conditions vary not only by the season, but by the hour of the day. Such is the case for barnacles, many of which can be found attached to rocks and mussels in shallow tidal zones, where changes in salinity, temperature and water levels are the order of the day. The small crustaceans, which are shaped much like a volcano, can also be found attached to whales, turtles, and boats (to the dismay of many sailors).

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  • Time for the EU to step up and protect endangered sharks


    Date: February 8, 2012

    Today is a big day for sharks in the Mediterranean. It marks the beginning of the 17th Barcelona Convention Meeting, a three day event during which time the fate of many threatened sharks and rays is at stake. The Mediterranean is the region of greatest risk to sharks and rays, with 41% of species considered threatened, compared to 17% globally.

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  • Oceana board member Dr. Pauly receives 2011 Grand Prize from French Ecological Society

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 6, 2012

    Last Friday, Oceana Board member Dr. Daniel Pauly received the 2011 Grand Prix from the Société Française d’Ecologie. Dr. Pauly, a French citizen currently based in Vancouver Canada, is one of the world's leading experts on marine biodiversity and its protection. He is widely recognized the world's most prolific and widely cited living fisheries scientist.

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  • Parasites in the Baltic Sea

    Author: Patricia Valdés (Volunteer) & Angela Pauly
    Date: January 31, 2012

    It may seem to many that there is little life in the Baltic sea, especially when compared to the bright and colourful images of life in the Mediterranean, or the Atlantic. But if you look very closely, there is actually much to discover. While on our 2011 expedition throughout the Baltic,  we gathered samples of different specimens of parasites.

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  • Introducing Oceana’s newest celebrity ambassador: Elsa Pataky

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 30, 2012

    We are thrilled to announce that actress Elsa Pataky, has become our latest ambassador.

    The Spanish actress recently described why she wants to be involved in protected the world’s oceans: “I have no doubt that the most important legacy we can leave our children is a healthy planet with healthy oceans, full of life, so that they can also fully enjoy one of the most precious gifts we possess.”

    We look forward to working with her towards our mutual goal of restoring the world’s oceans.
    Welcome to the family Elsa!

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  • Spain withdraws support for renewable energies

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 30, 2012

    Last Friday, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, announced a temporary cessation of government aid to renewable energy projects. This troubling decision comes at a time Spanish government continues to support and fund dirty energy, as well as new permits for oil and gas exploration, which damage our already overfished oceans and further climate change.

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  • Investigative journalists uncover truth behind decimated fish stocks in the Pacific

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 25, 2012

    The latest “Looting the Seas” report by the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) was published today. You may recall a few months ago, we discussed their investigation into illegal fishing, seafood fraud and runaway subsidies in Spain.

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  • Enter the (Leafy Sea)Dragon

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 23, 2012

    Happy Chinese New Year! Today, millions around the world are celebrating as we enter the Year of the Dragon. What better way for us to celebrate in our blog than by introducing you to a real dragon?

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  • The potential environmental impact of the Costa Concordia wreck

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 19, 2012

    Amidst the heartbreaking news surrounding the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, another issue is beginning to emerge – that of the potential environmental impact the wreckage may have on the marine ecosystems.

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  • 2012: The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 10, 2012

    2012 is going to be a big year – we’ve got a ton of things on the horizon and a to-do list that’s already longer than we care to share.

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