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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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  • The Baltic Expedition comes to a close

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 12, 2012

    Well, it’s over. The 2012 Baltic Expedition has come to a close, the gear has been off-loaded in Copenhagen and the on-board team is (hopefully) getting a bit of rest. For those of us unlucky enough to miss out on the experience of participating in this type of expedition, it’s hard to imagine what the day to day life on the Hanse Explorer is like.

    That’s why I wanted to share this pretty interesting time lapse video with you – it gives you a glimpse inside our Baltic Expedition. Take a peak:

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  • EU Fisheries: Little learned in 20 years

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: June 11, 2012

    Editor's Note: This commentary by our Executive Director originally appeared in the EUObserver

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  • World Oceans Day: Europe’s underwater forests are burning down

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 8, 2012

    It’s hard to imagine that if thousands of hectares of forest in Europe were being scraped away and dying off, politicians - even those not very environmentally “inclined” - would avoid protecting these vital habitats.

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  • World Environment Day: Our top 5 environmental problems

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 5, 2012

    Today is World Environment Day and we’ve decided to share with you what we believe are the five most important environmental problems facing our planet.

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  • Friday Meet & Greet: Fourhorn Sculpin

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 1, 2012

    This picture is one of our favorite of the week.

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  • Jellyfish beauty in the Baltic

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 3, 2012

    Aside from the important scientific data we gather to use in promoting the designation of Marine Protected Areas, one of the best (and my favorite) outcomes of our at-sea expeditions are the incredibly beautiful images that our photographers capture.

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