Blog

  • What lies in the deep, with a little help from a robot

    Author: Candela Farroni (Volunteer)
    Date: April 18, 2012

    Even though it sounds a bit like science fiction, working with robots is now second nature for Oceana´s marine scientists. We are talking about the ROV (underwater robot) that has been a part of our expeditions since 2006 and lets us get images such as these. Oceana was a pioneer among NGO’s in incorporating this technology.

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  • A holistic approach to fisheries management

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 17, 2012

    Last week, we held an event at the European parliament to raise awareness around a concept that is near and dear to us. The event, which brought together scientists, politicians, policy experts  and civil society, was designed to start a discussion on how best to implement an ecosystem-based approach (don’t worry, read further down, we’ll get to explaining what this is) into the Common Fisheries Policy reform. 

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  • Seven marine paradises become Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance

    Author: Candela Farroni (Volunteer)
    Date: April 2, 2012

    What does this mean? Being awarded SPAMI status means that the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have granted these places the highest possible protection within the treaty, committing to observe the protection and conservation measures that affect them. The new 7 additions to the list are:

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  • Sweden steps up the fight against EU-wide discards

    Author: Mark Brown (Volunteer)
    Date: March 27, 2012

    Sweden has stepped up the fight for an EU-wide ban on discards, as rural affairs minister Eskil Erlandsson arrived in Brussels to outline his vision for an ‘ethical and fair’ fishing programme.

    Discarding refers to the process whereby unwanted fish caught are thrown back into the sea because they aren’t valuable enough or quotas have already been reached. This practice sees around 1.3 million tonnes of perfectly good fish wasted each year in the EU.

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  • The staggering price of inaction

    Author: Mark Brown (Volunteer)
    Date: March 23, 2012

    We must act now to protect our oceans – or be prepared pay a heavy economic price for many generations.

    That’s the view of the Stockholm Environment Institute, whose new report ‘Valuing the Oceans’ warns that failure to address the combined effects pollution, overfishing and climate change could cost the world an eye-watering $2 trillion per year by 2100.

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  • Managing the unmanaged: 82% of fish species caught by the EU fleet lack catch limits

    Author: Mark Brown (Volunteer)
    Date: March 22, 2012

    Did you know that 82% of fish species caught by the EU fleet lack catch limits? This means that 686 fish species, including commonly eaten ones like octopus and mullet, can be exploited without any management of the stocks or fishing effort used.

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  • A pair of manta ray leather boots? No Thanks!

    Author: Candela Farroni (Volunteer)
    Date: March 9, 2012

    Oceana campaigns on a ​​permanent basis to prevent overfishing of sharks, mainly caught for their meat and fins. Products ranging from football boots, notebook covers, dietary supplements, beauty products and liver oil among others are obtained form shark by-products.

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  • Spain should lead the way in the sustainable exploitation of fish resources in Europe

    Author: Candela Farroni (Volunteer)
    Date: March 6, 2012

    Spain is a major player in the European fishing industry (with 13% of the vessels and 15% of production) and the sustainable management of fish resources on its part could be a major influence on other EU countries.

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  • The oceans are everyone's business

    Author: Patricia Valdés (Volunteer)
    Date: March 2, 2012

    As you may have seen previously on the blog , the World Oceans Summit took place last week in Singapore. Organized by The Economist, it was attended by over 300 people from a range of sectors including universities, governments, international organizations, private sector, NGOs and the press.

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  • Alexandra Cousteau teams up with Oceana

    Author: Mark Brown (Volunteer)
    Date: March 1, 2012

    We are delighted to share the news with you that Alexandra Cousteau, grand-daughter of the of the great ocean explorer Jacques-Yves, has joined Oceana as a senior advisor. An established ocean advocate, Alexandra will help guide our campaigns to protect and restore the oceans.

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