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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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  • Dear Fisheries Council: please listen to scientific advice. When you don’t bad things happen.

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 30, 2012

    You can imagine how we felt when we heard the conclusions of a new paper by German scientists linking bad decision making by the EU Fisheries council to the collapse of North Sea Cod.

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  • One step closer to a complete EU ban on shark finning

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 27, 2012

    While shark finning has technically been banned in the EU since 2003, a number of loopholes remain. Some countries grant special permits that allow fishing vessels to remove shark fins on board, on the basis that they keep both fins and meat and that landed fins do not exceed 5% of the live weight of sharks caught. This ratio is among the most lenient globally, and an additional loophole in the legislation allows fins and carcasses to be landed separately, making monitoring very difficult.

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  • Baltic Expedition 2012 – We’re off!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 24, 2012

    You may remember last year around this time, we launched our first ever expedition into the Baltic Sea. It’s that time of year again! Our chartered research vessel, the Hanse Explorer, set sail yesterday.

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  • 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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