Blog

  • 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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  • 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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