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  • Nemo at risk: Finding Nemo’s marine friends in trouble

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: December 13, 2011

    It’s no secret that Finding Nemo is one of my absolute favorite movies, and apparently, I’m not alone in this. Finding Nemo was the second highest grossing movie in 2003, right behind The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (another favorite of mine…but I digress).

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  • Baltic Amber

    Author: Jocelyn Ruark (Volunteer)
    Date: December 12, 2011

    Freshmen year at my home university, I took “rocks for jocks” or Geology 101. Over the semester, I had to memorize the appearance and name of 60 different rocks so I could identify a random sample of 20 for the final exam. As December approached, I prayed for a tray holding “easy” stones to recognize like granite, coal, and one of my favorite stones, amber. The beautiful golden-hued amber is actually a resin made from the fossilization of pine sap.

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  • Tweeting about tides

    Author: Jocelyn Ruark (Volunteer)
    Date: December 5, 2011

    I love Twitter. Not only because I personally love to tweet, but because it’s an innovation that has changed the way we live and react.

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  • Fishing in the Balearic Islands: Artisanal vs. Trawling

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 29, 2011

    The Balearic Islands have a long history of artisanal fishing. Apart from being a way to make a livelihood, this activity also represents a rich cultural tradition that distinguishes these islands from elsewhere. Unfortunately, overfishing among other factors, has led to a sharp decline in artisanal fishing in this archipelago. Pressure from industrial bottom trawlers, which destroy seabeds and ecosystems, as well as recreational and submarine fishing, which target large fish, is causing the disappearance of traditional fishing methods, which are more selective and sustainable.

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  • Curiosity, cod, and the Commission

    Author: Jocelyn Ruark (Volunteer)
    Date: November 24, 2011

    As December quickly approaches, every morning when I head into the Baltic office, I pass a new Christmas tree on display in a shop window or welcoming guests just outside the door of a local bar. After passing a particularly tall pine this morning, I thought about how interesting it is that a tree’s age is not measured by its height, but by the number of rings that are laid down each year in its trunk. This got me thinking – how do the researchers at Oceana determine the age of fish?

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  • New steps taken in support of a non- discard policy

    Author: Signe Damkjaer
    Date: November 23, 2011

    Today , the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian fisheries ministers met with EU fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki at a seminar about the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in Stockholm. During this meeting they signed a declaration, announcing their intention to adopt a ban on discards. The prohibition for discards shall apply from 1 January 2013 according to the declaration  that the ministers Eskil Erlandsson from Sweden, Mette Gjerskov from Denmark and Lisbeth Berg- Hansen from Norway have signed. It will force fishermen to land their entire catch.

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  • A Happy day for sharks

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 21, 2011

    Three cheers for sharks! We’ve got some good news for shark lovers out there:

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  • It’s time to protect Mediterranean swordfish

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 18, 2011

    It seems like common sense that one of the basic tricks to avoid overfishing a species would be to avoid catching them before they have had time to reproduce. That makes sense right?

    Well unfortunately, in the case of swordfish an estimated 70% of the catch is made up of juveniles – a major problem for this at-risk species.

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  • Portugal celebrates the National Day of the Sea

    Author: Aitor Lascurain
    Date: November 16, 2011

    On November 16, 1994 the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea established a new legal framework to legislate the marine environment, came into force. When Portugal ratified it one year later, it assumed greater rights to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the European Union but also important responsibilities to protect biodiversity and marine resources.

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  • Save Our Sharks

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 15, 2011

    Did you know that only 1% of the highly migratory sharks reported caught in the Atlantic are protected from overfishing by ICCAT?

    Did you know that 75% of the highly migratory sharks caught in ICCAT fisheries are classified as threatened in parts of the Atlantic by the IUCN?

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