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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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  • It's ICCAT time again!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 11, 2011

    It’s ICCAT time again! This week an international team of Oceana experts headed to Turkey to seek protection for sharks and swordfish, both of which are overfished, at the 22nd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

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  • Wednesday Wisdom: Predator, scavenger and a cannibal from the ice age

    Author: Signe Damkjaer
    Date: November 2, 2011

    The Saduria entomon is a true survivor. Take a look at this picture, and there will be no doubt that you are looking into the eyes of a predator. It eats amphipods such as monoporeia affinis mussels, freshwater lice and larvae. Even more macabre is that it’s also an omnivorous scavenger feeding on dead fish and other dead organisms it finds at the bottom of the sea.

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  • Beware the mutant fish

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 31, 2011

    No need for costumes, fake cobwebs or scary music, this Halloween edition of our blog features an unfortunate real life monster. Take a look at the “lovely” image of a mutant, 3-eyed wolffish found near a nuclear plant in Argentina.

    Three-Eyed Fish Caught Near Argentinian Nuclear Power Plant  Read more: Three-Eyed Fish Caught Near Argentinian Nuclear Power Plant | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

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  • Friday Meet & Greet: The Ambush of the Anemone

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 28, 2011

    Today’s Meet & Greet looks like its straight out of a horror movie! Trust me, this video is a MUST SEE – it catches you so off guard, one second you are wondering what it is you are supposed to be looking at, and then before you know it, this creepy hand looking thing is coming out of the ground – and well…I won’t ruin the surprise, see for yourself:  We’ve called it the Ambush of the Anemone – watch and enjoy! There is no sound, but that just ups the creepiness factor.

     

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