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  • Friday meet & greet: Sea Stickleback

    Author: Signe Damkjaer
    Date: October 14, 2011

    The Sea Stickleback (Spinachia spinachia), which is also sometimes called the fifteen-spined stickleback (because it characteristically has between 14-17 dorsal spines).

    Adults generally live solitary or in pairs, in shallow coastal areas and feed on small invertebrates. This fish can reach up to 25cm in length and is commonly found.

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  • Underwater seismic activity in the Canary Islands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 11, 2011

    Since mid-July, seismic activity has been detected around El Hierro (one of the Canary Islands) with experts claiming over 9,600 earthquakes, most too mild to be felt, have occurred.

    Recent data, according to the news, is suggesting that yesterday morning there was in fact an underwater eruption at around 4:30 am local time, and gases have  been detected about 7 miles from La Restinga at depths of around 600m. Because the eruption seems to have taken place underwater, warnings were given for fishermen to avoid the area.

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  • Investigative journalists take on subsidies, illegal fishing and seafood fraud in Spain

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 10, 2011

    Last week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists   (ICIJ) released 4 in depth articles, as part of their “Looting the Seas” project that we think are worth sharing with you.

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  • Making art in the sand

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 10, 2011

    Sam Dougados practices an interesting type of art that he dubs, “beach art”. Using a rake, he etches incredible patterns into the sand, photographing them before the tide washes them away.

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  • Friday meet & greet: Striped Seasnail

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 7, 2011

    We’ve been slacking on our Friday meet & greet blogs that introduce you to some cool species. But after a summer of expedition, in the Baltic, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, our photo albums are bursting at the seams, full of beautiful and interesting creatures.

    So without further ado, meet a striped Seasnail (Liparis liparis). We found this little one in the Bubbling Reefs of Hirsholmene Marine Reserve in the Kattegat Sea (Denmark).

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  • How to save the Bluefin: a visual education

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 6, 2011

    Check out this video we just spotted. What a great visual way to teach people about the plight of the bluefin tuna!

    Watch the video on YouTube (by HOWTOSAVETHEBLUEFIN)

     

     

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  • Remember Vidal?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 6, 2011

    Remember Vidal? Despite their well-known illegal activities since the nineties and the blacklisting of several IUU fishing vessels, linked to Vidal Armadores, Vidal companies have received millions of Euros of fishing subsidies from the local government of Galicia, the Spanish fisheries ministry and the European Union, since 2002.

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  • Closing September with a bang!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 3, 2011

    Last week was a good week for us at Oceana as we closed the month of September with a bang! It’s been a month of victories and good for our work here in Europe, and there is nothing more rewarding than realizing that our efforts are actually making a difference. We therefore thought we’d highlight a couple for you.

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  • EU subsidies to the fisheries sector, a growing concern

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 13, 2011

    After months of research into the issue, we gathered it all into a report, which we made public earlier this week – and the news isn’t good. It now seems that the amount of subsidies to the fishing sectors of EU Member States is 3 times greater than what has previously been acknowledged by the European Commission.

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  • Mercury rising: Seafood contamination and a consumer’s right to know

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 2, 2011

    Mercury contamination in popular fish, industrial waste leaking into our oceans, years long legal battles to gain access to public information being kept hidden by the government – it sounds like the plot of a movie, but unfortunately, it’s just what we’ve been dealing with in our latest battle against seafood contamination in Spain and in Europe.

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