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  • Summer of at-sea expeditions at an end

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: August 30, 2011

    Well, we’ve reached the end of our summer at-sea expeditions. You may recall, we had an incredible experience in the Baltic Sea a few months ago and a few weeks ago, the Oceana Ranger pulled into its final port after spending 2 months travelling through and studying the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic (by Portugal).

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  • Oil Company set to destroy marine habitats with the Spanish government’s permission

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: August 1, 2011

    Spain’s beautiful Costa Del Sol, a tourist destination for millions, is under threat from Repsol, and oil company with plans to prospect for gas in the area, and some incredible habitats and marine animals that we just recently documented as part of our latest Ranger Expedition are in danger of being destroyed.

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  • Caleb Pungowiyi: 1941-2011


    Date: July 28, 2011

    Caleb PungowiyiWe are incredibly saddened by the passing of Caleb Pungowiyi, a longtime Alaska Native leader and Oceana’s Senior Advisor and Rural Liaison.

    Originally from the St. Lawrence Island village of Savoonga, Caleb’s work was a critical part of Oceana’s accomplishments in Alaska. He was a passionate yet incredibly humble person who followed his beliefs and led by example. He cared deeply about protecting and nurturing the subsistence way of life and the environment that was his garden. 

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  • Cetacean sighting in the Alboran Sea

    Author: Silvia García
    Date: July 19, 2011

    Oceana´s Ranger expedition is going strong as it continues through the Alboran Sea, which is the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea. This area, famous for its great number and variety of cetaceans (marine mammals), did not disappoint: our on-board team of scientists, photographers, videographers and divers spotted more than 400 cetaceans in just one day!

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  • EU Commission’s half-hearted attempt to restore Europe’s depleted seas

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 13, 2011

    Today was a BIG day for Oceana: the European Commission unveiled their proposal for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

    We’ve been working for months on ensuring that this proposal included the much needed solutions to restore Europe’s depleted seas and put us on the path towards sustainable fisheries.

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  • TwoThirds Bluefin Artist Series

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 5, 2011

    The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna has been an important and emblematic part of Mediterranean culture for centuries, fascinating even ancient Greek and Latin philosophers because of its impressive size and fast speed. Yet these magnificent creatures, sometimes called tigers of the oceans, find themselves under strong fishing pressure and need our support.

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  • Fighting for the Fish

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 29, 2011

    The problem of discards is one of the greatest failures of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). If you follow our blog you’ll have read about it in the past. The numbers are disgusting – truthfully: 1.3 Million tons of marine fish (and other organisms) are discarded and dumped overboard (dead most often than not) by EU fishermen every year.

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  • Setting sail with the Oceana Ranger

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 22, 2011

    It’s the summer of expeditions here at Oceana Europe!

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  • It’s World Oceans Day – What are you going to do to save the Oceans?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 8, 2011

    Astroides calycularis

    We estimate that since the beginning of the 21st century, 70 million tonnes of fish have been caught and afterwards discarded dead, 110,000 hectares of sea-grass meadows that were home to thousands of organisms have been destroyed and 99% of the species in danger of extinction still lack conservation plans.

    The oceans are taking a beating, plain and simple. Here’s what Xavier Pastor, Executive Director of Oceana Europe has to say:

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  • Fish for Thought

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: May 17, 2011

    Imagine if Spaniards only ate fish from their own waters. Yesterday, Spain ran out of its own fish stocks, and now will have to depend on imports from other countries - for the rest of the year.

    Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) seen from outside the net in a tuna cage. Malta. Marviva Med Mediterranean Expedition. June 2008May 8th marked Fish Dependence Day in Spain, about two months ahead of Fish Dependence Day for the entire EU. Alarmingly, these dates are arriving earlier every year. Meaning that, because our own stocks are being over-fished, we have become increasingly dependent on foreign imports. While our grocery shelves are stocked with seemingly endless supplies of fresh, glistening fish, about half of the fish available in the EU comes from other countries – not a good sign for the health of our global fisheries.

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