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  • Live Action Role-Play for the Baltic Sea – Finding new ways to address environmental troubles

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: September 5, 2014

    Having worked with the Baltic Sea on the policy and advocacy side for some time now, I sometimes get stuck on how to get more audience and raise awareness around the issue. How can we attract a wider audience and in particular, how can we get more young people interested in the issue?

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  • Seismic Surveys and Sharks: a Bad Combination

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: August 28, 2014

    It is said that the Mediterranean Sea is the world's most dangerous place for sharks and rays, as 4 out of 10 species are threatened. But along with the threat of overfishing, there is another factor that puts these wonderful creatures at risk:  oil exploration. As you might know, we made a list of endangered species living in the area affected by the proposed Cairn Energy oil exploration project in the Gulf of Valencia. Around 180 species are affected in total, and along with some fish, the most vulnerable species are actually sharks.

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  • Big Waves, Big Plans

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: August 14, 2014

    On Sunday morning, we left Sandhamn and sailed northwest to the Gulf of Bothnia where we will carry out more research on marine litter in the Baltic Sea. On board, we are divided into watch teams. This way, everyone takes their turn to work and carry out daily tasks, despite being as inexperienced in sailing as I am.

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  • Lost sharks

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: August 12, 2014

    Not much has changed since the release of the famous “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg. Sharks have always scared us due to their ferocious appearance and the scope of recorded world attacks on humans; a bad reputation that has been spread by the media. But should we be afraid of them, or afraid for them? Using the slogan “scared for sharks”, actress January Jones collaborated with Oceana in 2009, as a spokesperson to raise awareness of shark conservation.

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  • Sailing through the Baltic on the Sea Dragon

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: August 12, 2014

    I was invited to take part in a research expedition in the Baltic Sea arranged by Örebro University and Pangaea Exploration, which I gratefully said yes to. The expedition has been running since the beginning of August, but I joined them on Saturday. So now I find myself miles from the nearest coast, on board the “Sea Dragon”, a Global Challenge Vessel, and part of a small but enthusiastic crew. The goal of this expedition is to study marine litter, a growing problem for the world’s oceans.

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  • The Expedition to Cabrera and the seamounts of Ibiza

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: August 6, 2014

    On Monday we set off from the port of Palma for the ten-day expedition, with the goal of graphically documenting and taking samples from areas that are in real need of protection.

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  • Tackling Illegal Fishing in Italy: The Making Of

    Author: Anonymous
    Date: July 21, 2014

    Earlier this month, Oceana and Corriere della Sera embarked on a behind-the-scenes mission to uncover illegal fishing in the Port of Bagnara in southwest Italy. During an overnight mission, the team documented illegally caught swordfish from drift gillnets entering the Port. This isn’t the first undercover mission from Oceana---earlier this summer we uncovered drift gillnets in Morocco. Read below to learn more.

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  • Finnish archipelago Åland could be a big winner in the future – or loser

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: July 16, 2014

    This piece was first published in the Finnish newspaper Ålandstidningen 11/7, it has been translated for this blog.

    Imagine this view on a sunny day: blue skies, the sun shining and glimmering on the surface of the sea. But zoom in a bit closer, and you’ll see an entirely different picture: murky waters, and algae blooms suffocating kelp forests, and small fish in shallow waters gasping for air. This is the current reality we are facing: wide-spread human activities have led to the decline of the Baltic Sea and other oceans globally.

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  • OSPAR Commission Protects 16 new vulnerable species and habitats in the North-East Atlantic

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: July 7, 2014

    A few days ago, in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal, the OSPAR Commission marked their 2014 meeting with a decision to  protect 11 vulnerable marine species and five habitats in the North-East Atlantic. European eels, cod, spotted rays and seamounts are among those that will receive protection.

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  • Meet the Chilean Devil Ray

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 4, 2014

    A few days ago, the Internet was abuzz with news about the Chilean Devil Ray’s ability to reach previously unknown depths.  What a perfect excuse to introduce this species to our readers!

    Despite its intimidating name, this mostly solitary creature (though it can be found in groups) is harmless to humans and feeds on small fish and plankton. It can grow to reach 4 meters across and weigh up to 350kgs!

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