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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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  • Ecoalf has supported Oceana’s campaign in the Baltic


    Date: May 13, 2011

    Ecoalf has supported Oceana’s campaign in the Baltic by donating recycled-fabric bags.

    Special thanks to Ecoalf for their in-kind donation that will be used during the international organization’s expedition in the Baltic.

    After years of research and significant investment in R&D, Ecoalf has launched the 1st generation of products 100% made out of recycled and recyclable materials, such as illegal driftnets.

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  • Celebration for the Oceans: Contiki´s partnership with Celine Cousteau


    Date: May 5, 2011

    What could be better than travelling to far-off places, to sandy beaches under azul skies, with not a care in the world? Doing so in an earth-friendly way. And Contiki Holidays, a youth travel company, is making it easier for us to take eco and ocean-friendly holidays, thanks to their recent partnership with ´oceanaut’ Céline Cousteau.

    Céline is a passionate advocate for healthy oceans, and this talented diver and filmmaker will be working with Contiki to spread the news about ocean conservation issues through Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Oceans are in Céline´s blood – after all, she’s the granddaughter of the famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.Read More...

  • Dive into Oceana’s Baltic Sea Expedition: a Slideshow

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 3, 2011

    It’s been a few weeks since Oceana’s team set sail from Copenhagen to spend 2 months studying the flora and fauna of the Baltic Sea. They’ve been hard at work conducting dives in near freezing water, recording the rich biodiversity and taking soil and water samples. It’s been an incredible journey so far and now that the expedition is wrapping up, we’d love to share some images of the expedition with you.

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  • Giants of the Deep

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: April 29, 2011

    It´s widely known that whales are among the largest animals on earth. But what other giants lie beneath the surface of the seas? Unlike giant animals roaming on land such as elephants and hippos, it´s trickier to explore the vast and immense oceans - and so much remains undiscovered.

    Nevertheless, scientists have encountered a few surprising giants of the sea, including the aptly named whale shark. The world´s largest living fish can measure up to an intimidating13 m, but  this gentle filter-feeder mostly eats plankton.

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  • Deepwater Horizon´s one-year anniversary: Not much to celebrate

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 27, 2011

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico turned one year old last week – but this was a birthday that no one celebrated. In addition to human lives, the spill has devastated ocean life: thousands of dead seabirds, stranded turtles, dead oyster beds, mysteriously disappearing dolphins, and plummeting crab catches have been observed.

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