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  • How Might Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Affect the Oceans?


    Date: April 4, 2011

    Many of you have inquired via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail about how the Japanese nuclear crisis is affecting the oceans and marine life. There are still a lot of question marks, but here’s what our scientists have to say.

    How it could affect marine life in general:

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  • Protecting the Marine Area of the Canary Islands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 31, 2011

    Today was a big day for us – we presented our proposal to protect 15% of the marine area around the Canary Islands. If our proposal is accepted, it would multiply the current protected area by 100.

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  • Under the Sea in the Canary Islands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 18, 2011

    Even though we’ve been conducting at-sea expeditions for years, the incredible beauty of what lies beneath the waves still takes our breath away.

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  • Japan: How to Help

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 14, 2011

    Like many of you we’ve been glued to the television watching the news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week leaving destruction and death in its wake.

    The fate of several damaged nuclear power plants are now a cause of great concern and explosions and radiation leaks are being closely monitored.

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  • Protecting the Seamounts in the Channel of Mallorca

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 11, 2011

    OCEANAOur photographer captured this amazing shot of a golden anemone last year in Cap Blanc, Mallorca (Balearic Islands).

    Last week the Spanish and Balearic governments announced their commitment to protect the seamounts of the Channel of Mallorca – one of the areas in the Spanish Mediterranean with the highest biodiversity levels.

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  • Introducing Oceana’s Baltic Sea Office

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 10, 2011

    OCEANA - BalticWe’d like to let you all know that we recently opened a new office in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is focusing exclusively on the Baltic Sea.

    The Baltic is a unique environment with highly valuable biodiversity, but pollution, destructive fishing practices and poorly managed marine protected areas continue to threaten the richness and resilience of the sea. Oceana’s long-term project is aimed at halting damaging fishing practices and improving the network of marine protected areas.

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  • Mackerel Friday: Spain overshoots 2010 quota by 79%

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 4, 2011

    OCEANA MackerelMackerel’s been quite a hot topic over the past few months. You may remember last year’s “Mackerel Wars” between Iceland (and the Faroe Islands) and the EU.

    Unfortunately, Mackerel isn’t only overfished up north. The Commission recently reprimanded Spain for going over its 2010 allocated mackerel quota by 79% or 19,621 tons. The Spanish fleet’s blatant disregard of the regulations in place only serves to highlight the government’s passiveness and inability to control the sector.

    The lack of compliance with fishing agreements not only puts the conservation of mackerel stocks in danger, but also leads to serious socioeconomic consequences for the sector and associated industries.

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  • 1.3 Million tons of wasted fish a year: What’s being done about it?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 2, 2011

    1.3 Million Tons – That’s how many marine fish (and other organisms) are discarded and dumped overboard (dead most often than not) by EU fishermen every year.

    OCEANA discardsThe amount of waste, which represents 13% of the total catch, is difficult to fathom, and even more so at a time when we are fighting so hard to end overfishing and push for sustainable fisheries.

    The discard issue has rightfully been all over the news in the past few weeks – from Hugh’s fish fight to  concerns over how a ban on discards would affect the industry.

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  • Meet: Sea Slugs and Oceana MedNet

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 25, 2011

    Bet you never thought a sea slug could ever be stunning. This photo of a nudibranch (or sea slug) was taken during one of our expeditions in the Mediterranean off the coast of Alicante, Spain.

    Every time we send our photographers into the depths, we are amazed at the incredible diversity of marine organisms they are able to capture with their lenses. That is why we work so hard to push for Marine Protected Areas – so we can help preserve the rich biodiversity of Europe’s waters.

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  • Meet: Seahorse

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 18, 2011

    SeahorseWe found this little guy in Galicia, Spain during our 2008 at-sea Oceana Ranger expedition.

    Here’s a fun fact about seahorses: the males are the ones who get pregnant and seahorse babies are born inside the male pouch.

    But here are some not so fun facts about seahorses, which are fished for use in traditional medicines throughout Asia and aquariums: Overfishing, pollution, climate change and habitat depletion have severely depleted seahorse populations.

    The 2004 CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) convention provided international protection to seahorses  by setting a minimum catch size allowing them to reproduce while allowing some fishing - though Indonesia, Japan, Norway, and South Korea opted out of the trade rules at the time.

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