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

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 8, 2011

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    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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cualerpa salad and Lionfish ceviche, anyone?

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: April 20, 2011

    Normally, a thick meadow of lush algae is what you´d expect to see in healthy, thriving ocean ecosystems, right? Actually, it depends on the species. It´s certainly not a good sign if that green carpet turns out to be Cualerpa taxifolia, one of the deadliest invaders of the Mediterranean.

  • What lies beneath: Mysterious species in our fascinating oceans

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: April 15, 2011

    Humpedback Angler Fish (courtesy of Clark)We all know that our oceans are home to a dazzling and diverse array of animals like dolphins, whales, fish and corals. But have you heard of ghost shrimp, giant spiny lobster, yeti crab or xenophyophores? These are just a few of many recently discovered species in our oceans, unveiled by the Census of Marine Life. In a span of ten years, more than 6000 potentially new species have been discovered in this global effort to determine the extent of biodiversity in our oceans.

    It seems there is no limit to the extreme environments these strange, brave creatures call home. Many nooks and crannies of our oceans are occupied – including rocky seamount slopes, deep ocean trenches devoid of light,

  • Exploring the Baltic Sea: Aaaaand we’re off!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 11, 2011

    You may remember when we introduced you to our new office in Copenhagen. Well the good news keeps on coming!

     A few days ago, we launched a 2 month long Baltic Sea expedition – and we want you to be able to share in the experience. That is why we’ve created a special section of our website that will include the latest pictures and updates, including on-board diaries, from our experts!