• Three Years in the Baltic: Finding Solutions to Restore a Threatened Sea

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 9, 2014

    It’s been three years since Oceana set up shop in Copenhagen to work exclusively on restoring the Baltic Sea, one of the most polluted and threatened seas in the world.

    Here is the catch: On paper, the Baltic region is leagues ahead of most of Europe when it comes to designating marine protected areas. On paper, 12% of the Baltic Sea is protected, which means on paper, the region has met and surpassed the goal laid out by the UN to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.

  • Deep-sea sharks: Poorly known, poorly managed

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: May 7, 2014

    The intriguing species that live in the deep-sea, hundreds of metres below the ocean’s surface, are some of the least suitable fish in the world for supporting commercial fisheries. Physiologically, they have adapted to life in a cold, dark environment where resources are patchy and in scarce supply. As a result, biological processes happen on a much slower timescale for many deep-sea fish than for species that live in shallow waters; they grow slowly, they begin to reproduce at a late age, and can live for many years.

  • EU’s Most Wanted

    Author: Peter Pierrou and Allison Perry
    Date: April 29, 2014

    A new report released by the European Commission paints a broad overview of European fisheries. Here are some key facts for you:

  • 10 facts you might not know about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: April 24, 2014

    1.- The combined size of the world’s MPAs exceeds the size of Europe. While that might sound like a very large area, the MPAs in fact cover less than 3 percent of the world’s oceans according to IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature).

  • The Acidification of the Mediterranean Sea: Secondary effects of the rise of CO2

    Author: Helena Alvarez
    Date: April 15, 2014

    Oceans play a fundamental role in regulating Earth’s temperature and the natural greenhouse effect that maintains life as we know it. They are able to do so by acting as a “carbon sink” and absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2).  However, due to our rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, too much carbon gets into the oceans, lowering their pH and resulting in a phenomenon known as ‘ocean acidification’.

  • 10 facts you may not know about deep-sea fisheries

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: April 10, 2014

    The EU is in the process of reforming its current regulation on deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic. This law dates back to 2002 and has proven to be very ineffective – deep-sea species have not been managed sustainably, and fisheries have been permitted to damage vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. Do you know the facts about these fisheries and their impacts?

  • Meet the Shorthorn Sculpin

    Author: Michalis Mihalitsis
    Date: March 14, 2014

    The Shorthorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) is found in Northern Atlantic waters and throughout most of the Baltic, ranging in sizes from 20 to 30 centimeters. It’s a benthic living fish, which means that it lives on the bottom of the sea, where it lays its eggs between the rocks and feeds on crustaceans and small fish. As with many other fish, its eggs are guarded by the male and not the female.

  • EU seas are in bad shape

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki and Nicolas Fournier
    Date: March 13, 2014

    In 2008, EU Member States took an ambitious decision to safeguard and restore the state of European seas by 2020. After years of negotiations, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive was adopted, which aimed at making sure all human activities that impact the quality of our marine environment are addressed. Today, five years since implementation, and with six more years to go, the goal seems more of a challenge to reach.

  • Meet the three-spined stickleback

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: February 14, 2014

    Here’s a Valentine’s Day fish for you – a fish that literally builds its own love nest. The three-spined stickleback and its subspecies are spread out across many coastal waters of the  northern hemisphere. It’s very adaptable and can live in fresh, brackish or salt water.

  • Animal behavioral studies

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: January 22, 2014

    Is there anything we can learn from all the animals that we share the planet with? I think most people would say a definitive yes, but when quizzed about exactly what, I’m not so sure all of us could come up with a well thought-out answer. Personally, I think we can learn something about behaviour. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not the first one with that thought. Animal behavioural studies have been around for almost one hundred years, so I missed my claim to fame by a century or so, but still I see something interesting there.