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  • Meet & Greet: the Eelpout (Zoarces viviparous)

    Author: Michael Michalitsis
    Date: July 26, 2013

    I’ve spent over a year analyzing hours of expedition videos taken by our underwater robot (the ROV). I have to say that you quickly start recognizing the usual suspects of fish and algae. One of the fish that is most commonly seen is the eelpout (Zoarces viviparous).

    It is a slimy skinned fish with lots of colour variations, but dark-light brown patterns are most common. 

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  • Quo vadis, Baltic herring?

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: July 16, 2013

    Some days ago I took part in Oceana’s coastal expedition on the Finnish side of Quark, collecting information about the underwater world in the area with a video robot and scuba dives. We happened to pass by a small harbor just as two medium size trawlers were landing herring on to two big trucks. It was clear that the catches were going to a close-by mink food factory.

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  • Meet and greet: The European Flounder

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: July 12, 2013

    During our most recent expedition in the Baltic Sea, we stumbled upon this guy along the coast of the Åland islands between Sweden and Finland. It’s a European flounder (Platichthys flesus), or Skrubbskädda, as we call them in Sweden.

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  • Oceana Study Reveals Billions in Hidden Fisheries Subsidies: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 8, 2013

    Once again, we’ve uncovered a disturbing amount of hidden subsidies to the EU’s fishing sector. You may remember in 2011, we calculated that a staggering 3.3 billion Euros in subsidies had gone from the EU to its Member State industries in just one year (2009).

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  • OSPAR disappoints: a major set-back in for North-East Atlantic species and habitats

    Author: Nicolas Fournier
    Date: July 3, 2013

    Last week in Gothenburg, Sweden, OSPAR (the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic) met for its annual Commission, and we are sad to report that the outcome of it was a huge disappointment.

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  • An attempt to bypass democratic reform of fisheries subsidies

    Author: Sarah Todd
    Date: June 24, 2013

    As the negotiations on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) reach a crucial point in the European Parliament, there are reports that Alain Cadec, the French Member of Parliament in charge of the file, is seeking an agreement directly with the Member States, and thus trying to bypass the opportunity for a detailed discussion of the whole Parliament on this important issue.

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  • Fisheries subsidies: What will Member States spend the money on?

    Author: Sarah Todd
    Date: June 14, 2013

    At this very moment, EU Member States are developing their six-year plans on how they will be using fisheries subsidies (mostly funded by taxpayer money) they will be receiving once the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is finalized.

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  • Of divers and people disguised as rabbits

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: June 12, 2013

    This weekend, the day finally arrived when we launched our Baltic Sea expedition. After months of preparations everybody got a chance to step out of the office for a reminder of what we actually do at Oceana. Sitting at our desks, working at our computers is not a goal in itself; it’s just a means to get where we want to go. For me as a newcomer, it was a chance to meet the people who symbolise Oceana’s struggle in a very evident way – the divers.

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  • World Oceans Day: Beautiful Baltic, a selection of images

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 7, 2013

    Tomorrow is World Oceans Day and we decided to put together a stunning slide show of images from the Baltic: 

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanaeurope/sets/72157633827427943/

    I’m partial to the crab – which one is your favorite?

    Happy World Oceans day and have a great weekend! We hope you’ll do something good for them, tomorrow and every day!

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  • World Environment Day and Essential Fish Habitats

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 5, 2013

    It’s World Environment Day. We’ve always argued that protecting the marine environment, so that it functions like the well-oiled machine it should be, is the only way to ensure a strong and sustainable fishing industry.

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