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  • Has bluefin tuna recovered?

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 8, 2013

    Bluefin tuna, the iconic Mediterranean species, has for several years served as a dramatic example of how commercial greed can drive a species to the verge of collapse. Its critical situation triggered an international campaign to set reasonable catch limits, and eventually countries agreed to act. But what has become of bluefin tuna since? Has it recovered, as some fishing countries are now stating?

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  • Kayaking for a healthier sea

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 2, 2013

    Sergi Rodríguez Basolí is on a remarkable and unique expedition: he is attempting to kayak the length of the Mediterranean coast on his own. Sergi left Spain 71 days ago. He has since travelled along the French coast and has arrived in Italy.

    If he manages this feat, which would mean kayaking the coast of the 25 Mediterranean countries, he will have traveled a distance longer than the Earth’s diameter, with just the power of his arms and a small sail. Impressive, isn’t it?

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  • Deep-sea mining

    Author: Nicolas Fournier
    Date: September 23, 2013

    It is often said that we know more about our moon than the ocean's depths. Though this is an exaggeration, the truth is that science is only starting to understand the complex physical, chemical and biological process ruling the underwater world.

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  • Do you Pinterest?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 23, 2013

    One of the most important aspects of our work has been, and always will be, to raise awareness about marine issues and the impact that human activities have on one of the most important resources on the planet. We’re thrilled to be able to share our work and our passion with so many of you through a variety of platforms, so it was only a matter of time before we hopped onto the Pinterest wagon.

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  • Danish politicians at sea

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: September 5, 2013

    A little while ago, a number of Danish politicians, including the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karen Hækkerup, were invited to Helsingør, Denmark, to learn about the unique environment of the Sound, and to discuss the threats currently facing the sea. Oceana together with WWF, Greenpeace and the Danish Society for Nature Conservation hosted this event to put the marine environment on the political agenda; an environment which is easily forgotten as its life often are out of sight – hidden by the dark water.

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  • Expedition Recap: Destroying the unknown

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: August 30, 2013

    Several days ago, our 2013 Mediterranean Expedition came to a close. We still have hours of footage that need to be analyzed, but we wanted to share a couple of our finds. As we’ve mentioned before, the Emile Baudot escarpment, which we spent several days documenting, is an area that had never been studied before.

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  • Baltfish – Quotas, procedures for regionalization and the Baltic Sea discard ban.

    Author: Magnus Eckeskog
    Date: August 28, 2013

    This week, representatives from all EU member states around the Baltic Sea and stakeholders met in Latvia at the Baltfish forum. Baltfish works on two levels – the High Level Group (HLG) and the Forum seminars. The HLG is currently only open to member state administrations and the Baltic Sea director of the EU Commission, whereas the forum seminars are open to stakeholders – like Oceana and other NGOs for example. Here we have the chance to forward our ideas on the items on the HLG agenda.

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  • A picture says more than a thousand words

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: August 22, 2013

    Since Oceana is a global organization you get to learn a lot about what’s going on in other parts of the world. Every week I get to see pictures from the beautiful Mediterranean or the rich waters off the coast of Chile, for example. Compared to these places my good old Baltic Sea is not as beautiful, at least not at first glance.

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  • Oil companies blind to marine wildlife

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: August 21, 2013

    Bad news: More and more environmental impact studies by companies involved in hydrocarbon prospecting are coming to the conclusion that biodiversity in prospective areas is so scarce that you might as well be on the surface of the moon instead of a the bottom of the ocean. It doesn’t make sense, and when you take a closer look, the truth reveals itself to be far from what is written in those impact assessments.   

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  • The 2013 Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition has set sail

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: August 13, 2013

    Less than two months after our successful coastal expedition in the Baltic ended, we’ve sent out another team on board the Ranger, our research catamaran, to study a (very) little known escarpment (steep slope, rocky wall) in the Spanish Mediterranean just south of Cabrera National Park.

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