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  • Oceana meets with EU Commission to address concerns on Balearic oil drilling plans.

    Author: Nicolas Fournier
    Date: October 30, 2013

    Earlier this week, a group of politicians and civil society organizations met with Karl Falkenberg, Director General of DG Environment - the environmental arm of the European Commission.  The delegations came to Brussels with a clear message of strong opposition to the Spanish government’s plans to develop offshore oil activities on the Mediterranean coast. The plans would start with seismic surveys of an area as big as 4,200 km2, between the coast of Valencia and the Balearic Islands, using large underwater explosions to study the seabed and discover pockets of hydrocarbons.

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  • EU Parliament rejects most harmful fishing subsidies in latest vote

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 28, 2013

    We’ve got excellent news to share about our fight to end harmful fishing subsidies that fuel overfishing. Last week, the European Parliament voted on the EMFF, the financial mechanism of Europe’s fisheries policy, which determines where funding is allocated. We were happy to see that for the most part, MEPs understood that they needed to vote in line with the ambitions and objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy reform.

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  • It’s time to stop fishing for short term fixes

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: October 21, 2013

    (This piece was first published on Parliament Magazine’s website)

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  • A new era for European fisheries?

    Author: Sarah Todd
    Date: October 15, 2013

    As the European Parliament plenary vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) approaches, we need to put pressure on MEPs to make sure that they vote for a fund that is in line with the new Common Fisheries Policy’s objectives. The new EMFF will define the way aid is granted to the European fishing sector for the next seven years. This is a unique opportunity for the European Union to put an end to the ineffective and wasteful practices of the past, and it should not be missed.

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  • Why preserving deep-sea corals is good for fish (and for us)

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 9, 2013

    We often see it on TV – beautiful tropical coral reefs with sun rays travelling through blue water and colourful fish swimming around happily. But what happens hundreds of metres below the surface? Well, basically the same thing – except the image is that of cold water coral reefs in total darkness with stranger looking fish swimming happily around.

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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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