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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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  • Black-mouth goby in the Danish kitchen?

    Author: Mike Michalitsis
    Date: August 12, 2013

    The black-mouth goby (Neogobius melanostomus), or round goby, is an invasive species here in the Baltic Sea. It was first seen in 1990 in the Gdansk Bay in Poland from where it quickly spread to the rest of the Baltic. Originally, it comes from the Black Sea and is thought to have come over in a ship’s ballast water. The black-mouth goby is very hardy and can breed more than once in a single breeding season which takes place between May and September.

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  • Protecting Turtles in the Balearic Islands

    Author: OCEANA
    Date: August 7, 2013

    Today, the traditional release of rescued turtles has taken place in the waters of Cabrera National Park, attended by the President of the Regional Government, Jose Ramon Bauza and the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Territory, Gabriel Company.

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  • Jaizkibel: New area to be protected in the Basque region

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 29, 2013

    Good news!

    The marine area in front of the cliffs of Jaizkibel, in the Basque region – has finally been nominated as a special area of conservation. Oceana made this recommendation in 2010 and we’ve been working on getting the area – which has suffered from the impacts of coastal development, included into the Natura 2000 network.

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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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