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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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  • The Mediterranean still struggles with driftnets

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 4, 2013

    A few days ago, over 3 km of illegal driftnets were seized in Italy. It’s amazing, and disturbing that more than a decade after a driftnet ban was put in place in the EU – we are still seeing regular cases of infractions, particularly by the Italian fleet.

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  • Is that endangered shark liver oil in your face cream?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 4, 2013

    Are you smearing liver oil from endangered deep-sea sharks on yourself every morning and night?

    Your reflex may be to answer: “Obviously not!” But the truth is, you don’t know, and European cosmetic companies aren’t required to tell you if the squalene (or squalane) they use as an emollient in your face cream comes from shark liver oil, or from plant-based alternatives.

    We’re not happy about being kept in the dark, and neither should you be.

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  • A new era for European fisheries?

    Author: Amélie Malafosse
    Date: May 30, 2013

    Good news: this morning, just before 4 am, the European Parliament and Council of fisheries ministers reached a deal on the CFP Reform – and it’s actually not so bad.

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  • On Cod and the Kattegat

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: May 28, 2013

    Over the last couple of years, several reports have come out on the come-back of cod in the Baltic Sea. It turns out; a lot of stocks are doing pretty well and are growing. Of course, the fish are still smaller in size than 20 years ago and most scientists advise a cautious approach, but there is at least hope. Unfortunately, this positive news doesn’t apply to the Kattegat sea, which has been quite overlooked in the public debate on cod.

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