Blog

  • Beach or mountain?

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: April 11, 2013

    You know, we at Oceana want it all, which is perhaps why we love seamounts so much.

    It’s not just because they are feeding grounds and spawning areas for highly migratory species; or because they attract lots of sharks, tunas, turtles, cetaceans and seabirds; or because you can find a wide variety of habitats and species from their peaks to their bases. It is because seamounts have it all!

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  • Making the ocean a wilder place

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: April 10, 2013

    Wild10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress, will be taking place next October, and we at Oceana in Europe have already gone wild about it!

    You may wonder what it’s all about. Well, this is “the world’s longest-running, public conservation project and environmental forum”, as they call it. And what we like most is that it’s an ongoing programme aimed at practical results, which perfectly matches Oceana’s approach.

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  • Race for the Baltic – a joint campaign to save the Baltic

    Author: Christina Abel
    Date: April 9, 2013

    Today Race for the Baltic  launched; the campaign is a joint initiative of three environmental NGOs (Fish Secretariat, Coalition Clean Baltic and Oceana) in collaboration with the political organization GLOBE, entrepreneurs, and business partners, joining forces to call for action to save the Baltic Sea.

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  • The Oceana Ball – where sharks are the guest of honour

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 8, 2013

    Today, in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, over 350 international collectors, philanthropists and celebrities will come together to support Oceana’s international work to protect and restore shark populations, fight for true shark finning bans, and reduce shark bycatch.

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  • Nudibranchs: Tiny beauties of Scandinavia

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: March 19, 2013

    Nudibranchs are a group of sea slugs that have magnificent bright colors and are known around the world for that. There are really few restrictions to what color these creatures can have. Mostly they are natives to more tropical waters but actually, 178 species have been described in Scandinavian waters.

    Nudibranchs are fascinating creatures –they have no gills or shell, they are hermaphrodites and communicate with chemical signals. Here you can see some of our favourite species in the North of Europe.

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  • Denmark allows destruction of marine protected area

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: March 15, 2013

    Earlier this month, we were flabbergasted by news of the Danish government’s decision to renew permits for mussel dredging inside marine protected areas in their waters, which stands in stark contrast to the country’s conservation objectives.

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  • Finally, CITES to regulate trade in threatened sharks and mantas

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: March 14, 2013

    It’s official! Five species of threatened sharks, and two species of manta rays have been added to Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna). After several days of suspense since the listings were first approved on Monday, the protections were finalised today in the plenary session of the 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok.

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  • So far, fantastic news for sharks and mantas at CITES

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: March 11, 2013

    History was made today in Bangkok, when Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) voted to protect five species of sharks and two species of manta rays under Appendix II. The seven protected species are: oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), porbeagle (Lamna nasus), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), great hammerhead (S. mokarran), smooth hammerhead (S. zygaena), oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (M. alfredi).

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  • CITES: tackling the trade in threatened sharks and rays

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: March 5, 2013

    All eyes in the shark conservation world are on Bangkok, where one of the most important conservation meetings kicked off on Sunday. Countries that are Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) are meeting to discuss and decide on the protection of species that are threatened by international trade – including sharks and rays.

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  • Seafood fraud: what’s on your plate?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 21, 2013

    Unless you live under a rock, you must have heard about the “horse meat” lasagna discovery that has turned into an EU-wide food labeling crisis. When we, as consumers, go to a store or a restaurant, we expect to get what we pay for, and that I believe is a right that our governments and food providers owe us.

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