• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oceana Study Reveals Billions in Hidden Fisheries Subsidies: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: July 8, 2013

    Once again, we’ve uncovered a disturbing amount of hidden subsidies to the EU’s fishing sector. You may remember in 2011, we calculated that a staggering 3.3 billion Euros in subsidies had gone from the EU to its Member State industries in just one year (2009).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.