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  • Let’s set sail: the path to restoring the Baltic Sea

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: May 17, 2013

    The Baltic Sea has the oddly contradictory record of being a frontrunner both in good and bad – on one hand it holds the unfortunate record of being one of the most polluted seas in the world, but on the other, countries in the region have ambitious political plans for its restoration which, if implemented, could put it on the path to recovery. The Helsinki Convention (HELCOM) has been setting environmental targets for the restoration of this sea for almost 40 years already.

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  • Inching towards a fisheries deal

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: May 13, 2013

    This article originally appeared in the EU Observer on May 13th, 2013.

    As EU fish ministers meet in Brussels today and tomorrow (13-14 May) the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is on the brink of a crucial step in its reform process

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  • Meet the Spiny Seastar

    Author: Michalis Mihalitsis
    Date: May 10, 2013

    We thought it was high time to bring back a Friday tradition we started a while ago, to introduce our readers to some interesting sea creatures. This week, we are featuring the spiny sea star (Marthaasterias glacialis).

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  • Toxic Salmon not ok for Swedish mums, but the French call it a delicacy

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: May 8, 2013

    An investigative report has aired some interesting, and unfortunately disturbing news out of Sweden.

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  • The sea from the seat

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: May 7, 2013

    Who doesn’t like film festivals? We’re such fans that we are bringing it to the next level and taking part in one! Last Saturday, the Maremostra Ocean International Film Festival launched in Spain and we have committed to taking part in a number of, what they’ve called scientific cafés.

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  • An update on the CFP: where we stand

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 6, 2013

    It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on where the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stands. A few months ago, when the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted for sustainable fisheries in Europe, we saw the will of the people turn into reality. That future is not yet set in stone though, and as negotiations ramp up we’ve been working with our NGO colleagues to keep the pressure on decision makers ahead of next week’s meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers.

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  • All Aboard! A campaign to stop the bankrupting of Europe’s oceans.

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 30, 2013

    We’ve teamed up with WWF, FishFight, BirdLife, Paint a Fish, and Ocean2012 to get as many people on board to stop bankrupting our oceans and allow fish stocks in Europe to recover.

    This interactive campaign allows you to send a message directly to your Fisheries Minister – we’ve already seen the power of citizens when the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for a stronger Common Fisheries Policy a few months ago. The negotiations are now taking place, and now is not the time to loosen the pressure on our representatives. That’s why we need you to make your voice heard.

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  • Happy birthday, Cabrera!

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: April 29, 2013

    Spain’s National Park of Cabrera turns 22 years old today and we’re very happy to say that its creation has been worthwhile. There is enough evidence to show that sea creatures within the protected area grow larger and spawn more, and this wildlife ‘factory’ is a great help when it comes to restoring the surrounding damaged areas.

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  • A meeting about the future for the Baltic Sea

    Author: Magnus Eckeskog
    Date: April 29, 2013

    This week, representatives from Member States around the Baltic Sea, are meeting in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss multi species fisheries management and a discard ban in the Baltic Sea.

    Stakeholders have been invited to give their point of view, and Oceana will be there. We’re expecting some interesting discussions between the Member States, fisheries and other representatives and we hope that they will all show a clear commitment to ensuring that the future of the Baltic Sea is in line with fundamental principles on EU fisheries and marine environmental management.

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  • Breaking the law

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: April 23, 2013

    So there you are in your car on the highway, blasting Creedence on the stereo, wind in your hair. Everybody’s speeding a little bit; you just go with the flow. Then all of a sudden a police car shows up and instantly the average speed drops about 20 km/per hour.

    Have you thought about how easily we break the law when there is nobody watching? You know ­–speeding, jaywalking, a little bottom trawling in marine protected areas?  

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