Blog

  • 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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  • Seeing Blue: Celebrating Earth Day

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 22, 2013

    Arthur C. Clarke once said: “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”

    He wasn’t off mark. Did you know that, in terms of volume, the oceans occupy 99% of planet Earth? That’s why we wanted to honour this Earth Day by celebrating our incredible, mysterious oceans.

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  • Swedish trawler busted for illegal fishing in the Kattegat

    Author: Magnus Eckeskog
    Date: April 17, 2013

    On April 16th, the Swedish coast guard carried out an inspection on a fishing vessel located south of Lilla Middelgrund, a Marine Protected Area (and part of Natura 2000) in the Kattegat. The trawler was caught using a mesh size below the minimum size permitted for its targeted fishery, greater weever, of which it had approximately 8000 kilos onboard. The case is now with the Swedish police.

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  • Seismic airgun testing for oil and gas threatens marine life and coastal ecosystems

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 16, 2013

    Our colleagues in North America have released a new report: “A Deaf Whale Is a Dead Whale: Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil and Gas Threatens Marine Life and Coastal Ecosystems” which goes into the dangerous and destructive practice that has become all too common.

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  • The Risks of Fish Restocking: the Case of the Baltic Sea

    Author: Michael Michalitsis
    Date: April 15, 2013

    Sport fishing has throughout history been a way to relax, get away from it all and be closer to nature. Many people think that recreational fishing doesn’t have a big influence on fish populations, but in fact it accounts for approximately one quarter of the total amount of salmon caught in the Baltic Sea region and nearly one half of the catch taken from the shore or rivers.

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  • 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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