• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.