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  • The UN goes for an international mercury convention

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 16, 2013

    This week, diplomats are in Geneva negotiating a treaty on global mercury emissions.

    Mercury poisoning is no joke – as this Guardian article states, mercury is “a lethal neurotoxin that includes, among an inventory of grim effects, brain damage and the loss of IQ points in unborn children, injuries to kidneys and heart, and results in tens of billions of dollars in healthcare costs every year in the US alone.”

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  • Sharks in the Baltic Sea & Kattegat

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: January 2, 2013

    When you hear about sharks, most people automatically think about the tropics and crystal clear blue waters. But the truth is that there are sharks all around the world, even in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea.

    In fact, 31 species of sharks, rays and chimaeras (class of Cartilaginous fish-Chondrichthyes), have been recorded in the Baltic Sea & Kattegat, but we rarely hear about them because there are so few left.

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  • 2012 Recap

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: December 28, 2012

    We want to end this year on a high note and not with a doom and gloom scenario for our oceans.

    Yes, they are in trouble, yes overfishing continues, and yes, we have a long way to go before the EU truly embraces sustainable fisheries.

    But you know what? Amidst all the bad news, so much good has happened in 2012. Here are some of our favorite achievements of the year. 

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  • The Critically Endangered European eel

    Author: Mike Mihalitsis
    Date: December 26, 2012

    Holidays are here and many people in Europe go out and buy some eel for their Christmas dinners, as they do every year. But what many might not know is that the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is critically endangered and threatened with extinction. To provide some perspective, this threat level is higher than that given to the polar bear or the giant panda.

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  • Fisheries Parliament Committee Shines in CFP vote

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: December 19, 2012

    We knew it was going to be a big week for fisheries in Brussels. The vote out of the EU Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was beyond what even we had hoped for. We are so very proud that the majority of the MEPs fought for a sustainable future for European fisheries. Thank you, for representing the European citizens honorably.

    Here are some of the great elements that MEPs voted to include:

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  • An update on fisheries subsidies

    Author: Vanya Vulperhorst
    Date: December 19, 2012

    With all the cheer around yesterday’s vote on the CFP, we wanted to make sure that a couple of pieces of good news on fisheries subsidies didn’t slip through the cracks.

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  • What a week ahead!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: December 17, 2012

    There is nothing like ending the year with a bang, and this week, a couple of major votes and decisions are coming up that will affect EU fisheries.

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  • New EU Marine Protected Areas

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 27, 2012

    It’s always good news when new marine protected areas are put in place; and good news is always a cause for a celebration.

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  • Europe stands against IUU fishing

    Author: Amelie Malafosse
    Date: November 15, 2012

    Did you know that illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing accounts for 15% of catches worldwide and that this business amounts to 10 billion euros annually? If you want an order of comparison, it is as if IUU fishing was the second biggest fishing “nation” in the world after China.

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  • ICCAT 2012: Fate of Bluefin Tuna and Sharks Being Discussed

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 14, 2012

    This week, the annual ICCAT conference is underway in Agadir, Morocco. As some of you may know, Oceana has observer status at the ICCAT meeting, and two of our experts are on the ground as we speak.

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