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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • So far, fantastic news for sharks and mantas at CITES

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: March 11, 2013

    History was made today in Bangkok, when Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) voted to protect five species of sharks and two species of manta rays under Appendix II. The seven protected species are: oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), porbeagle (Lamna nasus), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), great hammerhead (S. mokarran), smooth hammerhead (S. zygaena), oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (M. alfredi).

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  • CITES: tackling the trade in threatened sharks and rays

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: March 5, 2013

    All eyes in the shark conservation world are on Bangkok, where one of the most important conservation meetings kicked off on Sunday. Countries that are Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) are meeting to discuss and decide on the protection of species that are threatened by international trade – including sharks and rays.

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  • Seafood fraud: what’s on your plate?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 21, 2013

    Unless you live under a rock, you must have heard about the “horse meat” lasagna discovery that has turned into an EU-wide food labeling crisis. When we, as consumers, go to a store or a restaurant, we expect to get what we pay for, and that I believe is a right that our governments and food providers owe us.

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  • Taming the high seas

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 15, 2013

    “The high seas” – Just the term evokes the idea of a wild and lawless ocean that spans as far as the eye can see… and pirates (or is that just me?).   

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  • Unidentified species: Help us help them

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 14, 2013

    Here’s a challenge to all you marine biologists out there: want to help us identify some of the species we’ve found during our expeditions?

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  • A toast to the sustainable future of EU fisheries

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 6, 2013

    As you all must know by now, if you follow us on the blog, facebook or twitter, today was one of the most important days for the future of European fisheries. For over 20 months, Oceana has been working to make sure that the once in a decade opportunity to reform the failed EU fisheries policy was not wasted – and we were not disappointed. The outcome of today’s vote in the European Parliament Plenary on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy was beyond what we expected and thankfully, European fisheries management has the opportunity to take a giant leap forward.

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