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  • A very special place between Europe and Africa

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: January 18, 2013

    Located between Spain, Morocco and Algeria, the Alboran Sea is to the very West of the Western Mediterranean. If the Strait of Gibraltar can be called the gate to the Med, then the Alboran Sea is a busy hall where thousands of ships and migrating cetaceans go to and fro.

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  • Protecting hidden richness of Lebanon

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: January 18, 2013

    Can a place 3,000 feet deep, dark and cold be a hot spot of biodiversity? Yes, it can! In fact, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included four such sites in their Lebanon’s marine protected area strategy , and the reason why we’re talking about them here is because it’s a proposal by Oceana!

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  • Seamounts: biodiversity hotspots deep beneath the waves

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: January 17, 2013

    If you follow our work, you may have picked up on the fact that we have a thing for seamounts – we’ll admit it, it’s a bit of an obsession.

    What is it about seamounts that tickles our fancy?

    High biodiversity? Check

    Marine mammals and top predators? Check

    Productive ecosystems that include essential/sensitive habitats? Check and check.

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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: Michalis 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: Michalis 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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