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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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  • A Postcard from Strasbourg: Make History, End Overfishing

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: February 5, 2013

    As you may know, there is a big vote happening tomorrow in Strasbourg. Members of Parliament have a chance to make history , and we, along with our colleagues in the NGO community have been working hard for the past year and a half to spread the right information to the right people.

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  • CFP Reform : Let’s make history

    Author: Amélie Malafosse
    Date: February 4, 2013

    Have you ever witnessed something and realised you were in the middle of a historic moment?

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  • Scientists speak out against the Balearic debacle

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: February 1, 2013

    What has to happen in a few months in a relatively small area – 5,000 sqkm- for 180 scientists from different organizations to sign a joint document and send it to media? Many things, and none of them good: drastic budget cuts for protected areas, redundancies that dismantle effective teams, destruction of years-long work…  

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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: 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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