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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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  • 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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