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CEO Note: Great News for European Fisheries

Posted Mon, Oct 28, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo note, European parliament, oceana europe

(Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

I have some wonderful news out of our European offices that I’d like to share with you. Last Wednesday, the European Parliament took a tremendous step forward in restoring the health of our oceans and our fisheries. They voted to significantly limit harmful subsidies that enable overfishing, leading to the collapse of any of Europe’s fisheries.


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Victory! Basque Region of Jaizkibel to be "Special Area of Conservation"

Posted Thu, Aug 15, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to basque region, conservation, europe, france, mediterranean, oceana europe, spain

This guy is really psyched about the victory, we swear. l © OCEANA / Félix Aguado

We're thrilled to report that last month, the Basque area of Jaizkibel has finally been nominated as a special area of conservation! Oceana made this recommendation back in 2010, and has been fighting for this nomination for years, making this victory all the sweeter to us. 


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Government Officials, and Sea Turtles

Posted Thu, Aug 8, 2013 by Oceana Europe to cabrera national park, loggerhead sea turtles, marine protected areas, mpas, oceana europe, sea turtles

© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell

This post comes to us from our Oceana offices in Europe. Click here to read the post in the original Spanish version. 

August 7, 2013

In an event attended by José Ramón Bauzá, the President of the government of the Balearic Islands, and Gabriel Company, Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Territory, the Cabrera National Park hosted the yearly tradition of returning rescued sea turtles to the sea. This event inspires us to take a moment to recognize the benefits of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) like the Cabrera National Park -- safe havens that are essential to the conservation of loggerhead sea turtles and many other species.


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Oceana Expeditions Show 28 Ocean Areas in Need

Posted Fri, Oct 21, 2011 by Meghan Bartels to coral gardens, expeditions, habitat protection, marine conservation, oceana europe, ospar, sea pens, sea sponges

Every year, our research vessel, the Oceana Ranger, explores new areas of the ocean and collects scientific data – and incredible photos! -- to help protect vulnerable marine habitats.

This week, our colleagues in Europe presented their findings to an environmental rule-making body in the Northeast Atlantic, and we’re hopeful that it will lead to exciting new ocean protection measures.

Europe’s Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) offers guidelines about threatened species and habitat types that should be protected. However, these principles rely on old and incomplete data, so countries have had trouble using them effectively.

Although Norway, the UK, and Germany have already taken steps to explore and protect their seafloor communities, Spain and Portugal have had much less information about their oceans and so have been less active in preserving it.

But thanks to our expedition findings, that might change. Oceana presented OSPAR with findings about coral gardens, deep sea sponges and seapen communities from our expeditions in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. In total, our scientists presented 28 previously unknown areas that have these types of habitats.

These habitats are home to some of the most diverse and unique communities in the oceans. Creating marine protected areas to preserve them can go a long way in keeping the oceans and everything that lives in them healthy.

Here’s hoping that today’s presentation will pave the way for both continued scientific study and additional protections.


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