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Finally, Mediterranean swordfish has been recognised as an urgent issue that needs to be addressed. This is music to the ears of us at Oceana as we’ve been campaigning for this issue for many years. Finally, politicians have reacted to the terrible situation that has developed: after 30 years of overfishing, the stock is just one third of what it used to be in the 1980s.

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Recently Oceana, together with its NGO partner organisations, launched a new online database whofishesfar.org showcasing 15,264 EU vessels authorised to fish outside EU waters between 2010 and 2014.

Where did the idea of the website come from and what’s so important about this initiative?

Good news for sharks: the list of wildlife species under special protection procedure just include the Mediterranean populations of seven species: dogfish, common Shortfin Mako, porbeagle, stripe false candle, Malta, common guitar and guitar Blackbeard stripe. Thus, the Spanish legislation prohibits that bother them, capture or killed, and that traded with them

It’s only been a few days since the Balearic Government agreed to take further steps in the process of enlarging the Cabrera National Park in the Balearic Islands, something that Oceana has been advocating for over the past several years. Any enlargement will of course be welcomed but to make a meaningful difference rather than a token gesture the park requires a significant expansion.

443 – This is the estimated number of Indo-Pacific invasive marine species that have entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal since its opening in 1869. These species have found the Mediterranean to be a comfortable place to live, but then, who wouldn’t? However, these Indo-Pacific species are not as accommodating as their new home and are often noxious, poisonous, or venomous, posing threats to both the Mediterranean marine ecosystems and human health.

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