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The Danish Minister of Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl, and the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dan Jørgensen, have submitted a joint proposal to establish six new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Kattegat in order to protect its soft-bottom habitats. Soft-bottom represents around one-quarter of the Danish part of the Kattegat but currently remain completely unprotected. Soft-bottoms are not covered by the European Nature Directives and are therefore particularly susceptible to human threats.

The tragedy that occurred five years ago today is not a distant memory for many: an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Over 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before responders were able to cap the sunken oil rig 87 days later.

Oceana spoke with Hansjörg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation, for the past issue of Oceana magazine. In this Q&A, Hansjörg discusses why the Wyss Foundation is interested in supporting ocean conversation and environmental work, among several other topics. Click here to see the Q&A originally published in Oceana magazine.

Can you tell me about your foundation’s vision for environmental work?

On April 14th, Oceana, together with representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and other stakeholders, participated in a roundtable discussion on the Blue Economy. The meeting revealed the potential provided by the blue economy as well as the future threats it may bring to marine environments. Marine pollution (esp.

Do you plan to attend the 2015 Seafood Expo in Brussels?

On Tuesday 21st of April, Commissioner Karmenu Vella will hold a debate on whether the European Union’s rules and methods in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing can contribute towards better fisheries governance globally.

It will be a unique opportunity to listen to some of the most relevant experts in the matter, including: