Atlantic and Mediterranean Expeditions

The Oceana Ranger is a vital piece of Oceana’s campaign work in Europe. Custom-made in 1986 as a hospital ship, the Oceana Ranger was donated to Oceana by board member Steve McAllister.

Overview

The Oceana Ranger is a vital piece of Oceana’s campaign work in Europe. Custom-made in 1986 as a hospital ship, the Oceana Ranger was donated to Oceana by board member Steve McAllister. Since then, its crews have sailed from the Pacific to the Mediterranean doing invaluable research and documenting illegal fishing, habitats and marine species and evaluating the damages of the destructive fishing to the marine environment -all with the goal of achieving policy victories for the seas.

Throughout 2016 Oceana Europe will embark on 4 expeditions - a record number of expeditions in a single year for Oceana!

  • The first of 2016's expeditions will be in the Sound, a strait nestled between Denmark and Sweden, to study the area's biodiversity and human activities that threaten it and to pave the way for transnational marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Baltic Sea.
  • Next on the expedition map is Malta to conclude the the second part of a two-year project to establish a coherent network of MPAs in Malta by 2017.
  • Then Oceana's Ranger will move up north to the North Sea to document offshore habitats and species to table a set a of MPAs in the area.
  • The fourth expedition will take place in Lebanese waters and will be Oceana's first in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Here, our team of scientist will be exploring marine biodiversity in submarine canyons and deep-sea areas.

Previous expeditions

Since its first expedition in 2005 , Oceana has achieved multiple victories with the help of Ranger’s on-the-water presence.

In 2006 and 2007 the Oceana Ranger crossed Mediterranean waters where the Oceana team identified illegal fishing activities and documented areas of special environmental value.

In spring 2008 the Oceana Ranger sailed to the Atlantic coast of Spain and the Bay of Biscay, to gain knowledge about the Spanish seabed, document illegal bottom trawling and promote the creation of new marine protected areas .

In summer 2009 , the Oceana Ranger sailed to the Canary Islands. The objective of the campaign was to contribute information so that  Spain will have 10% of its marine environment protected by 2012, as required by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

In 2010, Oceana studied the seabeds of the Western Mediterranean and participated in the European  LIFE + Indemares project, providing information about the Seco de los Olivos seamount, in the Alboran Sea.

In 2011 the Oceana Ranger crossed the Mediterranean and the Atlantic waters to document the underwater canyons and mountains of Southwestern Europe.

The 2012 expedition kept on documenting the Mediterranean and Atlantic depths and studied, for the third and last year, the Chella Bank as part of the LIFE+ INDEMARES project.

2013 saw the Oceana Ranger sail to the Baltic Sea to to gather biological data as well as information on fishing activities to support Oceana’s proposals on MPAs and fisheries management.

In 2014, Our team spent a month on the Ranger in the Canary Islands to document biodiversity, focusing on areas around the island of El Hierro.

And in 2015, we were in Maltese waters to start the first leg of a two-year EU-funded project to survey areas in Malta in order to identify new Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) within the Natura 2000 network.

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