The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico turned one year old last week – but this was a birthday that no one celebrated. In addition to human lives, the spill has devastated ocean life: thousands of dead seabirds, stranded turtles, dead oyster beds, mysteriously disappearing dolphins, and plummeting crab catches have been observed.
You may remember when we introduced you to our new office in Copenhagen. Well the good news keeps on coming!
A few days ago, we launched a 2 month long Baltic Sea expedition – and we want you to be able to share in the experience. That is why we’ve created a special section of our website that will include the latest pictures and updates, including on-board diaries, from our experts!
So here’s the deal: Oceana is participating in a contest hosted by National Geographic Germany – and we need your help for a chance to win €30,000 for our work to protect the Balearic Seamounts.
Since some of you may not speak German, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of what you need to do to vote for our project:
Today was a big day for us – we presented our proposal to protect 15% of the marine area around the Canary Islands. If our proposal is accepted, it would multiply the current protected area by 100.
Even though we’ve been conducting at-sea expeditions for years, the incredible beauty of what lies beneath the waves still takes our breath away.
Like many of you we’ve been glued to the television watching the news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week leaving destruction and death in its wake.
The fate of several damaged nuclear power plants are now a cause of great concern and explosions and radiation leaks are being closely monitored.
Our photographer captured this amazing shot of a golden anemone last year in Cap Blanc, Mallorca (Balearic Islands).
Last week the Spanish and Balearic governments announced their commitment to protect the seamounts of the Channel of Mallorca – one of the areas in the Spanish Mediterranean with the highest biodiversity levels.
We’d like to let you all know that we recently opened a new office in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is focusing exclusively on the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic is a unique environment with highly valuable biodiversity, but pollution, destructive fishing practices and poorly managed marine protected areas continue to threaten the richness and resilience of the sea. Oceana’s long-term project is aimed at halting damaging fishing practices and improving the network of marine protected areas.
Mackerel’s been quite a hot topic over the past few months. You may remember last year’s “Mackerel Wars” between Iceland (and the Faroe Islands) and the EU.
Unfortunately, Mackerel isn’t only overfished up north. The Commission recently reprimanded Spain for going over its 2010 allocated mackerel quota by 79% or 19,621 tons. The Spanish fleet’s blatant disregard of the regulations in place only serves to highlight the government’s passiveness and inability to control the sector.
The lack of compliance with fishing agreements not only puts the conservation of mackerel stocks in danger, but also leads to serious socioeconomic consequences for the sector and associated industries.