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Famous as a destination for water activities- such as diving, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking- Mergui Archipelago is a group of 800 deserted islands in the Andaman Sea, in Myanmar’s deep south.   It is also home to the Moken semi-nomadic tribe living on and off the sea.

It is said that the Moken, or “sea gypsies”, have migrated to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia from China around 4 thousand years ago. Their life is dominated in greater part by fishing and it’s the ocean feeding the Moken people: “Everything happens at sea. The ocean is our universe”.

2015 began in style for Oceana’s campaigners with an OSPAR meeting, hosted by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in Gijón, the biggest city in the region of Asturias in the northern part of Spain. The Working Group on Protection of Species and Habitats (POSH) gathered for the first time to advance the work of the OSPAR Commission on protecting declining species and habitats in the North-East Atlantic.

On Tuesday night, decisions on fishing quotas in the North East Atlantic for 2015 were set by the EU ministers in Brussels. The conservation organizations, however, strongly denounce the results of which 56 per cent were not in adherence to scientific advice. And so, in the case of North Atlantic cod, the ministers decided to actually increase catches by 5 per cent, whereas scientific organizations recommended a 20 per cent reduction.

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