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Caretta carettaWe’ve decided to start a new tradition on this blog: every Friday, we’ll share with you a picture of some of the amazing flora and fauna we are fighting so hard to protect and give you a little background on the threats it is facing. We have the advantage of having a terrific team of photographers who participate in our at-sea expeditions, so we might as well use it to help our supporters better understand what we’re doing.

Meet “turtle” – we found him swimming near the surface of the water off the coast of Sardinia, Italy.

Endangered turtles are often caught unintentionally, as bycatch by fishing vessels using nets, including driftnets, that don’t discriminate. Driftnets were banned by the EU in 2002, but unfortunately not all fleets are abiding by the rule. As recently as last year, Oceana’s team of observers found vessels in the port of Bagnara Calabra (in Italy) that were still using the gear.

In our effort to interact with our supporters more, it occurred to us that not everyone may  be aware of the different ways in which to stay up to date with our work and get up to speed on the many issues in marine conservation.

Our first giveaway contest came to a close last week, and the winners are (drumroll please)…..
Tom Hoseason from the UK, Magdalena from Austria and Rosa Morant, Rafael Fosela and José Manuel Pena,  from Spain

Thank you all so much for your support of our work.

You’ll be receiving your gift bags shortly. We hope you enjoy them!

By now we hope you’ve all had a chance to ease into 2011. It’s going to be a big one for us here at Oceana Europe and we are gearing up for it.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting some of the issues we’ll be focusing on throughout the year.

One thing we are committing to doing better this year is connecting with our supporters, be it via twitter, facebook, or this blog. The latter of which, as you may have noticed has been upgraded to feature an RSS feed option and a comments section among others.

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