It has taken us some time, but 2018 marks the year Oceana has opened an office in the UK. Although we have been working on British waters in the past years, meeting with British politicians and stakeholders, and even organising events, we will now be based in London as well. And there is a major reason behind this — we believe we can make a difference and contribute to better marine conservation and more sustainable use of sea resources in the UK.
We are not only fact-based, but we also generate our own data thanks to our committed team of scientists. Oceana has been organising at-sea expeditions in Europe every year since 2005, garnering first-hand information with professional divers and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Actually, many of Oceana campaigners are also authors of scientific papers and our conservation proposals are based on an in-depth review of data in addition to our own findings.
You can learn more about our activities in British waters in the expeditions we undertook in the North Sea in 2016 in 2017. Where we filmed all kind of sea life, from seabirds and seals to tiny worms, including many of the fish we eat. Safeguarding this biodiversity will improve the resilience of marine environment.
Britain is surrounded by some of the most productive waters in Europe, and we are working hard to rebuild its fish stocks for the sake of the marine environment and the people who depend on it.
Research shows that sustainable fishing translates as more food, more fish and more jobs within just a few years. By making the right decisions, politicians can play a vital role in boosting the marine life and fish catches in British waters. The UK has an opportunity to increase its fish catches in a sustainable way, and Oceana will do its best to influence decision-makers—because, protecting the oceans requires a good legislation and brave political moves.
We want to contribute to a healthier marine environment in the UK and we look forward to working for more science and better policies.
Join us on this exciting trip!
Executive Director, Oceana Europe