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After a whole day working with the ROV and a couple of interesting dives, during which we saw groups of orange roughies, we return to port. We hear thumping sounds coming from the horizon as we get close to the dock. It’s Saint John’s Day, the night of bonfires to celebrate the beginning of summer. Some people think celebration means turning up the decibels and sowing the beach with plastic, including bottles, bags, cans and other garbage. No comment.

El Oceana Ranger tiene desde ayer nuevos ocupantes: nuestro Director de Investigación -Ricardo Aguilar-, el ROV (robot submarino) y la primera tanda de grumetes procedentes de la oficina que venimos a realizar tareas de cualificación moderada, y a ver si se nos pega algo. La jornada ha comenzado a las 7 de la mañana. Vamos a estudiar el Seco de los Olivos, una montaña submarina frente a Almería que Oceana ya exploró en 2007 y que con los datos que recojamos ahora dentro del proyecto europeo INDEMARES se convertirá en un espacio protegido de la Red Natura 2000.

Today it’s all about last-day expectations. All important discussions have been put off for today’s plenary. The reopening of the bluefin tuna, sharks and corals debates will depend upon the support of the parties. Today we may obtain more protection for more species… or be doomed to lose them.

Finally CITES failed to ban the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna and implement international trade regulations for eight shark species and 31 species of red and pink coral, all of which are essential to the oceans, livelihoods and local economies. A tragedy for the Oceans.