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Habitat Protection: Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the world’s most culturally important bodies of water and for centuries, it has been the home and primary source of food for millions of people.

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May, 2014

Elegida entre las 10 especies del año una descubierta por Oceana

El Instituto Internacional para la Exploración de las Especies de la Universidad del Estado de Nueva York (IISE-SUNY) incluye Spiculosiphon oceana en el top 10 de las Nuevas especies de 2014. Esta nueva especie fue hallada durante la expedición 2012 del Oceana Ranger en el Seco de Palos, en la costa de Murcia. S. oceana es un organismo unicelular que alcanza 4 cm de largo y parece una esponja carnívora. El protozoo fue identificado gracias a la colaboración del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Leer el comunicado del descubrimiento.

December, 2013

Mediterranean Deep-Sea Corals Protected

Mediterranean countries and the EU decided to protect 11 species of deep-sea corals at the 18th COP to the Barcelona Convention. They also decided to implement the Action Plan on Dark Habitats, a scientific document drafted in part by Oceana, which will enable the creation of marine protected areas in deep-sea habitats like seamounts, submarine canyons, and caves. Many of these deep-sea habitats are unprotected, despite being extremely vulnerable to human activities like pollution, overfishing, and climate change.

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June, 2009

Spain will protect marine habitats

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5th and to implement the European Union’s commitment with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Spanish government announced the creation of ten new Marine Protected Areas in Spain’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Oceana has played a key role in identifying and proposing protections for marine areas of interest in an effort led by the Spanish government to implement the European Union’s biodiversity goals.

February, 2009

The European Court of Justice formally ruled against France for its failure to control the illegal use by its fleet of driftnets in the Mediterranean.

The Court also formally denied France’s request to consider future exemptions for its fleet from the EU driftnet ban.  In Italy, the Calabrian prosecutor formally charged several driftnetters for illegal activities and has since kept them ashore under house arrest. 

February, 2008

Banning Mediterranean driftnetting

After Oceana showed that some fishing ships continued to use illegal fishing gear, the European Court of Justice rejected further requests by the French government for exemptions from the EU ban on driftnetting in the Mediterranean Sea. This ruling spares 25,000 juvenile bluefin tuna caught annually in the driftnets, along with thousands of other types of marine animals, including whales, dolphins, other marine mammals, seabirds and countless species of fish and sealife.


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