Expeditions Archive - Oceana Europe

Oceana expedition in the Alboran Sea

The Ranger sails once again, carrying out an at-sea expedition to document coastal and deep-water plastic pollution and evidence of bottom trawling inside marine protected areas in the Alboran Sea. Located south-east of the Iberian Peninsula, the sea is a well-known biodiversity hotspot between Spain and Morocco, with incredible ocean productivity generated by the unique interactions of Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. Key ecosystems are … Read more

Seafloor Plastics Survey 2020

  The Ranger is back at sea. For fifteen years, the organisation has explored the world’s oceans and always found litter at the bottom of the sea, even if that was not the main objective of the research. That is why now the Ranger and its crew go on a mission to conduct a five-day at-sea survey to … Read more

Quark Expedition 2018

  End of Oceana’s Quark Expedition 2018 from Oceana on Vimeo.   The Quark (also called Kvarken in English and Swedish, and Merenkurkku in Finnish) is a narrow strait in the Gulf of Bothnia that separates Finland and Sweden. The area is one of the few places in the world where land literally “springs up … Read more

Aeolian Islands Expedition 2018

The final video Aeolians 2018 from Oceana on Vimeo. Italy’s Aeolian archipelago is a group of seven volcanic islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, to the north of Sicily. The waters here are home to emblematic species like loggerhead sea turtle, sperm whale, swordfish, and bluefin tuna, and to rare habitats, such as deep-sea hydrothermal … Read more

North Sea Expedition 2017

NORTH SEA EXPEDITION 2017 – Highlights from Oceana on Vimeo. Oceana’s marine scientists undertook the second ocean expedition to the North Sea. The two-month research project, generously funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands) documented seafloor habitats and species in 16 areas of interest. The overall goal of the ongoing study is to strengthen … Read more

Deep-Sea Lebanon 2016

In October of 2016, Oceana embarked on a 1-month at-sea expedition in the Mediterranean Sea to document and explore submarine canyons and deep-sea areas in Lebanese waters. This was Oceana Europe’s 25th expedition in 13 years and the fourth expedition in 2016. The expedition was the first that conducted research in the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. The main objective of this expedition … Read more

North Sea Expedition 2016

NORTH SEA EXPEDITION 2016 – Highlights from Oceana on Vimeo. Oceana’s marine scientists undertook a two-month, at-sea expedition to document seafloor habitats and species in the North Sea, with the goal of strengthening the network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the region. The expedition, Oceana’s 26th in Europe, marked the first time we surveyed the North Sea. Our expedition … Read more

Atlantic and Mediterranean Expeditions

The Ranger is a vital piece of Oceana’s campaign work in Europe. Custom-made in 1986 as a hospital ship, the Ranger was donated to Oceana by board member Steve McAllister. Since then, its crews have sailed from the Pacific to the Mediterranean doing invaluable research and documenting illegal fishing, habitats and marine species and evaluating … Read more

2016: LIFE BaĦAR Expedition

Oceana – Malta 2016: Expedition LIFE BaĦAR – Highlights from Oceana on Vimeo. The LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project was set to establish a coherent network of marine protected areas in Malta by 2018. As part of the project, Oceana’s conducted to at-sea expeditions in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Both expeditions used Oceana’s research vessel, … Read more

Baltic Expeditions

Oceana scientists and marine investigators undertake at-sea expeditions to document Baltic Sea habitats, species and fisheries. Divers and underwater robots (ROVs) help them gather evidence to support the protection of areas of ecological interest and information on illegal fishing. Upon conclusion of the expeditions, Oceana publishes reports and GIS maps that include all relevant findings. … Read more