Oceana proposal for Marine Protected Areas

Several scientific studies provide proof of the successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in enhancing biodiversity and benefiting sea life. MPAs provide threatened species and living breeding grounds a place to rebuild and flourish. For example, areas facing reduced pressure, where fisheries have been banned or restricted, have healthier communities and often host fish that … Read more

Oceana documents 350 species on the Gorringe Bank

The comprehensive collection of information is the result of over 60 hours of recording, filmed during 3 campaigns.  Oceana scientists have identified more than 350 species on the Gorringe seamount, located in Portuguese waters, 160 nautical miles south-west of Cape St Vincent. The documentation of this great biodiversity, undertaken with the support of the Foundation … Read more

Oceana to send evidence of illegal fishing in Cabrera to the EU

Oceana has documented the presence of these protected habitats in areas devastated by illegal fishing gears around Cabrera (Balearic Islands) Oceana will send to the EU evidence found of illegal fishing activity in the area surrounding Cabrera and south Majorca, filing a claim against Spain for breach of the  Council Regulation (EC) No. 1967/2006 for … Read more

Oceana discovers a new mediterranean habitat in a area threatened by oil exploration

The European Commission has asked Spain what environmental safeguards will be put in place in response to Cairn’s exploration project, which ignored valuable marine ecosystems in its impact assessment. Oceana has discovered thousands of stony sponges (lithistidae order) on a small seamount between Valencia and Ibiza, where an oil exploration project will soon take place. … Read more

Oceana reaches a kilometre deep at the Emile Baudot escarpment

Cabrera National Park will be the first in Spain to include an escarpment if Oceana’s proposed extension is accepted. Oceana has captured the first images in existence of the Emile Baudot escarpment, located in an area south of the Balearic islands, which the marine conservation organisation proposes should be incorporated into Cabrera National Park. The … Read more

Oceana discovers a carnivorous sponge in Andalusia, Spain

The project carried out by Oceana in collaboration with the Fundación Biodiversidad contributes new data to marine research. A small yet interesting carnivorous sponge has been discovered by Oceana on a seamount located 10 miles from the coast of Almeria (Spain), known as “Seco de los Olivos”. It is the first time this species, scientifically … Read more