Oceana

Oceana’s European headquarters, strategically located in Madrid due to Spain’s relevant role in terms of fishing fleet and marine surface, is conceived to catalyse campaign work throughout Europe.

Oceana’s main concern is not so much a lack of legislation, but the lack of suitable enforcement of current laws and regulations and the loopholes that prevent their effective application.

In terms of sustainable fisheries work, Oceana conducts EU-wide campaigns addressing EU policy as it applies to all Member States.

Oceana takes advantage of its offices in Madrid, Brussels and Copenhagen to work closely with National governments on improving their fisheries management.

Oceana’s long-term vision is consistent with the international commitment subscribed to by the EU and reflected in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy to restore fish stocks to Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) on a progressive and incremental basis by 2020.

Oceana’s campaign for increasing the surface protected in European seas focuses on ecosystems and species in all major European waters: the Mediterranean Sea, the North-East Atlantic Ocean, and the Baltic Sea.

One of Oceana’s unique strengths is the fact that we carry out strategic, at-sea research expeditions, using our own research vessel, to inform the development of marine conservation and management measures.Our capacity to conduct these expeditions, and to collect and process scientific information in collaboration with Member State authorities, research institutions, and other NGOs, is well proven. Since 2005, Oceana has conducted 27 expeditions in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Greek, Maltese, Lebanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Polish and German waters, with clear policy outcomes, particularly in relation to the creation and expansion of MPAs. Oceana has contributed directly to the protection of more than ten (10) million hectares within MPAs in Europe, and aided five Member States in meeting their commitments for marine biodiversity protection.

To date (as per December 2017), Oceana’s data have been used for the protection of nine MPAs in Spain and five MPAs in the Baltic Sea. Six more sites in Kattegat (Danish waters), four in Spain, and one in Portugal are at advanced stages in the process of protection, with strong commitments already stated by the relevant authorities, while five other proposed sites in the Baltic Sea and Spain are under consideration.

Oceana has also used its findings for Red List assessments of threatened European fishes, Mediterranean corals, and marine species in the Baltic, and to propose and advocate for specific measures that have been adopted to protect threatened habitats and species under EU Directives and Regional Seas Conventions (e.g., Barcelona Convention, OSPAR)

All our work contributes to our larger vision of healthy oceans playing a vital role in addressing the challenges of climate change and food security throughout the world.

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