Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species. Our offices in Europe, North America, Central America and South America work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.
Oceana in the Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea covers an area of 415,266 square kilometers in Northern Europe, and is almost entirely surrounded by nine different countries. The sea has a very unique brackish water environment. Sadly, it’s one of the most polluted seas in the world. Furthermore, destructive fishing practices – like trawling, high levels of by-catch and discards – have led to the degradation of its marine environment.
In 2011, we opened our Copenhagen office. Here, our team work to promote sustainable fisheries and to improve the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat. To achieve this, we combine marine environmental advocacy work with scientific at-sea investigations. Since 2011, we have conducted three Baltic Sea expeditions, leading to concrete proposals for 13 new MPAs in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat.
Oceana seeks more information on fish in poor condition
Oceana has conducted several at-sea expeditions worldwide with the aim of gathering biological data for the basis of increasing available knowledge, proposing new Marine Protected Areas and management measures. Since the startup of our Baltic Sea office we have conducted three expeditions in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat. Compared to expeditions conducted in other parts of the world, we have encountered a particularly high amount of dead fish and fish that appear to be abnormal, in poor condition or sick. We don’t know what the reason for this is, and it is not easy to pinpoint a specific cause. Help us to gather more information on this by reporting to [email protected] if you have encountered such incidents.