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 reveals seafood fraud in Denmark
In a recent study carried out in Copenhagen, Denmark by Oceana, the Danish newspaper Søndagsavisen and the TV program “Go’Aften Danmark’, 120 samples of cod were collected from fishmongers, restaurants and supermarkets all over the city. Through DNA analysis, it was revealed that 18% of the cod sold in fishmongers was not actually cod, but haddock or saithe, which both have a cheaper market price. Seafood fraud is a widespread problem in Europe that is harmful to the environment, rips off the consumer and undermines conservation efforts by supporting unsustainable fishing activities.