31 Aug '17, 11am

Oceana completes 5400-mile underwater study in the North Sea

Oceana scientists have wrapped up an eight-week, at-sea research cruise in the North Sea, surveying 15 areas of special conservation interest across the waters of the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway, covering 5400 miles (8700km). Oceana will now study the data collected at-sea to identify key areas that should be protected from human activity (such as excessive fishing, marine traffic or oil extraction), and be granted the status of marine protected area (MPA) by respective national authorities. During the North Sea 2017 Expedition, funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery and in collaboration with the North Sea Foundation , Oceana has used the latest technology to allow scientists to study and film marine life at the bottom of one of the world’s most productive yet troubled seas. “Underwater ecosystems, although out of sight for most of us, have an impact on...

Full article: http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/oceana-comp...

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