Blog: Oceans

In pictures: Every drop matters, it's World Water Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 March 2015 at 6:12pm - Comments
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Waterfall in Papua New Guinea

When you put the kettle on for your morning coffee, spare a minute to think about World Water Day. Water is essential to life, yet nearly 750 million people are without access to clean drinking water or improved sanitation.<--break->

Illegal fishing coming to waters near you

Posted by Ariana Densham — 17 March 2015 at 2:32pm - Comments
Illegal fishing for Patagonian toothfish in Antarctic waters
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Crew members aboard the Kunlun fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean haul in a Patagonian toothfish

Illegal fishing is a global problem. Between  €9 - €23 billion is lost every year to illegal fishing and often as a result of international organised crime. Previously, imports of illegal fishing products into the EU were estimated at €1.1 billion. It is often linked to environmental crimes which damage marine habitats and animals, not to mention food insecurity in developing countries, human, drugs and arms trafficking, as well as forced labour on board fishing vessels.

Illegal fishing can happen anywhere and at anytime and last week there were two very interesting developments both at home and abroad. 

Krill-gotten gains to fund Antarctic research

Posted by Willie — 25 February 2015 at 12:42am - Comments
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Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.

Scientific research and conservation need more cash. That’s sadly usually true. It’s especially the case in the Antarctic where research is expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening there.

But although new streams of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it’s also important to question where that funding comes from. After all, there’s just a sliver of a chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of greenwashing.

Challenging the UK government to lead the world in ocean protection.

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2015 at 5:02pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Enric Sala/Nat Geo

If I said to you that the UK government was responsible for rare sea turtles, endangered sharks, tropical coral reefs and quite possibly more penguins than any other country, you might think I was talking about some aquariums or zoos. It’s certainly not what you think about in UK seas, especially at this grey time of year (though of course we do have visiting turtles, many shark species, cold water corals, and puffins as penguin-wannabes). But across the world the UK has ‘overseas territories’. They are relics of a turbulent past when flags were planted across the world, and mostly, these days, they are islands – like Bermuda, Pitcairn, and Ascension. So, in turn, the amazing wildlife in the seas around these islands is effectively ‘British’.

Why we’re taking the government to court over fishing quota

Posted by Ariana Densham — 23 January 2015 at 3:59pm - Comments
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The UKs largest fishing vessel and quota holder the Cornelis Vrolijk

Just what will it take for this government to give a better deal for the UK’s local, sustainable fishermen? Over the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you campaigned to demand our MEPs and ministers deliver a new set of laws to support fair, sustainable fishing.

And we won! 

2014 was big. Let's make 2015 even bigger!

Posted by Anonymous — 9 January 2015 at 1:29pm - Comments
Thanks for your support in 2014
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Thanks for your support this year

We want to say a huge thanks for your dedication and support over the last year. And, to show how truly amazing you are we created this short film.

Last chance to save the vaquita?

Posted by Willie — 24 November 2014 at 2:59pm - Comments
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Image of a vaquita model

The vaquita is a beastie with some remarkable claims to fame:

In pictures: It's World Fisheries Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 21 November 2014 at 1:43pm - Comments
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Fishermen paddle out towards open waters in Pemba, Quirimbas, northern Mozambique

Fisherfolk communites around the world celebrate World Fisheries Day today highlighting the importance of sustainable management of fisheries and raising awareness about overfishing and habitat destruction.

Our Net Gain

Posted by Nina Schrank — 18 November 2014 at 6:08pm - Comments
'Save our fish' sign in Newlyn harbour, Cornwall
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View of Newlyn harbour in Cornwall

There’s everything to gain from healthy seas, fair fishing and thriving coastal communities. That’s why I’m excited to share the news about our new campaign, Our Net Gain.

This is all about rewarding sustainable fishing, and highlighting the injustice at the heart of the UK’s fishing quota system.

Is John West really “vehemently against” dirty tuna fishing?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 24 October 2014 at 3:29pm - Comments
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Will John West end their use of destructive tuna fishing that harms other marine life?

This is how John West responded after over 100,000 messages were sent demanding they stick to their promise to completely phase out fish aggregation devices (FADs).

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