Blog: Oceans

Championing coastal waters and communities

Posted by Nina Schrank - 16 July 2014 at 2:48pm - Comments
Cornish fisherman with his catch of the day
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A Sennen Cove fisherman with his catch of the day

While my colleagues have been doing big, bold and brash things like confronting oil drilling in the Arctic and taking on Tescos over their slipped commitments on sustainable tuna, I was reading reports by the European Commission and poring over the minute details of European Regulation. Doesn’t sound very Greenpeace, does it?

The final countdown: we’re on the road to clean tuna

Posted by Ariana Densham - 13 June 2014 at 1:15pm - Comments
Skipjack Tuna in East Pacific Ocean
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Skipjack Tuna in East Pacific Ocean

If they thought they had avoided Greenpeace’s scrutiny, they were wrong. For the first time, we are checking what’s in the tuna tins in Aldi, Lidl, Ocado, Iceland, Budgens and Booths. They join a growing list of supermarkets we’ve surveyed about the tuna they use in their tins, and how it’s caught. 

Great news on tuna from UK supermarkets

Posted by Ariana Densham - 23 May 2014 at 11:45am - Comments
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Green turtle swimming in the Maldives

Can you see the sharks shaking their tail fins and turtles clapping their flippers? CAN you?!

They’re doing their happy dance because of the recent good news from Asda. 

The supermarket – which is part of the global Walmart group - has committed to applying the same sustainability standards to all the brands of tinned tuna they sell, not just their own brand.

Ocean heroes in a half shell: it’s World Turtle Day!

Posted by Willie - 23 May 2014 at 12:12am - Comments
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Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts, and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land to lay eggs.

They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.

Today is World Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?

In pictures: Turtally devoted to you: Happy World Turtle Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 23 May 2014 at 12:10am - Comments
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A Hawksbill turtle on Apo Island, internationally acknowledged as a model community managed marine reserve.

Today is World Turtle Day, a great opportunity to celebrate some of the world’s oldest creatures as well as draw attention to the sea turtles' plight. Terrific turtles have been swimming the world's oceans for more than 100 million years, but now face many dangers as they travel the seas.

Celebrating island (wild) life

Posted by Willie - 22 May 2014 at 12:05am - Comments
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Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For 2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.

In pictures: It's World Tuna Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 2 May 2014 at 10:02am - Comments
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Captive bluefin tuna inside a transport cage which is being towed by a tug from fishing grounds in Libya to Tuna farms in Sicily, 2006.

Last Friday was the penguins' special day. Now this Friday is World Tuna day; and whilst the world's most popular fish might not be as cute as the waddling creatures, they are amazing wild species that are vital to the ocean ecosystem and deserve to have their story told.

Tuna are for life, not just for lunch.

Posted by Willie - 2 May 2014 at 12:00am - Comments
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Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

Name that tuna

Posted by Willie - 30 April 2014 at 1:51pm - Comments
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Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but beleaguered bluefins.

In pictures: flappy feet for World Penguin Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 25 April 2014 at 12:22am - Comments
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A penguin stands in front of a camera during Greenpeace's tour in the Southern Ocean

Today is World Penguin Day, what a good excuse to dig out all those cute, funny and sometimes thought-provoking photos of my favourite bird! The awareness day promotes the conservation of these amazing creatures and coincides with the northward migration of adelie penguins and their return to Antarctica after months spent at sea.<--break->

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