Blog: Oceans

6 amazing plastic bans from around the world

Posted by fiona.nicholls — 29 July 2016 at 5:19pm - Comments
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Turtle with plastic bag

Good news! Plastics ban across the world have been hitting the headlines lately.

From the US to India and Morocco, governing bodies are taking control of the plastic pollution problem, bringing in either complete bans on plastic, or bans on specific forms like polystyrene. 

From L’Oreal to Revlon, which brands are polluting the ocean with microbeads?

Posted by Elisabeth Whitebread — 21 July 2016 at 12:27pm - Comments
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(PS - it’s all of them!)<--break->

When wet wipes turn nasty!

Posted by fiona.nicholls — 20 July 2016 at 10:41am - Comments
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Guest blog by Emma Cunningham, Senior Pollution Campaigns Officer, Marine Conservation Society

Sainsbury’s tell us to “Taste The Difference” - now people are telling them to #StopTheIndifference

Posted by fiona.nicholls — 15 July 2016 at 4:33pm - Comments
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If you've visited Sainsbury’s during the last week, you may have noticed something a little different in the tuna aisle…<--break-> <--break->

Taking Action on Tuna

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 27 June 2016 at 3:04pm - Comments

Right now, only two per cent of John West tuna is sustainably caught. The rest is sourced from suppliers who use indiscriminate 'fish aggregation devices' (FADs), which see turtles and sharks killed as bycatch. What's happening out at sea – and being sold in our shops – is having a devastating toll on the marine environment. This is why all of us are so determined to transform the tuna industry.


The Good Scrub Guide and other simple ways to beat the microbead

Posted by fiona.nicholls — 27 June 2016 at 2:22pm - Comments
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Guest blog by Daniel Steadman of Fauna & Flora International<--break-><--break-><--break->

In Pictures: Celebrate, it's #SharkWeek!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 24 June 2016 at 5:11pm - Comments

Every year the Discovery Channel dedicates a week to these amazing carnivorous fish. What a great opportunity to share a few of our archive pictures showing what magnificent creatures sharks are and highlighting the threats they face.<--break->

Microbeads - the story so far….

Posted by Elisabeth Whitebread — 21 June 2016 at 5:17pm - Comments
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Microbeads on a fingertip illustrating just how tiny they are

Last Wednesday on World Oceans Day we handed our microbeads petition into Number 10. Over 300,000 of you signed the petition - one of the biggest petitions in Greenpeace UK’s history! This is the story of the campaign so far.

Orange roughy – a ‘sustainable’ fish certification too far.

Posted by Willie — 21 June 2016 at 2:55pm - Comments
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orange roughy illustration

Orange roughy are easy to over fish. So, humans do. But that doesn't seem to be stopping moves to re-define them as 'sustainable' by the Marine Stewardship Council.

True, when we started fishing orange roughy we didn’t know that this slow-growing, long-lived, deep water fish was particularly susceptible. But now we definitely do. Orange roughy can live to a staggering 150 years old, and are at least 30 years old before they are mature enough to breed. To put that into context: there are probably orange roughy alive today that were born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, and they take about 10 times longer to mature than Atlantic cod.

Can the Cosmetics Industry help win a microbead ban?

Posted by FariahSyed — 13 June 2016 at 11:34am - Comments
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On World Oceans Day, while we handed in our BanTheBead petition, I took a trip down to Parliament to attend the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) inquiry into the environmental impact of microplastics. The EAC is a group of MPs from all parties who come together to review and attempt to resolve environmental issues such as climate change, flooding and air quality and last Wednesday, they looked at microplastics.<--break->

 

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