Blog: Oceans

Japan to defy UN court and continue whaling

Posted by Junichi Sato - 18 April 2014 at 10:13pm - Comments
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"Scientific research"

There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales.

Transforming Europe’s fishing policy – the end and the beginning

Posted by Willie - 16 April 2014 at 10:27am - Comments
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Every ten years the European Union’s set of laws on fishing, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), gets an overhaul. Today sees that process get its final approval and rubber-stamping from Members of the European Parliament, as they formally approve the last piece of legislation. So it’s a good time to pause and take stock on what CFP reform means, and why this time round has been a game-changer.

Ten dolphin facts for National Dolphin Day

Posted by Willie - 14 April 2014 at 3:04pm - Comments
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So, today is National Dolphin Day. Of course dolphins seem happy every day – but here are ten special things you might not know about the ocean's biggest grinners:

Breaking: Tesco backs down and Oriental & Pacific cleans up

Posted by Ariana Densham - 10 April 2014 at 1:27pm - Comments
Olive Ridley turtle in the Pacific Ocean
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Olive Ridley turtle in the Pacific Ocean

I’m so happy to announce that after we released our 2014 tuna league table, and after all your emails, tweets and calls to Tesco over the last few weeks – we have a fantastic victory. The manufacturer of Oriental & Pacific tuna has agreed to our demands. This means that fewer sharks, turtles and rays will be killed as a result of the method used to fish this tuna.

BREAKING: Japan’s ‘research whaling’ ruled illegal by International Court of Justice

Posted by Tom G - 31 March 2014 at 11:29am - Comments
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Yes, you can jump for joy!

Whales everywhere will be jumping for joy today. Why? Japan’s sham ‘scientific whaling’ programme has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court!

IPCC's global warning means it’s time to get serious about protecting our oceans

Posted by Willie - 31 March 2014 at 11:10am - Comments
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We know climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet, which is why it is Greenpeace’s priority campaign across the world. Today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s highlights the enormous impacts and consequences climate change is having on our oceans. This must act as a wake-up call for everyone who depends on, or cares about our oceans and the vast array of life within them.

These are the most important messages from report - and they mean for our oceans.

3 ways Tesco is lying to its customers

Posted by Ariana Densham - 28 March 2014 at 6:49pm - Comments
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Busted: Tesco are dishing out fishy lies again. And they’re hoping that we’ll all swallow it, hook, line and sinker.

In pictures: Over 30 years of anti-whaling campaigning

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 28 March 2014 at 3:45pm - Comments
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A sperm whale

It’s decision time today for the future of the giant mammal as a U.N. top court rules whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic. Australia has asked the International Court of Justice to stop Japan’s whale hunt claiming their program is not scientific but commercial, because of its large scale.<--break->

Why Greenpeace can't - and won't - endorse farmed salmon

Posted by Willie - 21 March 2014 at 4:13pm - Comments
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Greenpeace doesn’t endorse farmed salmon. There you go, that’s it in black and white. Next time you see someone say we do – feel free to forward a link to this blog-post.

I’m writing this to set the record straight after a few instances of producers and retailers (and even the occasional NGO) wilfully misrepresenting us as having supported, endorsed, or given their salmon farming some sort of ‘best practice award’.

"Why are sharks, turtles and rays more important than tuna?"

Posted by Willie - 20 March 2014 at 11:32am - Comments
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Is this shark more important than the other fish?

Here’s a question which has cropped up from some supporters about our work on tinned tuna.

‘Why are sharks, turtles and rays more important than tuna?’

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