Blog: Oceans

In pictures: It's World Fisheries Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 21 November 2014 at 12:43pm - 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 5:08pm - 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 2:29pm - 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).

Cunning cephalopods: 8 sneaky squid, octopus and cuttlefish

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 9 October 2014 at 12:24pm - Comments
Octopus sitting on the sea bed
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Octopus celebrating Cephalopod Week

With cunning ways of evading predators and snaring their prey, cephalopods are the ninjas of our oceans. From the scary 'vampire squid from hell' to the adorable Dumbo octopus, here’s eight quirky ocean-dwellers which show why caring about these fascinating animals should go beyond #CephalopodWeek.

For the oceans - every week is Shark Week!

Posted by Willie — 7 August 2014 at 1:50pm - Comments
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‘Shark’:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.  #SharkWeek ramps up the public awareness around sharks, but it’s also a chance to reconsider and revalue these iconic, and undoubtedly awesome, ocean creatures.

The evidence flying over their heads

Posted by victoriah — 28 July 2014 at 10:18am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

Out in the water in the Arctic, the evidence of commercial fishing's impact is staring me in the face, with beady eyes.

Guillemot Central

Posted by Richard Page — 28 July 2014 at 10:18am - Comments
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For a birder there are few sights more exciting than a large cliff-side colony of breeding seabirds with all the noise and activity, the endless comings and goings. It would be impossible not to be impressed by the cliffs at Alkefjellet in Svalbard. The glacier ice is red in places a result of an algae living within the ice. Stretching from the entrance of a fjord and butting up to a glacier, this area is truly a living land and seascape.

Top 10 reasons to love the ocean

Posted by Willie — 23 July 2014 at 1:44pm - Comments
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We need to protect our beautiful oceans and the ecosystems within from overfishing and pollution (which you can help to do by adding your name to the petition to defend our oceans)

Why? Because they are home to a staggering 80% of life on Earth... but aside from that amazing fact, here are our top ten reasons to love the ocean:

Finally, a tinfoil hat that works.

Posted by victoriah — 22 July 2014 at 6:06pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Victoria Henry / Greenpeace

Four of us hunch over a screen with the radio operator. We're looking at AIS (Automatic Identification System) information, a tracking system used to locate vessels. 
In fact, anyone can see a basic version of this information online. But there's a reason we're freezing our arses off here in the Arctic rather than checking the information, slipper-clad, from our sofas. 

Championing coastal waters and communities

Posted by Nina Schrank — 16 July 2014 at 1:48pm - 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?

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