Blog: Oceans

Why do whales strand on beaches?

Posted by Willie — 26 January 2016 at 12:19pm - Comments
Sperm whales washed up on skegness beach
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Sperm whales washed up on a Skegness beach

Shocking and sad images have been all over the media in the past few days as some massive sperm whales have washed up dead on British beaches. Normally humans and these deep water leviathans live far apart, so it’s understandable that we are surprised and distraught to encounter them like this. But why does it happen? And what can you do?

5 Small Things That Explain The Big Problem with Microbeads

Posted by India Thorogood — 18 January 2016 at 3:27pm - Comments

Wondering how you can get your friends to bin the dodgy plastic face scrubs? Want to get them to sign our petition to David Cameron? Here's 5 things that'll explain it all in no time at all.

1. This straight to the point cartoon:

What are microbeads and why should we ban them?

Posted by India Thorogood — 14 January 2016 at 11:57am - Comments
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Washed your face with an exfoliating face scrub recently? Brushed your teeth with some smooth mint toothpaste? Unfortunately then, you may have unknowingly used a product containing gross, polluting plastic. Although we’re often made to believe these products are good for us, both beauty experts and ethical campaigners are criticising the use of tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads.

New Year's plastic resolution: 5 simple ways to help the ocean.

Posted by Willie — 7 January 2016 at 11:22am - Comments
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The New Year’s storms have brought a lurid, unmissable reminder to UK beaches, with thousands of bright pink detergent bottles being churned up by the sea. As waves of highly-visible plastic trash hit British beaches, it’s a timely reminder of a much bigger problem: we are turning our oceans into plastic soup. It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT MILLION TONNES of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.

Cheap seafood costs too much in human suffering

Posted by Willie — 14 December 2015 at 12:09pm - Comments
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Children and teenagers sit together to be registered by officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.

About 8 years ago, I had the joy of doing a live news interview from a fish processing factory in Grimsby. Being in a fish processing factory in Grimsby was fine, it was wearing a hair net on national TV that wasn’t.

The story being discussed was seafood brand Young’s decision to ship UK-caught shrimp all the way to Thailand and back, a move that was ‘better’ in terms of CO2 emissions, and cheaper for consumers.

But what price do we pay for cheap seafood?

In pictures: A good catch, celebrate sustainable fishing on World Fisheries Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 20 November 2015 at 4:21pm - Comments
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Local Malagasi fishing boat in the port of Diego, Madagascar.

Every year on the 21 November fishing communities around the world celebrate World Fisheries Day and remind us that we need to ensure a healthy oceans ecosystem with plenty more fish swimming in the sea. More than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been overfished and unsustainable fishing methods like bottom trawling or the use of FAD's (Fish Aggregation Devices) threaten to deplete fish stocks.

A Government Minister just lobbied himself

Posted by Rukayah Sarumi — 19 November 2015 at 8:14am - Comments
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George Eustice and other parliamentary candidates back the Coastal Champions campaign in April 2015

The Fisheries Minister George Eustice just received a petition signed by himself, calling on himself to implement the measures George Eustice believes that George Eustice should take in redistributing fishing quota to small, sustainable, fishing vessels.

Exposed: The human cost of the tuna industry

Posted by India Thorogood — 5 November 2015 at 4:50pm - Comments
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“They called us soccer balls, meaning that we were under their feet and could be kicked anywhere”

“They were beaten until their arms and legs were broken”

Take the Challenge! Say no to John West!

Posted by Aakash Naik — 4 November 2015 at 12:26pm - Comments
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Hugh's not having anything from John West

What's in your sandwich? 

Brie and cranberry? falafel? coleslaw? Tuna?...Whatever you're munching into make sure it's nothing from John West! 

John West are John Worst when it comes to sustainability. Their dodgy fishing practices mean they catch a whole lot more than just tuna and even kill endangered species of sharks, rays and turtles

Seven Deadly Fins

Posted by Willie — 30 October 2015 at 3:01pm - Comments
Seven deadly fins - scary creatures from the deep sea
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Which ocean creature sends a shiver down your spine?

If you go down in the deep today, you might get a big surprise. At Hallowe’en the usual ghosts, ghouls and monsters are all-too-familiar. But if you want a real fright, you really need to see what’s lurking in the sea. 

So, prepare yourself as we introduce you to seven of the spookiest, kookiest and most sinister denizens of the deadly deep, deep sea.

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