Blog: Oceans

Why we’re taking the government to court over fishing quota

Posted by Ariana Densham — 23 January 2015 at 2:59pm - Comments
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The UKs largest fishing vessel and quota holder the Cornelis Vrolijk

Just what will it take for this government to give a better deal for the UK’s local, sustainable fishermen? Over the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you campaigned to demand our MEPs and ministers deliver a new set of laws to support fair, sustainable fishing.

And we won! 

2014 was big. Let's make 2015 even bigger!

Posted by Anonymous — 9 January 2015 at 12:29pm - Comments
Thanks for your support in 2014
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Thanks for your support this year

We want to say a huge thanks for your dedication and support over the last year. And, to show how truly amazing you are we created this short film.

Last chance to save the vaquita?

Posted by Willie — 24 November 2014 at 1:59pm - Comments
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Image of a vaquita model

The vaquita is a beastie with some remarkable claims to fame:

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
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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.

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