Blog: Oceans

The next UK government promises to be an ocean champion

Posted by Willie — 20 April 2015 at 11:23am - Comments
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Here’s a prediction: the next UK government will do great things for global marine protection.

At this stage in a general election campaign it’s sometimes hard to find something that politicians wearing differently coloured rosettes can agree on, but with an unprecedented bunch of manifesto commitments, there’s a growing certainty that the next UK government will be an ocean champion.

Why does Greenpeace care about the Modern Slavery Act?

Posted by Daniel Jones — 31 March 2015 at 11:26am - Comments
Graphic saying 29.8 million people are in slavery in the world today
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Global Slavery Index figures estimate almost 30 million people are still in slavery today

The Thai coastline has become a haven for young western tourists drawn by the pulls of warm weather, beautiful beaches and exciting new experiences. But only a matter of miles out to sea this idyllic image is offset by a different and altogether more harrowing setting, but one that the Modern Slavery Act will hopefully help make a thing of the past.

In pictures: Every drop matters, it's World Water Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 March 2015 at 6:12pm - Comments
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Waterfall in Papua New Guinea

When you put the kettle on for your morning coffee, spare a minute to think about World Water Day. Water is essential to life, yet nearly 750 million people are without access to clean drinking water or improved sanitation.<--break->

Illegal fishing coming to waters near you

Posted by Ariana Densham — 17 March 2015 at 2:32pm - Comments
Illegal fishing for Patagonian toothfish in Antarctic waters
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Crew members aboard the Kunlun fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean haul in a Patagonian toothfish

Illegal fishing is a global problem. Between  €9 - €23 billion is lost every year to illegal fishing and often as a result of international organised crime. Previously, imports of illegal fishing products into the EU were estimated at €1.1 billion. It is often linked to environmental crimes which damage marine habitats and animals, not to mention food insecurity in developing countries, human, drugs and arms trafficking, as well as forced labour on board fishing vessels.

Illegal fishing can happen anywhere and at anytime and last week there were two very interesting developments both at home and abroad. 

Krill-gotten gains to fund Antarctic research

Posted by Willie — 25 February 2015 at 12:42am - Comments
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Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.

Scientific research and conservation need more cash. That’s sadly usually true. It’s especially the case in the Antarctic where research is expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening there.

But although new streams of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it’s also important to question where that funding comes from. After all, there’s just a sliver of a chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of greenwashing.

Challenging the UK government to lead the world in ocean protection.

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2015 at 5:02pm - Comments
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If I said to you that the UK government was responsible for rare sea turtles, endangered sharks, tropical coral reefs and quite possibly more penguins than any other country, you might think I was talking about some aquariums or zoos. It’s certainly not what you think about in UK seas, especially at this grey time of year (though of course we do have visiting turtles, many shark species, cold water corals, and puffins as penguin-wannabes). But across the world the UK has ‘overseas territories’. They are relics of a turbulent past when flags were planted across the world, and mostly, these days, they are islands – like Bermuda, Pitcairn, and Ascension. So, in turn, the amazing wildlife in the seas around these islands is effectively ‘British’.

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

Posted by Ariana Densham — 23 January 2015 at 3:59pm - 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 1:29pm - 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 2:59pm - 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 1:43pm - 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.

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