Blog: Oceans

We want the politicians to come and get their feet wet

Posted by Fran G — 4 October 2012 at 10:49am - Comments

Luís comes from a family of fishermen. His great-grandfather started fishing in the tiny village of Cabo de Gata, near Almería, Spain, many years ago. Today, Luís is teaching is son the ropes. He's the first of the fifth generation of fishermen from this family.

Two-week Surveillance with Mozambique Govt Comes to an End

Posted by Fran G — 24 September 2012 at 2:09pm - Comments

Today our cooperation with Mozambique’s Ministry of Fisheries comes to an end after two weeks. As part of a ship tour of the Indian Ocean with the Rainbow Warrior that started in Mozambique, we have been patrolling a large portion of Mozambique’s waters and facilitating inspections of foreign fishing vessels that are targeting mainly tuna and endangered sharks.

Senegal's catch of a lifetime

Posted by Fran G — 30 August 2012 at 9:07am - Comments


The local fishing community in Thiaroye, Dakar, is celebrating. Since the new Senegalese government took action to stop overfishing, fisheries in the region are slowly regenerating, and fishermen are returning home with healthier catches.

A shared vision with UK fishermen to ensure a future for fishing

Posted by Alicia C — 8 August 2012 at 11:33am - Comments
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Cornish fisherman, Ben, with Greenpeace campaigner, Alicia, raising the Be a Fisherman's Friend campaign flag

This year, as we've been working closely with UK small scale fishermen, one thing has become abundantly clear: the EU Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, is not working. Full stop.

Have you ever seen a cod dancing and a mackerel making friends on the beach?

Posted by Cristiana — 30 July 2012 at 4:42pm - Comments
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Greenpeace volunteers and members of a sea shanty band

My colleague Alicia and I recently had the great opportunity of travelling down from the Greenpeace office to Falmouth to meet the amazing all-female Cornwall group composed of Vicky, Helen, Leila, Lisa and Becky. They were accompanied by Clarence the Cod (aka Colin – the only man in the group) to spread their contagious enthusiasm for our Be a Fisherman’s Friend campaign to the public.

Biggest fine in maritime history for Spanish fishing barons in UK

Posted by Ariana Densham — 26 July 2012 at 5:00pm - Comments
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Vidal family members arrive in court

I don’t know what I expected notorious Spanish fishing barons to look like. Strapping and medallioned, with deep tans and fancy wrist watches? Or sinewy, wiry and sly? In any case, the four defendants (three men and one woman) looked like fairly normal folk, if a little perplexed by the throngs of local and national media wielding cameras and questions outside the Truro Courthouse in Cornwall.

Why do Europe’s taxpayers fund overfishing overseas?

Posted by Willie — 10 July 2012 at 3:13pm - Comments
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Dutch super trawler in West Africa

Q: What do you do when you run out of fish?

A: go catch someone else’s!

Cheeky perhaps, but that is the gist of what is referred to in European fishy politics circles as ‘The External Dimension’. Although it sounds like something from sci-fi, this is quite simply European fishing boats catching fish in non-European waters. Earlier this year I joined a Greenpeace ship in West Africa to see the scale of this first hand. It’s a pretty big deal, in every sense.

Recovery for Europe’s fisheries, or just wishful thinking?

Posted by Willie — 4 July 2012 at 11:51am - Comments
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Basic first aid tells you the most important thing to do is not cause any more harm: don’t make things worse. That makes sense, of course, but if you happen upon someone lying bleeding on the pavement, simply not kicking them on the way past isn’t really a good enough reaction.

I’ve been struggling for analogies to use, ways to try and explain just what is so bad about the recent EU Council ‘agreement’ on fish stocks.

A big step forward for our oceans

Posted by Fran G — 28 June 2012 at 2:07pm - Comments
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For a long time organisations like Greenpeace, backed by people like you, have been calling for stronger protection of our oceans.

Last week showed our voices were heard. The Australian environment minister Tony Burke announced what is a genuinely significant step forward for ocean protection, not only for Australia, but in global terms. 

Guest blog: Juliet Eilperin travels through the hidden world of sharks

Posted by hayley.baker — 21 June 2012 at 4:42pm - Comments
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Juliet Eilperin, pictured in Belize is national environmental reporter for the Washington Post

As summer begins, sharks are on many people’s minds. People are thinking about them, however, in radically different ways.

Many beachgoers view sharks with trepidation, especially after 30-year old Ian Redmond was killed in a shark strike last year while honeymooning in the Seychelles. But for many of the world’s leaders, this may be the time when they’re preparing to rethink the shark.

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