Blog: Oceans

Big Miracle: why saving whales means saving the Arctic

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2012 at 9:48am - Comments

The film is inspired by a true story. I’m not going to recount it in detail here, as others have done that  much more splendidly than I can.  But in a nutshell, Drew’s character was involved in an international effort to save some gray whales which became trapped in Arctic ice.

Tuna bluewash? Bolton’s fishy commitments

Posted by simon clydesdale — 30 January 2012 at 12:19pm - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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Tuna giant Bolton says it will be '100% sustainable' by 2017, but how?

After the huge success of our UK tinned tuna campaign, described by the Independent as "one of the most successful environmental campaigns in years", it was great to hear a big European tuna brand - Bolton commit to completely clean up its act.

Senegalese fishermen fight back against factory fishing

Posted by Alicia C — 27 January 2012 at 4:38pm - Comments
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Senegalese fisherman join Greenpeace campaigners in defending fish stocks from industrial trawlers

In the run up to the Senegalese presidential elections, Youssou N’dour isn’t the only controversial show on the road. Last week, a caravan tour organised by the small-scale fishing sector and our colleagues in Greenpeace Africa, called on presidential candidates to take urgent action against foreign super trawlers.  

This is how much you pay EU super trawlers to empty African waters

Posted by Alicia C — 23 December 2011 at 11:29am - Comments
Activists paint Europe’s largest factory fishing vessels in the port of IJmuiden
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Floating fish factories are plundering fish stocks off West Africa

Our friends in Greenpeace Holland have today painted the sides of three of Europe’s largest factory fishing vessels in the port of IJmuiden, identifying the amount of EU subsidies these ships have received - subsidies which enable them to plunder the waters of West Africa.

This is the best meal of my life

Posted by tracy — 21 December 2011 at 11:00am - Comments

That’s what I heard above the chatter as the crew finished the fifth course – Bream served with red tea, orange and chocolate – prepared by the creative and expert hands of Diego Guerrero.

Greenpeace and fishermen deliver 10,000 ‘fishy wishes’ to Cameron

Posted by Ariana Densham — 16 December 2011 at 10:52am - Comments
Greepeace and Nufta hand in CFP petition to Downing Street
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David Ritter, Ariana Densham (Greenpeace), Jerry Percy and Paul Joy (NUTFA) and Ian Campbell (Ocean 2012)

Something unprecedented happened yesterday. Greenpeace campaigners and part of the UK fishing industry came together to deliver 10,000 messages from Greenpeace supporters about the need for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to Number 10.  

How big is yours?

Posted by Saskia — 15 December 2011 at 11:37am - Comments

No, not that. Your fishing fleet… how big is your fishing fleet? No idea? It seems that European governments don’t know either. That’s quite a problem when size is at the heart of our overfishing problems.

Notorious Spanish fishing baron brought to justice

Posted by Ariana Densham — 4 December 2011 at 9:33am - Comments
Antonio Vidal Pego - boss of the Spanish fishing family operation
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Antonio "Toño" Vidal Pego was the focus of our recent investigations

Finally some good news for our seas.  Toño, the head of the Vidal family network, and focus of our recent investigation in to illegal fishing and subsides in Spain was found guilty of fraud and condemned to one year and eight months in prison.

The video the global tuna industry doesn’t want you to see

Posted by simon clydesdale — 17 November 2011 at 1:22pm - Comments

Today we've released shocking footage of ocean life dying in gruesome ways at the hands of industrial tuna fishers in the Pacific Ocean. The footage was shot by a New Zealand helicopter pilot turned whistleblower, who undertook aerial reconnaissance for tuna boats in the Pacific in 2009.

Vegetarians won’t change the fishing industry

Posted by Willie — 24 October 2011 at 1:35pm - Comments
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Without fail, anytime I blog about more sustainable fish there will be at least one comment along the lines of ‘go vegan’ or ‘no one needs to eat fish anyway!’ That is of course fine and a viewpoint I (as a vegetarian of 25 years and counting) can certainly sympathise with.

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