Blog: Oceans

It's time for Mauritius to take ownership of its waters

Posted by simon clydesdale — 17 October 2012 at 11:07am - Comments
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Greenpeace members meet with local artisanal fishermen in Mauritius

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has spent the past few days hosting all the key players in one of the Indian Ocean’s prime tuna hubs – Port Louis in Mauritius.

Never again in our oceans!

Posted by Bakary Coulibaly — 12 October 2012 at 2:17pm - Comments
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If there was ever a scandal that needed definitive action to be taken against those responsible for it, it is the issue of fishing permits in Senegal between March 2010 and April 2012. The effects of large factory trawlers that were granted permission to plunder Senegalese waters during this time, are still being felt by local communities.

From Falmouth to Aldeburgh: The Coast to Coast “Be a Fisherman’s Friend” Tour

Posted by Cristiana — 9 October 2012 at 12:19pm - Comments
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It all started in Cornwall in the fishing village of Falmouth, where 'Clarence' the Cod made his first appearance at the Sea Shanty Festival and wowed the crowds on stage with the Fisherman’s Friends Band.

Life Loves Living

Posted by Mike Baillie — 4 October 2012 at 4:29pm - Comments
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Not a dolphin, but a pygmy blue whale that breaks the surface in the waters 250 miles west of Maputo, Mozambique.

You’ll see it best on the darkest nights. When the moon is empty and clouds cover the stars – that’s when the ocean and algae collude. Like the Arctic’s Northern Lights, this is one of those natural phenomena that leave you giddy, wide-eyed in wonder: Psychedelic dolphins. 

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.

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