Blog: Oceans

What we need to do to stop the pointless waste of discarded fish

Posted by Willie - 24 February 2011 at 12:38pm - Comments
Now you see it...: cod caught in the North Sea and about to be discarded
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Now you see it...: cod caught in the North Sea and about to be discarded

Discards are disgusting. No-one with any sense can support the catching, killing, and throwing away of fish. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight – which Greenpeace has supported from the outset - has at long last made the waste of perfectly good fish a national outrage. It is a pointless waste of life, and potential resources. It’s abhorrent whether you eat fish or don’t.

Princes tuna: 'the tin full of sin'

Posted by jamie - 22 February 2011 at 5:40pm - Comments
Nice PR? Princes tinned tuna rebranded
All rights reserved. Credit: Alex Hofford/Greenpeace/B Darvill

Now I'm back in the office and finally warmed up after yesterday's trip to visit Princes in Liverpool, I've been able to browse through some of the slogan suggestions which have been sent in. There are some absolute crackers in the 1,000-plus ideas we've received.

Our sharks escape Princes HQ unharmed

Posted by tracy.frauzel - 21 February 2011 at 4:44pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace/Kristian Buus

Unfortunately I can't say the same for sharks in the oceans. They are getting caught up in Princes' nets along with other fish, rays and even turtles because Princes relies on fish aggregating devices (Fads) used with purse seine nets even though they know that's a sure-fire way to haul up plenty of bycatch along with the tuna.

Infographic - destructive tuna fishing

Posted by jamess - 21 February 2011 at 12:51pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

Have a look at this great infographic to understand how ocean destruction can end up in your can. Here's a higher resolution version.

Sharks ask Princes: if you found Nemo, would you kill him too?

Posted by jamie - 21 February 2011 at 9:17am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace/Kristian Buus

Update, 9 March 2011: both Princes and Asda have committed to removing tuna caught using fish aggregating devices in combination with purse seine nets from their supply chains by 2014. Read more >>

By the time you read this, I'll be at the head office of Princes in Liverpool where a frenzy of sharks is demanding an end (a fin-ish?) to the dreadful fishing methods that kill other marine species like sharks, rays and even turtles which Princes relies on for its tinned tuna.

Cracks starting to show - Japan's whaling fleet may leave Southern Ocean early

Posted by Willie - 16 February 2011 at 7:46pm - Comments
A Greenpeace boat tries to prevent whaling ship the Nisshin Maru refuelling in t
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A Greenpeace boat tries to prevent whaling ship the Nisshin Maru from refuelling in the Southern Ocean, 2008

In this day and age, commercial whaling is out-of-date and should be out-of-the-question. Sadly it isn’t, but maybe the news that the Japanese whaling fleet might be cutting short its stay in the Southern ocean is cause for some optimism.

Nobu: the celebrity restaurant still peddling endangered tuna

Posted by Willie - 11 February 2011 at 12:23pm - Comments
Celebrity-favourite sushi restaurant Nobu serves endangered bluefin tuna
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Celebrity-favourite sushi restaurant Nobu serves endangered bluefin tuna

This weekend Nobu Matsuhisa, the eponymous chef behind the celebrity-favourite restaurant Nobu, will be in London. For a mere £260 you could enjoy a unique dining experience, apparently. I wonder what’s on the menu. Delicious black rhino, perhaps? Or tasty Amur tiger? Maybe some melt-in-the-mouth mountain gorilla?

Japanese whaling will come to an end, the question is simply when

Posted by Junichi Sato - 2 February 2011 at 12:09pm - Comments
Workers unload whale meat from the Nisshin Maru
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Workers unload whale meat from the Nisshin Maru

On December 22, 2010 - the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) acknowledged and publicly apologised for embezzlement within the whaling industry. An official from the powerful agency gave a 90 degree bow of apology on national television and explained that five officers were being punished for accepting around 272,000 yen (approximately US$3,000) worth of whale meat ‘gifts’.

Princes selling endangered tuna for less than £1 a pop

Posted by jamie - 1 February 2011 at 7:10pm - Comments
Bigeye tuna caught in the Pacific. Princes claims to use bigeye tuna from the In
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Bigeye tuna caught in the Pacific. Princes claims to use bigeye tuna from the Indian Ocean

Yesterday, some of my colleagues met with executives from Princes to discuss the problems with their tinned tuna. It was the first meeting for several months and certainly since Princes came bottom of our league table. Needless to say, there was a lot to discuss.   

Defending Pacific tuna in Taiwan

Posted by jamie - 31 January 2011 at 4:07pm - Comments
Ron with activist alongside the MV Lung Yuin in Taiwan
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Ron with activist alongside the MV Lung Yuin in Taiwan

While in the UK we're focusing on Princes and the consumer end of the tuna trade, in Taiwan the Rainbow Warrior has been exposing the problems with tuna fishing. Last week, the crew prevented a fish cargo ship from leaving port...

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