Blog: Oceans

African Voices tour diary: fishermen bring their mission to the UK

Posted by Alicia C — 27 May 2011 at 9:41am - Comments
Celestino Oliveira, Abdou Karim Sall and Issa Moustapha Diop meet fishing commun
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Celestino Oliveira, Abdou Karim Sall and Issa Moustapha Diop meet fishing communities in Penzance

Last week, three African fishermen - Karim of Senegal, Celestino of Cape Verde and Issa of Mauritania - were in the UK for the African Voices tour to deliver an urgent message: that EU fleets must stop stealing fish from African Waters.

UK politicians join forces to fight for better fish laws

Posted by Willie — 19 May 2011 at 1:13pm - Comments
Greenpeace Campaigner Hanne Larsen holds a Cod to be discarded due to current EU
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Greenpeace Campaigner Hanne Larsen holds a Cod to be discarded due to current EU quota systems

In case you missed it, last week a progressive debate was held in the House of Commons about the future of UK fish: centred on the urgent need for reform of European fisheries laws, and ending the needless waste of excess catch known as ‘discards’.

What's happening in West Africa? An African Voices video

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 17 May 2011 at 12:37pm - Comments
African Voices: Harbour and hub of Joal. Unloading of fish from pirogues.
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African Voices: Harbour and hub of Joal. Unloading of fish from pirogues.

Three leaders of West African fishing communities arrived in the UK on Sunday to embark on a week long mission: to reveal how massive European fleets are not just destroying ocean ecosystems in Africa, but also lives and communities.

Fashion and fish? Selfridges' Project Ocean is a powerful partnership

Posted by Willie — 17 May 2011 at 11:17am - Comments
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Oc
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Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Ocean

Selfridges launched Project Ocean with a bang last week. The legendary department store's front is draped with a giant banner asking ‘No more fish in the sea?.’ Their famed Oxford Street windows are filled with installations on fish issues - grabbing attention and headlines.  And they’ve pulled in a host of celebrity supporters, from Katherine Hamnett to Elle McPherson. But that's just the start of this month long celebration of our seas...

African Voices slideshow: local fishing communities under threat

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 12 May 2011 at 4:00pm - Comments
Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.
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Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.

On Sunday the latest leg of African Voices begins, as three delegates from West African fishing communities arrive in London to start a tour of the UK, speaking out on how the invasion of industrial-sized EU fleets are threatening their livelihoods, food security and marine ecosystems.

Selfridges launch Project Ocean

Posted by Willie — 11 May 2011 at 5:00pm - Comments
Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas
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Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas

There’s a big splash on Oxford Street today as Selfridges - the world’s best department store, on the busiest shopping street - has been taken over for five weeks to help save our seas with Project Ocean.

Guest blog: Britain's Secret Seas - by Frank Pope

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 6 May 2011 at 4:12pm - Comments
Frank Pope celebrates marine reserves in new BBC series: Britain's Secret Seas
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Frank Pope celebrates marine reserves in new BBC series: Britain's Secret Seas

Ocean correspondent for the Times, and presenter of new BBC series Britain's Secret Seas (starting Sunday), Frank Pope shares his passion for our waters and why the UK needs more marine reserves now:

Everyone who's watched the stunning documentary series The Blue Planet is awestruck by the beauty and diversity of life in the ocean. But, I often felt that the spectacular colours, alien weirdness, and huge creatures featured, were filmed in a sea far different from the one that crashes against our cliffs and beaches. Boy, was I wrong.

African fishermen tell EU fleets: Stop stealing our fish!

Posted by Alicia C — 5 May 2011 at 11:03am - Comments
Catch on Senegalese Bottom Trawler
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Catch on Senegalese Bottom Trawler

The disastrous effects of overfishing by European fleets aren’t confined to our continent's waters: destructive EU vessels are now exploiting the waters of the world’s poorest nations - threatening ecosystems, depriving local fishermen of their livelihoods and the food security of their communities. So Greenpeace have brought them and their stories to Europe.

A change in tuna policy: Morrisons move means all UK supermarkets switch

Posted by Willie — 12 April 2011 at 8:35am - Comments
Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean
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Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean

Brilliant news! Morrisons has announced a new policy on tinned tuna, committing to stop sourcing fish caught via destructive fishing methods: this means that now all major UK supermarkets have now changed their policy towards being more sustainable. This leaves John West as the last major supplier left that still needs to change its tuna.

Hugh's Fish Fight - round two!

Posted by Willie — 4 April 2011 at 11:37am - Comments
Filming Hugh's Fish Fight
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Filming Hugh's Fish Fight

In the three months since Hugh's Fish Fight screened on Channel 4 there's been a frenzy of activity in the fish trade, thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's investigation into the way our fish is caught and sold. If you missed the series the first time round and are wondering what all the fuss was about, the series is being repeated starting tonight at 10pm on More 4.

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