Blog: Oceans

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
by. Credit: Greenpeace
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
All rights reserved. Credit: Willie MacKenzie Greenpeace

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.

Deep sea destruction funded by European taxpayers

Posted by Alicia C — 19 October 2011 at 2:15pm - Comments
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Bycatch on Spanish bottom-trawler in the North Atlantic

In the deep sea northwest of the UK, bottom trawlers are destroying ancient and mostly undiscovered ecosystems. They are part of an unsustainable fishing industry kept afloat by EU taxpayer subsidies.

Paella-gate: our misfiring British humour

Posted by Tamara — 19 October 2011 at 9:09am - Comments

Usually our campaign films are taken down from the internet by others. Think Nestle. Think VW. But the opposite happened on Saturday – we took down our own film.

Fishy Business in Spain

Posted by Ariana Densham — 10 October 2011 at 10:18am - Comments

This animation highlights some very fishy business we exposed in Spain recently. The case we uncovered, followed a nine-month investigation into the fishy dealings of “Toño”, one of Spain’s notorious fishing barons.   We exposed how his family network has amassed a list of convictions for illegal fishing and are continuing to operate around the world, putting vital fish stocks in danger.

Taking action for tuna on the high seas

Posted by mollybrooks — 6 October 2011 at 2:28pm - Comments

Protecting tuna is not just about dressing up as sharks and exposing the companies selling unsustainable tinned tuna.

Our ship the Esperanza is currently on the high seas in the Pacific to find, document and take action against illegal and unsustainable fishing throughout this region.

Empty nets, empty future

Posted by hayley.baker — 6 October 2011 at 12:09pm - Comments
Catch on Senegalese Bottom Trawler
All rights reserved. Credit: © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace
Our new report shows how overfishing and climate change are taking their toll on West African seas.

We've been investigating overfishing in West African waters for a long time and our new report, ‘Empty Nets, Empty Future’ shows, in a stark light, how the local fishing industry in West Africa is under threat.

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