Blog: Oceans

Seas in crisis? Fix the Common Fisheries Policy

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 17 August 2011 at 4:24pm - Comments

Our seas are in peril: more than 70 per cent of Europe's fish stocks are overfished, putting our most popular species at risk if it continues. And the way Europe’s seas and fish are managed allows fleets to take two-to-three times more from our oceans than what scientists consider sustainable.

Fish Fighting for the oceans! But the battle continues

Posted by simon clydesdale — 8 August 2011 at 9:39pm - Comments
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission
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Hugh starts the next crusade to save our seas in crisis in Fish Fight: The Battle Continues

Tonight Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall broadcast Hugh’s Fish Fight: The Battle Continues, his follow-up to the influential BAFTA-winning Fish Fight series broadcast in January. Hugh and his team have clearly been very busy over the last 6 months, and not just in securing Hugh a swish new haircut.

Hugh brings his Fish Fight back for one last round

Posted by Willie — 4 August 2011 at 3:21pm - Comments
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is back with a new episode of Fish Fight - The Battl
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission, Brussels

Back in January, Channel 4’s Big Fish Fight season caused quite a splash. The undoubted star of the season was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his three Hugh’s Fish Fight programmes which brought the shocking facts behind the fish on our plates onto TV screens.

And then there were none: John West changes its tuna to drop FADs

Posted by simon clydesdale — 26 July 2011 at 12:00am - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - banned in pockets of the Pacific Ocean

You did it! Today John West, the last of the major UK players to resist a shift to sustainable tuna, finally committed to change their tuna. After more than 51,000 emails, a lot of negotiation, some interesting stickering initiatives, and becoming utterly isolated amongst the UK industry, John West have changed their policies.

IWC wrap up: too busy disagreeing to save any whales.

Posted by Willie — 18 July 2011 at 4:18pm - Comments
The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meet
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The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting

The contentious thing at this year’s International Whaling Committee (IWC) annual meeting wasn’t whaling, but bizarrely it was the issue of ‘consensus’.

Common Fisheries Policy reform: glimmer of light in a sea of darkness

Posted by Ariana Densham — 15 July 2011 at 3:43pm - 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

On Wednesday the European Commission launched its proposals for a reform of the way Europe’s seas and fish are managed. After such a positive start back in 2009 when the Commission published its progressive green paper [PDF], it has been downhill ever since.

Live blog: The Future of European Fisheries event at ZSL

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 13 July 2011 at 6:04pm - Comments
Fish in a net
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Join us at 6pm today for a live blog from the Event - featuring Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and MP Richard Benyon

Live updates from the cross NGO event on the release of the EU's proposal for CFP reform.

Will the UK government be a progressive voice on fisheries?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 13 July 2011 at 3:50pm - Comments
Fish in a net
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Tonight Greenpeace and partners outline proposals for the CFP at the event The Future of EU Fisheries

The day those of us in fish world have been waiting for is upon us. Today the European Commission officially launched its proposals for a new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and finally we'll find out if Europe intends to meet its targets to recover our decimated fish stocks, or bend to the same political pressures of its 40 year history and failing put the environment first.

UK in the spotlight as global whale conference comes to Jersey

Posted by Willie — 12 July 2011 at 10:37am - Comments
Humpback Whales swim underwater, just off the coast of Tonga.
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Will the dysfunctional status quo of the IWC be reformed this year? (Humpback off the coast of Tonga)

In a warehouse-like hall, with demoralisingly black walls, in a hotel on the Channel Island of Jersey, several hundred people have gathered this week for the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

Projecting change for our oceans in South Korea

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 1 July 2011 at 2:04pm - Comments
Activists project an animation on Pacific tuna destruction onto Sajo Industries
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Activists project an animation on Pacific tuna destruction onto Sajo Industries HQ in Busan, South Korea
From our brand new Korean office, Oceans team leader at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Lagi Toribau, reports from the Rainbow Warrior's latest action: taking the plight of Pacific tuna to South Korea's biggest fishing company - Sajo.  

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