Blog: Oceans

Selfridges launch Project Ocean

Posted by Willie — 11 May 2011 at 6:00pm - 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 5:12pm - 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 12:03pm - 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 9:35am - 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 12:37pm - 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.

John West hasn't shifted on tinned tuna, neither has Morrisons. At least, not yet...

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 31 March 2011 at 11:25am - Comments
Greenpeace climber and banner on the roof of Morrisons
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In 2006, we said Morrisons was the worst fish retailer. Now its failing on tinned tuna, just like John West

We had huge success earlier this month getting both Princes and Asda to clean up their tinned tuna. But the battle against the butchering of our oceans isn’t over: John West and Morrisons are still not off the hook (ahem).

European fisheries reform must scrap overfishing

Posted by Ariana Densham — 17 March 2011 at 6:14pm - Comments
Greenpeace Scrap Overfishing action in Brussels
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Greenpeace Scrap Overfishing action in Brussels

For many people, the three words ‘Common Fisheries Policy’ previously went hand in hand with another four words: ‘What does that mean?’ Either that or, a hefty yawn and a glazed look.

But, this is changing.

Tell the government to buy sustainable fish

Posted by Willie — 9 March 2011 at 5:46pm - Comments
Hugh and Jamie during filming of the Fish Fight series
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Hugh and Jamie during filming of Fish Fight outside Westminster

"Greenest government ever." That’s the phrase that’s already been used to slap the current UK administration a fair few times. It’s an ambitious claim, but it seems even on the black-and-white issues UK ministers can’t quite bring themselves to go green.

You did it! Princes will indeed change their tuna, and so will Asda

Posted by jamie — 9 March 2011 at 12:48pm - Comments
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It's with enormous pleasure that I can reveal that Princes has (finally) got the message that bycatch is killing the oceans and has announced that it will clean up its tinned tuna.

Fish discards are indefensible, but will the EU ban them?

Posted by Willie — 2 March 2011 at 6:23pm - Comments

If yesterday’s news is supposed to be today’s fish and chip wrappers, then today we have an odd scenario: your fish supper is probably wrapped in a hefty helping of column inches on fishing.

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