Blog: Oceans

African Voices UK tour video: speaking out against Europe's ocean plundering

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 15 June 2011 at 4:38pm - Comments

For the African Voices tour, three West African fishermen came to the UK to reveal the harsh reality behind our hunger for fish: while their communities rely on the seas for vital protein, our industrial-sized European fishing fleets are pillaging their waters, leaving little fish to make a living from - let alone feed their families.

Is it about time fish-eaters were more adventurous? Sainsbury’s think so.

Posted by Willie — 13 June 2011 at 1:47pm - Comments
Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's
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Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's

In Africa, safari-bound tourists are usually keen to bag ‘The Big five' - species which once people wanted to shoot with bullets, but are now ones we want to shoot with cameras. However, we're so keen to ‘bag’ these species, that tourists often overlook the other amazing wildlife all around them.

Fish is a security issue: what's on your plate?

Posted by Alicia C — 2 June 2011 at 4:10pm - Comments

Your fish costs more than you think.  A billion people worldwide depend on fish as their main source of protein, many living in the world’s poorest nations - including Africa.

Fish Fight brings the battle to Europe

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 31 May 2011 at 4:35pm - Comments
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission, Brussels

From the UK to Europe: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight has become an incredible force for change, with over 678 100 emails sent calling for an end to the insane practise of discards in the UK – and now the battle’s moving to the continent.

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.

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