Blog: Oceans

Top 10 weird wildlife: immortal jellyfish, gender-swapping fish and pink dolphins

Posted by Willie — 22 May 2013 at 2:09pm - Comments

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity. An opportunity to celebrate and wonder at the amazingly diverse variety of species we share the planet with. This year it has a water theme, so we’ve been having some fun over on Twitter, and here’s our pick of the weirdest and most wondrous watery wildlife you definitely need to know about.

Deal or no deal on Europe's fishing laws?

Posted by Willie — 20 May 2013 at 4:47pm - Comments
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Will politicians net a fair fishing deal?

While considering how to write a blog on the latest developments on Europe’s bumpy road to fisheries reform, I decided to take a step back in time. Eleven months ago I wrote this blog explaining where the discussions were at, what was still on the table, and outlining a number of areas of concern.

It’s crunch time (again) for Europe’s fish ministers

Posted by Willie — 13 May 2013 at 11:56am - Comments
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A full page ad calls for Benyon to support sustainable fishing

If you listen to Ronan Keating much (I don’t) – you’d be familiar with the concept that Life is a Rollercoaster.

But for some of us, it’s a bit more accurate to liken the process of reforming Europe’s failed fish laws to that particular fun-fair ride : full of twists and turns, highs and lows, moments of hopeful elation, followed by moments of abject panic and fear. And sometimes making us reach for a sick bag.

Championing small-scale fishermen in court battle for fairer quotas

Posted by Ariana Densham — 1 May 2013 at 10:28am - Comments
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Small-scale fishermen outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Imagine if someone claimed ownership of a percentage of the sparrows in the sky or a share of the deer in our forests? Would this seem absurd to you? I agree.

Unbelievably, this is now set to be the heart of an unprecedented court battle – except that it’s over who ultimately controls the UK’s fishing quota, and therefore who 'owns' the fish in our seas. 

How are you celebrating World Penguin Day?

Posted by Willie — 25 April 2013 at 9:39am - Comments
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This Gentoo penguin is celebrating - are you?

It’s World Penguin Day today, April 25th, and I simply can’t imagine a world that didn’t have penguins in it. So in order to celebrate our funny fine-flippered friends I thought it would be good to pull together some fun facts about penguins. Some are fun, some are facts, and some are both at once.

Revealing the NFFO’s members – opening Pandora’s Box?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 15 March 2013 at 11:43am - Comments

How would you feel if you were betrayed by the very people who are meant to be protecting your interests? This is what we discovered about the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO) last month. It turns out that instead of standing up for small scale fishermen, they have actually been trying to deny them the wider representation in Europe that they so desperately need.

Good riddance to bad fishing

Posted by Willie — 14 March 2013 at 5:10pm - Comments
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The Margiris is sent packing

Over in Australia, our colleagues have just seen off an unwanted supertrawler, the Margiris. This monster of a boat has been sent packing after an unprecedented campaign by Greenpeace, local fishermen and NGOs, which resulted in the government banished it from fishing in Australian waters.

Who holds the UK fish pie? We’d all like to know.

Posted by Ariana Densham — 5 March 2013 at 5:34pm - Comments
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Sustainably caught wild bass, Newlyn

When did the world of fish become so secretive, and why? This is a question that I have been thinking about a lot recently, and which was today also questioned by The Times

The floating factories finishing off our fish

Posted by Willie — 28 February 2013 at 4:36pm - Comments
Activists intercept the world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV M
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Q: when is a fishing boat not a fishing boat?

A: when it’s actually a floating factory.

No, it’s not a good joke. It’s not much of a joke at all.

Hardcore prawns: trashing tropical seas for a cheap treat

Posted by Willie — 28 February 2013 at 4:24pm - Comments

When I was little, salmon and shrimps were posh, fancy food, served up at celebrations and the like. Fast forward a few decades and both of those have descended to becoming everyday food, available in pre-packed sandwiches and cheap meals in every supermarket.

But cheap and available at what real cost?

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