Blog: Oceans

The day you all went to Strasbourg, and made history

Posted by Willie — 7 February 2013 at 10:49am - Comments
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"Victory for citizen power" said Roger Harriban, BBC, environment analyst

Where were you when you heard the news? I was sitting in a very chilly train station in Edinburgh, cursing a delayed train, unable to extricate myself from Twitter to go get a restorative coffee, when the news came through: Members of the European Parliament, those elected but often-maligned creatures, had voted overwhelmingly in favour of radical, progressive reform of Europe’s fish laws.

Caught out: major UK lobby plays smoke and mirrors with fishing reform

Posted by Ariana Densham — 4 February 2013 at 9:00am - Comments

At a time when we’re all concerned about what goes into our food, the phrase "it's not what it says on the tin,” has never been more appropriate. Our latest investigation into one of the most powerful and influential fishing industry bodies in the UK has exposed a clique of foreign fishing barons, including companies linked to illegal and destructive fishing.

Three generations of fishermen and room full of MPs

Posted by Josh Atkins — 25 January 2013 at 1:35pm - Comments
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Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, and Hastings fishermen, John, Bobby and Ben Griffin

This week we hosted a parliamentary reception for the Be a Fisherman's Friend campaign at Westminster. The event was well attended by MPs and journalists and provided an opportunity for politicians to come and meet the team as well as some of the small scale fishermen that we have been working with since the very beginning.

At last, a victory for sustainable fishing

Posted by Nina Schrank — 19 December 2012 at 5:00pm - Comments
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Yesterday morning in chilly Brussels I joined small scale fishermen and Greenpeace campaigners who had travelled from all over Europe to demonstrate together outside the European Council Building. We were there to remind ministers to put the health of our oceans first, in the reform process of the European laws that govern our seas.<--break->

Recapturing the freedom of artisanal fishing

Posted by Fran G — 4 December 2012 at 11:24am - Comments

Being an artisanal fisherman is synonymous with freedom, says Gwen Pennarun, from Saint Marine, Brittany. At least, it used to be.

A euro-sceptic fisherman is converted

Posted by Phil Lockley — 28 November 2012 at 6:14pm - Comments
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Phil Lockley is a small-scale, artisanal fisherman from Cornwall. He works from one of the most beautiful ‘rivers’ of Cornwall, the Helford River, as part of a small fleet of 18 vessels, each measuring under 10m in length.

Rarely do I need an alarm clock. My winter day begins without prompting at 05.00hrs GMT; a routine shared by countless other European artisanal fishermen who prepare for their day of work.

I willingly and lovingly hunt for fish and shellfish. It’s not just a job. To many it is a way of life.

Facilitating a fair future for fishing

Posted by Willie — 19 November 2012 at 11:38am - Comments

This weekend, an unprecedented meeting took place in Brussels. At first glance it might not seem like much of a big deal - a bunch of fishermen from across Europe getting together in the EU capital . But this was different.

Pole and line fishing – catching tuna one by one

Posted by simon clydesdale — 2 November 2012 at 11:31am - Comments
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Today I saw a tonne of tuna. Literally. I witnessed every tuna landed on a pole and line fishing trip in the Maldives. It was a relatively slow day, 1.3 tonnes of tuna to be precise. A good day starts around 5 tonnes, but conditions were rough out there. And competition was stiff from the other pole and line boats, known as dhonis, fishing near us.

Pirates, Hotlines and Diego

Posted by simon clydesdale — 25 October 2012 at 2:52pm - Comments
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Some days just have it all.

A long day ends at 5am after my piracy watch onboard the Rainbow Warrior. We cross the Indian Ocean, moving through a piracy zone. Our security toolbox includes the eyes and ears of crew and campaigners onboard this beautiful vessel. My two hour stint was beneath a mind-bending lattice of stars and shooting stars striping the sky, with Orion’s belt crowning the massive A-frame that bestrides the Warrior.

It's time for Mauritius to take ownership of its waters

Posted by simon clydesdale — 17 October 2012 at 11:07am - Comments
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Greenpeace members meet with local artisanal fishermen in Mauritius

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has spent the past few days hosting all the key players in one of the Indian Ocean’s prime tuna hubs – Port Louis in Mauritius.

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