Posted by Willie — 19 November 2012 at 11:38am
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.
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.
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.
If there was ever a scandal that needed definitive action to be taken against those responsible for it, it is the issue of fishing permits in Senegal between March 2010 and April 2012. The effects of large factory trawlers that were granted permission to plunder Senegalese waters during this time, are still being felt by local communities.
Not a dolphin, but a pygmy blue whale that breaks the surface in the waters 250 miles west of Maputo, Mozambique.
You’ll see it best on the darkest nights. When the moon is empty and clouds cover the stars – that’s when the ocean and algae collude. Like the Arctic’s Northern Lights, this is one of those natural phenomena that leave you giddy, wide-eyed in wonder: Psychedelic dolphins.
Posted by Fran G — 4 October 2012 at 10:49am
Luís comes from a family of fishermen. His great-grandfather
started fishing in the tiny village of Cabo de Gata, near Almería, Spain, many
years ago. Today, Luís is teaching is son the ropes. He's the first of the fifth
generation of fishermen from this family.
Posted by Fran G — 24 September 2012 at 2:09pm
Today our cooperation with Mozambique’s Ministry of
Fisheries comes to an end after two weeks. As part of a ship tour of the Indian
Ocean with the Rainbow Warrior that started in Mozambique, we have been
patrolling a large portion of Mozambique’s waters and facilitating inspections
of foreign fishing vessels that are targeting mainly tuna and endangered
Posted by Fran G — 30 August 2012 at 9:07am
The local fishing community in Thiaroye, Dakar, is celebrating. Since
the new Senegalese government took action to stop overfishing, fisheries in the region
are slowly regenerating, and fishermen are returning home with healthier