Blog: Oceans

On the trail of John West dirty tuna in the Indian ocean

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 18 April 2016 at 5:22pm - Comments
Illustration of a ship with the hashtag Not Just Tuna
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1 in 5 tins of tuna worldwide are produced by Thai Union

Today, the Greenpeace ship, The Esperanza, set sail in the Indian Ocean to peacefully tackle unsustainable fishing by the world’s largest tuna company, Thai Union (the owner of John West in the UK)

11 awe-inspiring British wildlife-watching moments from #IntotheWild

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 16 April 2016 at 2:02pm - Comments
Common dolphins leaping from the ocean
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Common dolphins swim in Scotland

We’ve fallen in love with British wildlife all over again this week thanks to the wonderful nature footage on BBC’s Into the Wild.

5 Lesser-Known Threats to the Fragile Arctic Ocean

Posted by Emily Buchanan — 15 April 2016 at 5:44pm - Comments
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Eve Lloyd Knight

You probably know that climate change is melting Arctic ice with astonishing speed. While some hear a warning bell, others see a business opportunity and as the ice disappears, oil companies and fishing fleets are moving further north than ever before, keen to exploit the unexplored ocean opening up at the top of the world.

And our survey says...Ban the bead!

Posted by Alice H — 14 April 2016 at 4:53pm - Comments
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Toothpaste with microbeads

Many people may not yet be aware of what microbeads are. But one thing is for sure, when they learn that they're found in everyday products like face scrubs and toothpastes, and that they end up in our oceans and threaten marine wildlife, there is one popular reaction…

Ban them.

How you CAN help us uncover dirty tuna!

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 13 April 2016 at 4:45pm - Comments

Last year, Greenpeace confronted John West over a broken promise. Back in 2011, they promised customers that 100% of their tuna would be caught sustainably by the end of this year. But as of today, they’ve only reached 2% of that target. This means a whopping 98% of their tuna is caught in a way which often kills animals like endangered turtles, sharks and baby tuna.

Floaty McFloatface: The New Name For Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior Ship

Posted by Anonymous — 1 April 2016 at 9:25am - Comments
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Floaty McFloatface

We're pleased to announce that, as of today, Greenpeace has renamed its iconic ship - the Rainbow Warrior - to Floaty McFloatface.

The step has been taken as part of a Greenpeace drive to rebrand for the 21st Century, helping to make the organisation relevant to the Millennial generation.

In Pictures: Flipper flying there under the sea, it's Dolphin Awareness Month

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 3 March 2016 at 1:40pm - Comments
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Dolphin around the Esperanza in the Atlantic Ocean

It’s March and it's Dolphin Awareness Month! Dolphins are extremely intelligent and social animals that live in pods, can swim at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour and maybe able to dive up to 1,000 feet - as well as jump as high as 20 feet out of the water. These images document why we need to protect these magnificent creatures!

Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

Posted by Willie — 25 February 2016 at 1:24pm - Comments
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Greenpeace activists blockade whale meat shipment in port of Hamburg.

No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year.

This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this summer. The man behind that whaling is claiming that he’s stopping because of ‘hindrances’ in exporting the meat. That’s great news for whales, and everyone who has been opposing this needless, senseless hunt.

World's oldest wild bird has a new chick - but is it a doomed messenger in an increasingly polluted ocean?

Posted by Willie — 16 February 2016 at 2:31pm - Comments
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World's oldest wild bird, Laysan albatross Wisdom & chick |

Imagine becoming a parent at the age of 65. It might seem miraculous but that is what has happened to the world’s oldest known wild bird, an Albatross living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

A tale of two tunas

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 15 February 2016 at 3:39pm - Comments
Fish gather under Fish Aggregating Device (FAD)
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All kinds of marine life gather under so-called "Fish Aggregating Devices" - or "FADs" - and are then scooped up in huge fishing nets

Imagine a world where there are two tuna companies called John West.

Both are the number one brand in their market. Both faced Greenpeace campaigns and, as a consequence, made commitments to sell 100% sustainably-caught tuna by the end of 2016.

Now imagine one John West has kept its promise to consumers. And the other John West has broken it.

This isn’t some fantasy world. It’s very real. And it’s not good news for UK consumers...

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