Blog: Oceans

Taking 400,000 people on a trip to the Indian Ocean

Posted by Tom Lowe — 1 June 2016 at 3:18pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II
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Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II by blacking out their lights with eco-paint

If John West’s owner Thai Union doesn’t start protecting the oceans and those who work on them, we’ll continue to shut down their supply chains, explains Tom Lowe, who has just returned from the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza’s tour of the Indian Ocean.

Three ways you can tell Sainsbury's to drop John West!

Posted by alice.hunter — 31 May 2016 at 5:11pm - Comments
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John West tuna is caught using unsustainable fishing devices

We’ve sent thousands of emails, hundreds of tweets and inundated their Customer Service phone line with calls - but Sainsbury’s still won’t speak out against unsustainable fishing.

Behind The Lens

Posted by MeenaRajput — 31 May 2016 at 2:44pm - Comments

Photographer, Will Rose, joined Greenpeace activists on an expedition to the Indian Ocean to remove dozens of destructive Fish Aggregating Devices. These FADs kill endangered marine life including sharks and turtles, but despite this, leading tuna brands John West and Thai Union continue to use them. Since our campaign launched, Tesco and Waitrose have threatened to remove John West from their shelves unless they clean up their act. 

Greenpeace volunteers confront destructive fishing

Posted by Alix FOSTER VAN... — 23 May 2016 at 6:00pm - Comments
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A Greenpeace activist blockading a factory which supplies 'dirty' tuna to John West

If you were doing your weekly shop at Sainsbury’s last Saturday, you may have noticed that John West tuna was no longer in stock. ‘Hurray!’ you may have thought, ‘Sainsbury’s has finally decided to drop this horrific brand.’ If you looked a little closer, however, you would have noticed that Greenpeace was actually behind the lack of John West tuna in the tinned fish aisle. ;-)<--break->

Are noisy oceans to blame for beached whales?

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 23 May 2016 at 12:36pm - Comments
Sperm whales beached on the Dutch Island of Texel, Jan 2016
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Sperm whales beached on the Dutch Island of Texel, Jan 2016.

Noise is the most invisible of all the man-made threats to the ocean, but to whales who ‘see’ by hearing, they simply cannot escape it.

How much do you really know about turtles?

Posted by Willie — 20 May 2016 at 4:21pm - Comments

I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of watching turtles from the bow of Greenpeace ships, and many of my colleagues have encountered these peaceful ocean wanderers far out at sea in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

I’ve also learned a lot of interesting and surprising facts about these enigmatic creatures, and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you:

11. Sea turtles are ancient

How much do you know about whales?

Posted by Willie — 20 May 2016 at 11:39am - Comments

I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of seeing lots of whales, both from the deck of Greenpeace ships, and also on whale-watching trips. I’ve been lucky enough to see massive humpbacks leaping clean out of the water in Cape Cod, migrating gray whales in California, orcas chasing salmon in Canada, and even minke and fin whales in glassy-calm British seas.

I’ve also learned a lot of interesting and surprising things about these ocean giants, and I wanted to share a few of my favourite facts with you:

Finding a sense of porpoise.

Posted by Willie — 19 May 2016 at 12:00pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Stefan Schorr / Greenpeace

Being a porpoise looks rubbish.

Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a porpoise jumping out of the water or heard a friend gushing about an *amazing* experience seeing porpoises?

There’s good reason that porpoises don’t have the wow factor of dolphins: and it’s not just that they have bad PR people.

Waitrose, Tesco and now Sainsbury’s?

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 11 May 2016 at 12:54pm - Comments
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It’s been an epic 10 days for the future of sustainable tuna in the UK

Tesco says it will ban John West if they don’t stop trashing the ocean

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 29 April 2016 at 3:23pm - Comments
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Silky sharks swimming around a FAD in the Indian Ocean

Tesco, the biggest retailer in the UK, has threatened to ban John West’s tuna if they don’t stop using destructive fishing practices! 

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