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.
Tuna giant Bolton says it will be '100% sustainable' by 2017, but how?
After the huge success of our UK tinned
tuna campaign, described by the Independent
as "one of the most successful environmental campaigns in years", it was great
to hear a big European tuna brand - Bolton commit to completely clean up its act.
Hugh starts the next crusade to save our seas in crisis in Fish Fight: The Battle Continues
Fearnley-Whittingstall broadcast Hugh’s Fish Fight: The Battle Continues,
his follow-up to the influential BAFTA-winning Fish Fight series broadcast in
January. Hugh and his team have clearly been very busy over the last 6 months,
and not just in securing Hugh a swish new haircut.
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - banned in pockets of the Pacific Ocean
You did it!
Today John West, the last of the major UK players to resist a shift to
sustainable tuna, finally committed to change their tuna. After more than 51,000
emails, a lot of negotiation, some interesting stickeringinitiatives,
and becoming utterly isolated amongst the UK industry, John West have changed
Posted by simon clydesdale -
22 September 2010 at 11:31am -
This morning the Lib Dem conference voted unanimously for a review of the decision to replace Trident, and finally managed to prod their ministers into making some noise on the issue. This is a huge step forward for the majority of Britons who aren't convinced of the need to spend £97 billion on cold war weapons whilst public services are being slashed. Simon Clydesdale, our man on the conference floor, explains the implications:
Shirley Williams was asked recently what it was like being in bed with the Conservatives. She cannily replied that it was actually a case of two beds. And this morning the Lib Dems took the opportunity to make their bed in a distinctly different style to their Tory coalition partners when they voted to adopt an emergency motion on replacing Trident.