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Making waves on the long road to fishing reform

Posted by simon clydesdale - 30 May 2013 at 4:07pm - Comments
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A petition of over 100,000 paper and digital paper boats is delivered to the EU Irish Presidency ahead of crucial CFP meetings

Listen. Can you hear it? No? Come closer. There. The fat CFP lady is beginning to sing.

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.

The Italian Job: reeling in the Italian tuna industry

Posted by simon clydesdale - 9 March 2012 at 1:56pm - Comments
Tuna and bycatch caught in the east Pacific
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Tuna and bycatch caught in the east Pacific

The sands in the tuna campaign have shifted again, and the oceans and tuna will ultimately be better off for it. Our Italian colleagues have just announced that the local tinned tuna brand Mareblu has committed to stop using Fads (fish aggregation devices) - the destructive marine minefields that have been blighting the oceans for decades.

Tuna bluewash? Bolton’s fishy commitments

Posted by simon clydesdale - 30 January 2012 at 1:19pm - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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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.

Same fish, new business model

Posted by simon clydesdale - 17 August 2011 at 5:40pm - Comments
Skipjack tuna caught by pole-and-line off Flores, Indonesia
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Skipjack tuna caught by pole-and-line off Flores, Indonesia

The hubbub has now died down since we announced that John West’s shift completed a clean sweep of change among major players in the UK tuna market. And it’s been a week since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight: The Battle Continues reinforced this message, making people think about how we use and need to protect the extraordinary resources of the waters that dominate this globe.

Fish Fighting for the oceans! But the battle continues

Posted by simon clydesdale - 8 August 2011 at 9:39pm - Comments
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission
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Hugh starts the next crusade to save our seas in crisis in Fish Fight: The Battle Continues

Tonight Hugh 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.

And then there were none: John West changes its tuna to drop FADs

Posted by simon clydesdale - 26 July 2011 at 12:00am - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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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 stickering initiatives, and becoming utterly isolated amongst the UK industry, John West have changed their policies.

Elephants and lemons: Lib Dems make Fox's bed of nails on Trident

Posted by simon clydesdale - 22 September 2010 at 11:31am - Comments

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.

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