Will the dysfunctional status quo of the IWC be reformed this year? (Humpback off the coast of Tonga)
In a warehouse-like hall, with demoralisingly black walls, in a hotel on the Channel Island of Jersey, several hundred people have gathered this week for the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's
In Africa, safari-bound tourists are usually keen to bag ‘The Big five' - species which once people wanted to shoot with bullets, but are now ones we want to shoot with cameras. However, we're so keen to ‘bag’ these species, that tourists often overlook the other amazing wildlife all around them.
Greenpeace Campaigner Hanne Larsen holds a Cod to be discarded due to current EU quota systems
In case you missed it, last week a progressive debate was held in the House of
Commons about the future of UK fish: centred on the urgent need for reform of European fisheries
laws, and ending the needless waste of excess catch known as ‘discards’.
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Ocean
Selfridges launched Project Ocean with a bang last week. The
legendary department store's front is draped with a giant
banner asking ‘No more fish in the sea?.’ Their famed Oxford Street windows are filled with installations
on fish issues - grabbing attention and headlines. And they’ve pulled
in a host of celebrity supporters, from Katherine Hamnett to Elle McPherson. But that's just the start of this month long celebration of our seas...
Brilliant news! Morrisons has announced a new policy on
tinned tuna, committing to stop sourcing fish caught via destructive fishing
methods: this means that now all major UK supermarkets have now changed their policy towards being more sustainable. This leaves John West as the last major supplier left that still needs to change its tuna.
In the three months
since Hugh's Fish Fight screened on Channel 4 there's been a frenzy of activity
in the fish trade, thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's investigation into
the way our fish is caught and sold. If you missed the series the first time
round and are wondering what all the fuss was about, the series is being
repeated starting tonight at 10pm on More 4.
Hugh and Jamie during filming of Fish Fight outside Westminster
"Greenest government ever." That’s the
phrase that’s already been used to slap the current UK
administration a fair few times. It’s an ambitious claim, but it seems even on
the black-and-white issues UK ministers can’t quite bring
themselves to go green.