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UK minister Benyon flexing his political muscles in Brussels

Posted by Willie — 16 March 2012 at 5:30pm - Comments
Abdou, Issa, John Sauven, Willie Bain and Celestino discuss DEFRA policy
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Last year Richard Benyon met with Greenpeace and a delegation of West African fishermen

EU council meetings are rarely something that the vast majority of us get excited about. These meetings are when the representatives from each of the EU governments get together, to discuss specific topics. Usually it’s the relevant minister who goes, but they are effectively deputising for their government.

Scandalous sentences for Scottish skippers

Posted by Willie — 24 February 2012 at 5:50pm - Comments
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Today's verdict is a slap in the face for all of us

Organised crime seems to pay quite handsomely, especially if you manage to be part of a profession that seems to be beyond reproach. That can surely be the only conclusion to draw from the group of 17 fishermen who were fined a mere £720 thousand in court today for an overfishing scam that effectively stole £63 MILLION of fish from our seas.

Big Miracle: why saving whales means saving the Arctic

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2012 at 10:48am - Comments

The film is inspired by a true story. I’m not going to recount it in detail here, as others have done that  much more splendidly than I can.  But in a nutshell, Drew’s character was involved in an international effort to save some gray whales which became trapped in Arctic ice.

Vegetarians won’t change the fishing industry

Posted by Willie — 24 October 2011 at 2:35pm - Comments
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Without fail, anytime I blog about more sustainable fish there will be at least one comment along the lines of ‘go vegan’ or ‘no one needs to eat fish anyway!’ That is of course fine and a viewpoint I (as a vegetarian of 25 years and counting) can certainly sympathise with.

Hugh brings his Fish Fight back for one last round

Posted by Willie — 4 August 2011 at 3:21pm - Comments
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is back with a new episode of Fish Fight - The Battl
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches Fish Fight Europe outside the EU Commission, Brussels

Back in January, Channel 4’s Big Fish Fight season caused quite a splash. The undoubted star of the season was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his three Hugh’s Fish Fight programmes which brought the shocking facts behind the fish on our plates onto TV screens.

IWC wrap up: too busy disagreeing to save any whales.

Posted by Willie — 18 July 2011 at 4:18pm - Comments
The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meet
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The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting

The contentious thing at this year’s International Whaling Committee (IWC) annual meeting wasn’t whaling, but bizarrely it was the issue of ‘consensus’.

UK in the spotlight as global whale conference comes to Jersey

Posted by Willie — 12 July 2011 at 10:37am - Comments
Humpback Whales swim underwater, just off the coast of Tonga.
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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.

Is it about time fish-eaters were more adventurous? Sainsbury’s think so.

Posted by Willie — 13 June 2011 at 2:47pm - Comments
Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's
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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.

UK politicians join forces to fight for better fish laws

Posted by Willie — 19 May 2011 at 2:13pm - Comments
Greenpeace Campaigner Hanne Larsen holds a Cod to be discarded due to current EU
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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’.

Fashion and fish? Selfridges' Project Ocean is a powerful partnership

Posted by Willie — 17 May 2011 at 12:17pm - Comments
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Oc
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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...

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Hi, I'm Willie, part of the Greenpeace UK biodiversity team. I work mostly on oceans and fishy issues.

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