Also by Willie

Flags, convenience and bending the rules to steal Africa’s fish

Posted by Willie — 26 March 2012 at 5:46pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists paint 'Plunder' on the side of a Lithuanian super trawler
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Greenpeace activists paint 'Plunder' on the side of a Lithuanian super trawler

 We’re currently following a stern trawler as it fishes. It’s not the biggest vessel out here, but, like many others it is fishing up and down where the shallow continental shelf meets deeper waters. That there is fish in these waters there is no doubt, and proved by the birds, whales and dolphins we encounter here, as well as the fishing vessels.

What is the UK’s biggest fishing boat doing in West African seas?

Posted by Willie — 23 March 2012 at 2:04pm - Comments
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UK registered supertrawler Cornelis Vrolijk fishing off Mauritania

I’m out in the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere off Mauritania in West Africa, aboard the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise. We’re here to document and expose the shocking overfishing of Africa’s coastal seas by huge fishing vessels from the EU and elsewhere.

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.

Arctic Sunrise captures EU trawlers plundering West African seas

Posted by Willie — 27 February 2012 at 9:30am - Comments
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Activists highlight pirate Russian pelagic fishing trawler

Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise is currently in Mauritanian waters, to highlight the problems of overfishing emptying African seas. Vast factory-style fishing boats are trawling out fish at an alarming rate and decimating local ecosystems and livelihoods in the process.

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.

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