Also by Willie

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...

Selfridges launch Project Ocean

Posted by Willie — 11 May 2011 at 6:00pm - Comments
Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas
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Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas

There’s a big splash on Oxford Street today as Selfridges - the world’s best department store, on the busiest shopping street - has been taken over for five weeks to help save our seas with Project Ocean.

A change in tuna policy: Morrisons move means all UK supermarkets switch

Posted by Willie — 12 April 2011 at 9:35am - Comments
Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean
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Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean

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.

Hugh's Fish Fight - round two!

Posted by Willie — 4 April 2011 at 12:37pm - Comments
Filming Hugh's Fish Fight
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Filming Hugh's Fish Fight

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.

Tell the government to buy sustainable fish

Posted by Willie — 9 March 2011 at 5:46pm - Comments
Hugh and Jamie during filming of the Fish Fight series
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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.

Fish discards are indefensible, but will the EU ban them?

Posted by Willie — 2 March 2011 at 6:23pm - Comments

If yesterday’s news is supposed to be today’s fish and chip wrappers, then today we have an odd scenario: your fish supper is probably wrapped in a hefty helping of column inches on fishing.

What we need to do to stop the pointless waste of discarded fish

Posted by Willie — 24 February 2011 at 12:38pm - Comments
Now you see it...: cod caught in the North Sea and about to be discarded
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Now you see it...: cod caught in the North Sea and about to be discarded

Discards are disgusting. No-one with any sense can support the catching, killing, and throwing away of fish. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight – which Greenpeace has supported from the outset - has at long last made the waste of perfectly good fish a national outrage. It is a pointless waste of life, and potential resources. It’s abhorrent whether you eat fish or don’t.

Cracks starting to show - Japan's whaling fleet may leave Southern Ocean early

Posted by Willie — 16 February 2011 at 7:46pm - Comments
A Greenpeace boat tries to prevent whaling ship the Nisshin Maru refuelling in t
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A Greenpeace boat tries to prevent whaling ship the Nisshin Maru from refuelling in the Southern Ocean, 2008

In this day and age, commercial whaling is out-of-date and should be out-of-the-question. Sadly it isn’t, but maybe the news that the Japanese whaling fleet might be cutting short its stay in the Southern ocean is cause for some optimism.

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