Oceans

Make sure the fisheries minister delivers a fair deal on fish law reform

Posted by Willie — 11 June 2012 at 1:38pm - Comments
Plymouth world oceans day
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Be a fisherman's friend launch event at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth

Last Friday was World Oceans Day. Being an oceans campaigner that, on one hand, means a lot – but on the other it begs the question of why the rest of the world doesn’t think about oceans all the other days, like I do!?

Guest blogger Callum Roberts: Future oceans

Posted by hayley.baker — 8 June 2012 at 3:08pm - Comments
Callum Roberts
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Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York and is author of Ocean of Life: How our Seas are Changing

Imagine a world, not very far in the future, where families shun the idea of a seaside holiday because the sea is too unpleasant to visit, perhaps even dangerous. The beach is heaped with rotting green seaweed and bodies of jellyfish litter the strand. Getting in the water you risk illness; even the air might be poisonous. If this sounds unlikely, think again: it is all happening somewhere, right now.

What shall we do with broken sea laws? What shall we do with the broken sea laws?

Posted by hayley.baker — 29 May 2012 at 10:27am - Comments
Port Isaac Fisherman's Friend performing our sea shanty petition
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The Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends perform the sea shanty

What shall we do with the broken sea laws?  Early in the morning”.  Can you see what we’ve done there? 

Help us get a fair catch for sustainable fishermen

Posted by Alicia C — 29 May 2012 at 8:53am - Comments
Ben and John Griffin, Hastings Fishermen
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John and Ben Griffin, fishermen from Hastings are part of the campaign

Today we’re launching “Be a fisherman’s friend” campaign  - an unprecedented alliance between Greenpeace and UK sustainable fishermen, to push for a real reform of broken EU fishing laws. 

We need fewer boats and more fish to save our oceans

Posted by jamie — 25 May 2012 at 5:34pm - Comments
Numbers of bluefin tuna are rapidly dwindling

I’m here in Bangkok at a gathering of hundreds of tuna business officials, policy-makers and even a few environmental advocates like myself. It’s been a long week of discussion about the future of the industry, including a lot about what we all call sustainability fish for the future.

Fish tales from the high seas of Senegal

Posted by hayley.baker — 2 May 2012 at 11:23am - Comments
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Val Kharchenko (Greenpeace) Ze Fortes (footballer) and Gabrielle Manrique (documentary maker)

Our guest blogger, Gabriel Manrique, is an independent documentary filmmaker who focuses on social and environmental issues and the co-director of  ‘Sandgrains’.  He joined the crew of the Arctic Sunrise last month.

Gladys, our Greenpeace liaison in Senegal, had skillfully navigated us through Dakar customs, and we were on the tarmac to board a helicopter which would take us to the Arctic Sunrise. I had flown by chopper only once before and was keenly looking forward to filming from one, but had no idea how much fun it would be.

The ocean is not a factory

Posted by Alicia C — 5 April 2012 at 9:58am - Comments

It seems the captain of Britain’s largest fishing boat isn’t partial to a spot of tea, despite a kind invitation from John Vidal, Environment Editor of the Guardian, as he radioed the vessel from our ship the Arctic Sunrise, off the coast of Mauritania. (See for yourself in John’s video, above.)

Fixing fairness in fisheries starts at home

Posted by Willie — 30 March 2012 at 10:23am - Comments
Artisanal fishing boat 40 miles off the coast of Mauritania
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Artisanal fishing boat 40 miles off the coast of Mauritania

Approximately 1.5 MILLION small-scale fishermen live and work along the coast of West Africa. They live a life directly dependent on the seas on their doorstep. And it's not just them - their families and communities depend on it too, of course. Yet here in the seas off West Africa it's clear to see their interests are being ignored in favour of allowing massive, industrialised, factory fishing vessels to gobble up all the fish. Of course some of this is illicit, but much of it is legitimised plunder, such as the huge PFA vessels down here with EU subsidies and paid-for Fisheries Partnership Agreements

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.

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