Three generations of fishermen and room full of MPs

Posted by Josh Atkins — 25 January 2013 at 12:35pm - Comments
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Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, and Hastings fishermen, John, Bobby and Ben Griffin

This week we hosted a parliamentary reception for the Be a Fisherman's Friend campaign at Westminster. The event was well attended by MPs and journalists and provided an opportunity for politicians to come and meet the team as well as some of the small scale fishermen that we have been working with since the very beginning.

At last, a victory for sustainable fishing

Posted by Nina Schrank — 19 December 2012 at 4:00pm - Comments
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Yesterday morning in chilly Brussels I joined small scale fishermen and Greenpeace campaigners who had travelled from all over Europe to demonstrate together outside the European Council Building. We were there to remind ministers to put the health of our oceans first, in the reform process of the European laws that govern our seas.<--break->

Recapturing the freedom of artisanal fishing

Posted by Fran G — 4 December 2012 at 10:24am - Comments

Being an artisanal fisherman is synonymous with freedom, says Gwen Pennarun, from Saint Marine, Brittany. At least, it used to be.

A euro-sceptic fisherman is converted

Posted by Phil Lockley — 28 November 2012 at 5:14pm - Comments
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Phil Lockley is a small-scale, artisanal fisherman from Cornwall. He works from one of the most beautiful ‘rivers’ of Cornwall, the Helford River, as part of a small fleet of 18 vessels, each measuring under 10m in length.

Rarely do I need an alarm clock. My winter day begins without prompting at 05.00hrs GMT; a routine shared by countless other European artisanal fishermen who prepare for their day of work.

I willingly and lovingly hunt for fish and shellfish. It’s not just a job. To many it is a way of life.

Facilitating a fair future for fishing

Posted by Willie — 19 November 2012 at 10:38am - Comments

This weekend, an unprecedented meeting took place in Brussels. At first glance it might not seem like much of a big deal - a bunch of fishermen from across Europe getting together in the EU capital . But this was different.

Pole and line fishing – catching tuna one by one

Posted by simon clydesdale — 2 November 2012 at 10:31am - Comments
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Today I saw a tonne of tuna. Literally. I witnessed every tuna landed on a pole and line fishing trip in the Maldives. It was a relatively slow day, 1.3 tonnes of tuna to be precise. A good day starts around 5 tonnes, but conditions were rough out there. And competition was stiff from the other pole and line boats, known as dhonis, fishing near us.

Pirates, Hotlines and Diego

Posted by simon clydesdale — 25 October 2012 at 1:52pm - Comments
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Some days just have it all.

A long day ends at 5am after my piracy watch onboard the Rainbow Warrior. We cross the Indian Ocean, moving through a piracy zone. Our security toolbox includes the eyes and ears of crew and campaigners onboard this beautiful vessel. My two hour stint was beneath a mind-bending lattice of stars and shooting stars striping the sky, with Orion’s belt crowning the massive A-frame that bestrides the Warrior.

It's time for Mauritius to take ownership of its waters

Posted by simon clydesdale — 17 October 2012 at 10:07am - Comments
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Greenpeace members meet with local artisanal fishermen in Mauritius

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has spent the past few days hosting all the key players in one of the Indian Ocean’s prime tuna hubs – Port Louis in Mauritius.

Never again in our oceans!

Posted by Bakary Coulibaly — 12 October 2012 at 1:17pm - Comments
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If there was ever a scandal that needed definitive action to be taken against those responsible for it, it is the issue of fishing permits in Senegal between March 2010 and April 2012. The effects of large factory trawlers that were granted permission to plunder Senegalese waters during this time, are still being felt by local communities.

From Falmouth to Aldeburgh: The Coast to Coast “Be a Fisherman’s Friend” Tour

Posted by Cristiana — 9 October 2012 at 11:19am - Comments
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It all started in Cornwall in the fishing village of Falmouth, where 'Clarence' the Cod made his first appearance at the Sea Shanty Festival and wowed the crowds on stage with the Fisherman’s Friends Band.

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