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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.

Common sense discarded

Posted by Ariana Densham — 20 February 2012 at 4:55pm - Comments
Small scale fishermen in Cornwall
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Small scale fishermen in Cornwall

In the same way that discarding perfecting good fish, dead or dying back into sea is a disgrace, so is the attitude of many European fisheries ministers charged with ensuring sustainable fish stocks and viable fishing communities. For years they have ignored the obvious: that if they negotiated policies that allowed fish stocks to recover and championed low impact fishing, they would create more jobs.

Why greens can build the new capitalism

Posted by ruthdavis — 14 February 2012 at 9:55am - Comments
David Cameron is confused about the CFP - help by writing to him
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The Common Fisheries Policy ensures that fewer and fewer people catch more and more fish

This blog was originally posted on the New Statesman website on 9 Feb 2012.

Politicians have queued up to announce the dawn of the era of 'new capitalism'. Yet many commentators seemed less convinced; instead seeing merely the triumph of the old capitalism over any viable alternative. It seemed that having got drunk, fallen over and been sick in its hat, capitalism had woken up in 2012 feeling remarkably perky. It was the rest of us who had the hangover.

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.

Tuna bluewash? Bolton’s fishy commitments

Posted by simon clydesdale — 30 January 2012 at 1:19pm - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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Tuna giant Bolton says it will be '100% sustainable' by 2017, but how?

After the huge success of our UK tinned tuna campaign, described by the Independent as "one of the most successful environmental campaigns in years", it was great to hear a big European tuna brand - Bolton commit to completely clean up its act.

Senegalese fishermen fight back against factory fishing

Posted by Alicia C — 27 January 2012 at 5:38pm - Comments
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Senegalese fisherman join Greenpeace campaigners in defending fish stocks from industrial trawlers

In the run up to the Senegalese presidential elections, Youssou N’dour isn’t the only controversial show on the road. Last week, a caravan tour organised by the small-scale fishing sector and our colleagues in Greenpeace Africa, called on presidential candidates to take urgent action against foreign super trawlers.  

This is how much you pay EU super trawlers to empty African waters

Posted by Alicia C — 23 December 2011 at 12:29pm - Comments
Activists paint Europe’s largest factory fishing vessels in the port of IJmuiden
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Floating fish factories are plundering fish stocks off West Africa

Our friends in Greenpeace Holland have today painted the sides of three of Europe’s largest factory fishing vessels in the port of IJmuiden, identifying the amount of EU subsidies these ships have received - subsidies which enable them to plunder the waters of West Africa.

This is the best meal of my life

Posted by tracy — 21 December 2011 at 12:00pm - Comments

That’s what I heard above the chatter as the crew finished the fifth course – Bream served with red tea, orange and chocolate – prepared by the creative and expert hands of Diego Guerrero.

Greenpeace and fishermen deliver 10,000 ‘fishy wishes’ to Cameron

Posted by Ariana Densham — 16 December 2011 at 11:52am - Comments
Greepeace and Nufta hand in CFP petition to Downing Street
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David Ritter, Ariana Densham (Greenpeace), Jerry Percy and Paul Joy (NUTFA) and Ian Campbell (Ocean 2012)

Something unprecedented happened yesterday. Greenpeace campaigners and part of the UK fishing industry came together to deliver 10,000 messages from Greenpeace supporters about the need for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to Number 10.  

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