Have you ever seen a cod dancing and a mackerel making friends on the beach?

Posted by Cristiana — 30 July 2012 at 3:42pm - Comments
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Greenpeace volunteers and members of a sea shanty band

My colleague Alicia and I recently had the great opportunity of travelling down from the Greenpeace office to Falmouth to meet the amazing all-female Cornwall group composed of Vicky, Helen, Leila, Lisa and Becky. They were accompanied by Clarence the Cod (aka Colin – the only man in the group) to spread their contagious enthusiasm for our Be a Fisherman’s Friend campaign to the public.

Biggest fine in maritime history for Spanish fishing barons in UK

Posted by Ariana Densham — 26 July 2012 at 4:00pm - Comments
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Vidal family members arrive in court

I don’t know what I expected notorious Spanish fishing barons to look like. Strapping and medallioned, with deep tans and fancy wrist watches? Or sinewy, wiry and sly? In any case, the four defendants (three men and one woman) looked like fairly normal folk, if a little perplexed by the throngs of local and national media wielding cameras and questions outside the Truro Courthouse in Cornwall.

Why do Europe’s taxpayers fund overfishing overseas?

Posted by Willie — 10 July 2012 at 2:13pm - Comments
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Dutch super trawler in West Africa

Q: What do you do when you run out of fish?

A: go catch someone else’s!

Cheeky perhaps, but that is the gist of what is referred to in European fishy politics circles as ‘The External Dimension’. Although it sounds like something from sci-fi, this is quite simply European fishing boats catching fish in non-European waters. Earlier this year I joined a Greenpeace ship in West Africa to see the scale of this first hand. It’s a pretty big deal, in every sense.

Recovery for Europe’s fisheries, or just wishful thinking?

Posted by Willie — 4 July 2012 at 10:51am - Comments
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Basic first aid tells you the most important thing to do is not cause any more harm: don’t make things worse. That makes sense, of course, but if you happen upon someone lying bleeding on the pavement, simply not kicking them on the way past isn’t really a good enough reaction.

I’ve been struggling for analogies to use, ways to try and explain just what is so bad about the recent EU Council ‘agreement’ on fish stocks.

A big step forward for our oceans

Posted by Fran G — 28 June 2012 at 1:07pm - Comments
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For a long time organisations like Greenpeace, backed by people like you, have been calling for stronger protection of our oceans.

Last week showed our voices were heard. The Australian environment minister Tony Burke announced what is a genuinely significant step forward for ocean protection, not only for Australia, but in global terms. 

Guest blog: Juliet Eilperin travels through the hidden world of sharks

Posted by hayley.baker — 21 June 2012 at 3:42pm - Comments
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Juliet Eilperin, pictured in Belize is national environmental reporter for the Washington Post

As summer begins, sharks are on many people’s minds. People are thinking about them, however, in radically different ways.

Many beachgoers view sharks with trepidation, especially after 30-year old Ian Redmond was killed in a shark strike last year while honeymooning in the Seychelles. But for many of the world’s leaders, this may be the time when they’re preparing to rethink the shark.

A good deal for our oceans, or does something smell fishy in Luxembourg?

Posted by Willie — 20 June 2012 at 10:30am - Comments
Cornwall Greenpeace group went to the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival to campaign a
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Last weekend Cornwall Greenpeace group took our new campaign to the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival

EU Council meetings – the epitome of fun. These are when representatives of each EU member state, usually the relevant government minister, get together to discuss issues of importance.  Last Monday - all day, and into the small hours, it was the turn of  the UK’s minister, Richard Benyon to get together with his 26 counterparts to discuss and agree a way forward on Common Fisheries Policy reform.

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

Posted by Willie — 11 June 2012 at 12:38pm - Comments
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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 2:08pm - Comments
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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 9:27am - 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? 

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