Today is the International
Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s
a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For
2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.
Captive bluefin tuna inside a transport cage which is being towed by a tug from fishing grounds in Libya to Tuna farms in Sicily, 2006.
Last Friday was the penguins' special day. Now this Friday is World Tuna
day; and whilst the world's most popular fish might not be as cute as the waddling creatures, they are amazing wild species that are vital to the ocean ecosystem and deserve to have their story told.
Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many
people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the
short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the
relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but
A penguin stands in front of a camera during Greenpeace's tour in the Southern Ocean
Today is World
Penguin Day, what a good excuse to dig out all those cute, funny and sometimes thought-provoking photos of my favourite bird! The awareness day promotes the conservation of these amazing creatures and coincides with the northward migration of adelie penguins and their return to Antarctica after months spent at sea.
Penguin Day today, April 25th, and I simply can’t imagine a
world that didn’t have penguins in it. So in order to celebrate our funny
fine-flippered friends I thought it would be good to pull together some fun
facts about penguins. Some are fun, some are facts, and some are both at once.
There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales.
Every ten years the European Union’s set of laws on fishing,
the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), gets an overhaul. Today sees that process
get its final approval and rubber-stamping from Members of the European
Parliament, as they formally approve the last piece of legislation. So it’s a
good time to pause and take stock on what CFP reform means, and why this time
round has been a game-changer.
I’m so happy to announce that after we released our 2014
tuna league table, and after all your emails, tweets and calls to Tesco
over the last few weeks – we have a fantastic victory. The manufacturer of
Oriental & Pacific tuna has agreed to our demands. This means that fewer
sharks, turtles and rays will be killed as a result of the method used to fish