Oceans

Celebrating island (wild) life

Posted by Willie — 22 May 2014 at 12:05am - Comments
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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.

In pictures: It's World Tuna Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 May 2014 at 10:02am - Comments
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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 for life, not just for lunch.

Posted by Willie — 2 May 2014 at 12:00am - Comments
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Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

Name that tuna

Posted by Willie — 30 April 2014 at 1:51pm - Comments
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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 beleaguered bluefins.

In pictures: flappy feet for World Penguin Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 25 April 2014 at 12:22am - Comments
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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.<--break->

Waddle you do to celebrate World Penguin Day?

Posted by Willie — 25 April 2014 at 12:10am - Comments
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'Give us a kiss, it's World Penguin Day!'

It’s World 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. 

Japan to defy UN court and continue whaling

Posted by Junichi Sato — 18 April 2014 at 10:13pm - Comments
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"Scientific research"

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.

Transforming Europe’s fishing policy – the end and the beginning

Posted by Willie — 16 April 2014 at 10:27am - Comments
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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.

Ten dolphin facts for National Dolphin Day

Posted by Willie — 14 April 2014 at 3:04pm - Comments
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So, today is National Dolphin Day. Of course dolphins seem happy every day – but here are ten special things you might not know about the ocean's biggest grinners:

Breaking: Tesco backs down and Oriental & Pacific cleans up

Posted by Ariana Densham — 10 April 2014 at 1:27pm - Comments
Olive Ridley turtle in the Pacific Ocean
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Olive Ridley turtle in the Pacific Ocean

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 this tuna.

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