Richard Benyon

'No one owns the fish of the sea': landmark ruling prevents ocean privatisation

Posted by Ariana Densham — 10 July 2013 at 10:32am - Comments
Sustainably caught fish in Hastings
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The High Court ruling prevents big business from claiming ownership of fish stocks

This morning I was at the High Court in central London where a historic ruling was handed down on who controls the UK's right to fish.

An attempt by big fishing firms to protect their decades-long stranglehold on Britain’s fish was resoundingly defeated in court. The judgement gives back control of our seas to the public and the UK government, rather than big industry.

It’s crunch time (again) for Europe’s fish ministers

Posted by Willie — 13 May 2013 at 12:56pm - Comments
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A full page ad calls for Benyon to support sustainable fishing

If you listen to Ronan Keating much (I don’t) – you’d be familiar with the concept that Life is a Rollercoaster.

But for some of us, it’s a bit more accurate to liken the process of reforming Europe’s failed fish laws to that particular fun-fair ride : full of twists and turns, highs and lows, moments of hopeful elation, followed by moments of abject panic and fear. And sometimes making us reach for a sick bag.

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

Posted by Willie — 11 June 2012 at 1:38pm - 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!?

Help us get a fair catch for sustainable fishermen

Posted by Alicia C — 29 May 2012 at 8:53am - Comments
Ben and John Griffin, Hastings Fishermen
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John and Ben Griffin, fishermen from Hastings are part of the campaign

Today we’re launching “Be a fisherman’s friend” campaign  - an unprecedented alliance between Greenpeace and UK sustainable fishermen, to push for a real reform of broken EU fishing laws. 

UK minister Benyon flexing his political muscles in Brussels

Posted by Willie — 16 March 2012 at 5:30pm - Comments
Abdou, Issa, John Sauven, Willie Bain and Celestino discuss DEFRA policy
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Last year Richard Benyon met with Greenpeace and a delegation of West African fishermen

EU council meetings are rarely something that the vast majority of us get excited about. These meetings are when the representatives from each of the EU governments get together, to discuss specific topics. Usually it’s the relevant minister who goes, but they are effectively deputising for their government.

Video: How Europe’s plunder of West African waters is affecting local communities

Posted by hayley.baker — 5 March 2012 at 5:25pm - Comments

This week as our crew on the Arctic Sunrise highlights the mass plundering taking place at sea by European super trawlers in West Africa; our team on land in Senegal and Mauritania have met some of the communities who have been affected by this modern day pillage.

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.

IWC wrap up: too busy disagreeing to save any whales.

Posted by Willie — 18 July 2011 at 4:18pm - Comments
The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meet
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The bizarre pantomime that is the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting

The contentious thing at this year’s International Whaling Committee (IWC) annual meeting wasn’t whaling, but bizarrely it was the issue of ‘consensus’.

Will the UK government be a progressive voice on fisheries?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 13 July 2011 at 3:50pm - Comments
Fish in a net
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Tonight Greenpeace and partners outline proposals for the CFP at the event The Future of EU Fisheries

The day those of us in fish world have been waiting for is upon us. Today the European Commission officially launched its proposals for a new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and finally we'll find out if Europe intends to meet its targets to recover our decimated fish stocks, or bend to the same political pressures of its 40 year history and failing put the environment first.

Is it about time fish-eaters were more adventurous? Sainsbury’s think so.

Posted by Willie — 13 June 2011 at 2:47pm - Comments
Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's
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Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's

In Africa, safari-bound tourists are usually keen to bag ‘The Big five' - species which once people wanted to shoot with bullets, but are now ones we want to shoot with cameras. However, we're so keen to ‘bag’ these species, that tourists often overlook the other amazing wildlife all around them.

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