Championing coastal waters and communities

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Publication date: 
14 July, 2014

An action plan for the regeneration of the UK’s inshore waters, fisheries and coastal communities

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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.

Small-scale fishermen defeat trawler barons in court battle for Britain's fish

Last edited 10 July 2013 at 10:09am

High Court ruling clears way for major shake-up of fishing quota system, says Greenpeace

10 July, 2013

10 July 2013 – For immediate release

Greenpeace is urging the government to push ahead with a major shake-up of the UK fishing quota system after an attempt by big fishing firms to protect their stranglehold on Britain's fish was roundly defeated in the High Court.

 In a landmark ruling on an unprecedented legal battle for the control of the UK fishing quota, the court backed the government's decision to redistribute some of the unused fishing allowances held by the industry heavyweights to small inshore fishing boats [1].

Making waves on the long road to fishing reform

Posted by simon clydesdale — 30 May 2013 at 4:07pm - Comments
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A petition of over 100,000 paper and digital paper boats is delivered to the EU Irish Presidency ahead of crucial CFP meetings

Listen. Can you hear it? No? Come closer. There. The fat CFP lady is beginning to sing.

Support sustainable fishermen with the Arctic Sunrise

Last edited 30 May 2013 at 12:10pm


This spring the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise and its crew set out on a journey to support the growing movement of Europe’s sustainable fishermen.

Deal or no deal on Europe's fishing laws?

Posted by Willie — 20 May 2013 at 5:47pm - Comments
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Will politicians net a fair fishing deal?

While considering how to write a blog on the latest developments on Europe’s bumpy road to fisheries reform, I decided to take a step back in time. Eleven months ago I wrote this blog explaining where the discussions were at, what was still on the table, and outlining a number of areas of concern.

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.

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