Wild Atlantic salmon 'under threat' from escaped farmed fish and sea liceGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Scottish salmon industry criticised by leading anglers group which says government fish farm inspections are 'too lenient'. Fish farms are being frequently hit by parasite infestations and mass escapes that threaten the survival of the UK's wild salmon stocks, a leading anglers' group has said....
Illegal trawlers are Bethune's new targetGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Pete Bethune spent four months in a Japanese jail for action against whalers. Now he has new targets in his sights "Don't make me out to be violent, or some kind of cowboy," says Pete Bethune, as he holds me in his steady, brown-eyed gaze. Seven months on from his release from a Japanese prison, after being convicted for taking direct action against whaling ships and crew, we've met in a south London pub to discuss his new campaign group, Earthrace Conservation.
EU proposal to ban fish discards - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 01 Mar 2011
Maria Damanaki, the European Fisheries commissioner, has drawn up a proposal to ban the controversial practice of discards - a perverse consequence of current quota rules imposed by Brussels, and will present it to a meeting of ministers and MEPs on Tuesday.
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish dealReuters | 17 Feb 2011
Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.
Hemingway's old man is all at seaGuardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Environment questions, rarely the most fascinating events. As ever - especially when they were discussing the wretched common fisheries policy – my mind drifted, this time to consider how Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea might have turned out if he had written in the light of EU rules. All jargon is from today's session.The old man's forehead crinkled and above him the sun flamed in the pewter sky like the eyes of a Parisian putain. Madre de dios, he had had bad luck.
Eating new species of fish is not the answerGuardian Unlimited | 28 Jan 2011
What constitutes victory for Hugh's Fish Fight? Getting people excited about fish isn't exactly easy. But somehow Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Channel 4 have managed to do it, bringing a new level of public scrutiny to the plight of fish stocks. Hugh's Fish Fight campaign already has more than 600,000 signatures, and now has big retailers promising to change their labelling and sourcing policies.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: fighting for fishGuardian Unlimited | 13 Jan 2011
The fishing industry is in a shocking state. We're throwing half our North Sea catch back, dead. We're dyeing our salmon to make it a prettier pink. What's to be done? The premise of my three-part series. Hugh's Fish Fight (shown on Channel 4) is to highlight that the fish-eating habits of this nation are seriously misaligned with the long-term viability of our fisheries. More than half the fish we eat comes from just three species - cod, tuna and salmon.
Over-fished cod get some reprieve in EU quota dealReuters | 15 Dec 2010
Europe's conservation-minded fishing chief won a partial victory on Wednesday, convincing fishing nations to forego some short-term profits in 2011 to help rehabilitate over-exploited species such as cod. But Britain appeared to have succeeded in diluting plans to halve the catch of cod in Scottish waters, possibly weakening efforts to protect the main species used in the traditional fish and chips meal.
Deep-sea sharks protected as EU sets fish quotasReuters | 30 Nov 2010
European fisheries ministers have agreed minor cuts to quotas for some vulnerable deep-sea fish and more stringent measures to protect rare sharks. The European Union is trying to nurse its fish stocks back to health after decades of over-exploitation. Deep-sea fish are particularly vulnerable as they reproduce so slowly.
Fishing nations agree slim Atlantic tuna quota cutReuters | 27 Nov 2010
Fishing nations agreed on Saturday to a slim reduction in quotas for catching giant Atlantic bluefin tuna, whose stocks have plunged as fishermen strive to meet demand from sushi lovers.
Scottish fishermen plead guilty to 'black landing' of mackerel and herringGuardian Unlimited | 22 Nov 2010
Officials describe the landing of illegal catches worth more than £37m as a 'crime against the marine environment'. Trawlermen from Shetland have admitted illegally catching more than £37m worth of mackerel and herring during a long-running plot to sidestep the strict quotas introduced to protect against overfishing.
Fishing families - sons of the seaGuardian Unlimited | 10 Sep 2010
What happens when two generations of fishermen sail together? Emine Saner on the family pride - and sometimes conflict – behind a fading breed. The Fishermen's Mission in Newlyn, the fishing town at the tip of Cornwall, is filling up with men who are the perfect images of sea fishermen: grizzled...
Poachers hit Somerset's elver fisheriesGuardian Unlimited | 28 May 2010
Juvenile eels net thousands of pounds for their captors - putting the future of a whole species at riskDusk falls and the elver poachers appear. They set up their equipment in the mud and then simply wait for the tide to rush in, bringing with it thousands of tiny juvenile eels.Within an hour one...
Living proof that conservation worksThe Independent | 15 May 2010
North Sea cod, once on the brink as a result of decades of over-fishing, has now recovered to an extent that the public should start eating it again with enthusiasm, one of the world's biggest wildlife charities has said. As a result, the EU has increased the British quota for North Sea cod by 16...
Sea trout subject of £1.8m studyBBC World Service | 11 Mar 2010
A project aims to discover more about the life and pressures on the sewin or sea trout in Wales and Ireland.