Dear Friend of BLUE,
In the month that Seaspiracy brought overfishing into the public eye, BLUE released a vision report for UK National Marine Parks, revealed a new piece of technology to reduce ghost gear in our oceans, and successfully campaigned for the protection of sharks in the Maldives.
Seaspiracy: Should we stop eating fish?
Seaspiracy should put you off industrial fishing practices, not eating fish, says BLUE’s Executive Director, Charles Clover. “There are solutions. The future of fishing is small-scale, not industrial. Subsidies must go.” You can read Charles’s opinion pieces on Seaspiracy on BLUE’s website and in The Times.
Maldives’ shark sanctuary protected as 11 year fishing ban remains
BLUE recently joined 113 local and international organisations to call on the Maldives government, after it was announced they may be lifting the 11 year shark fishing ban. After several weeks of campaigning, the government released a public statement implying that the ban would not be lifted.
National Marine Parks – a vision for British Seas
Join BLUE’s FADs in Responsible Tuna Fisheries Symposium
Join BLUE and our panel of experts on 6 May for an in-depth look at the controversial role of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) and the steps that responsible tuna fisheries should take to address their impacts. Please click here to register.
Watch The Ocean Awards 2021 live!
BLUE and BOAT International are delighted to invite you to celebrate the Ocean Awards 2021. The awards will be held virtually on YouTube on Wednesday 5 May 2021 5pm – 6pm (UK time). Please find the link to attend the awards here.
SAFEGEAR – a beacon of hope for the fishing industry
BLUE has revealed a new piece of technology, known as SAFEGEAR, proven successful in reducing the amount of fishing gear lost to our oceans. The project aims to make SAFEGEAR beacons available to fishers through grant funding and to reduce marine plastic pollution.
The Limit – Save Scotland’s Seas
Scotland’s marine life is being destroyed by destructive fishing. Support BLUE and the Our Seas coalition in our work to stop this, with our call for the return of an #InshoreLimit around Scotland’s coast ahead of the Scottish elections on May 6. We are aiming to reach 10,000 signatures, please sign the petition.
The Rise and Fall of the UK’s dinosaur fish
Alex Hubberstey, BLUE’s UK Sturgeon Coordinator, describes the extraordinary journey of the Atlantic and European sturgeon, which both arrived in the UK thousands of years ago and peacefully co-habited its waters until human pressures wiped them out. You can read Alex’s blog here.