Blog: Oceans

How you CAN help us uncover dirty tuna!

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 13 April 2016 at 4:45pm - Comments

Last year, Greenpeace confronted John West over a broken promise. Back in 2011, they promised customers that 100% of their tuna would be caught sustainably by the end of this year. But as of today, they’ve only reached 2% of that target. This means a whopping 98% of their tuna is caught in a way which often kills animals like endangered turtles, sharks and baby tuna.

Floaty McFloatface: The New Name For Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior Ship

Posted by Anonymous — 1 April 2016 at 9:25am - Comments
by-nc. Credit: Greenpeace
Floaty McFloatface

We're pleased to announce that, as of today, Greenpeace has renamed its iconic ship - the Rainbow Warrior - to Floaty McFloatface.

The step has been taken as part of a Greenpeace drive to rebrand for the 21st Century, helping to make the organisation relevant to the Millennial generation.

In Pictures: Flipper flying there under the sea, it's Dolphin Awareness Month

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 3 March 2016 at 1:40pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes
Dolphin around the Esperanza in the Atlantic Ocean

It’s March and it's Dolphin Awareness Month! Dolphins are extremely intelligent and social animals that live in pods, can swim at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour and maybe able to dive up to 1,000 feet - as well as jump as high as 20 feet out of the water. These images document why we need to protect these magnificent creatures!

Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

Posted by Willie — 25 February 2016 at 1:24pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Modrow/Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists blockade whale meat shipment in port of Hamburg.

No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year.

This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this summer. The man behind that whaling is claiming that he’s stopping because of ‘hindrances’ in exporting the meat. That’s great news for whales, and everyone who has been opposing this needless, senseless hunt.

World's oldest wild bird has a new chick - but is it a doomed messenger in an increasingly polluted ocean?

Posted by Willie — 16 February 2016 at 2:31pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: https://www.facebook.com/hokuleawwv
World's oldest wild bird, Laysan albatross Wisdom & chick | https://www.facebook.com/hokuleawwv

Imagine becoming a parent at the age of 65. It might seem miraculous but that is what has happened to the world’s oldest known wild bird, an Albatross living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

A tale of two tunas

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 15 February 2016 at 3:39pm - Comments
Fish gather under Fish Aggregating Device (FAD)
All rights reserved. Credit: © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace
All kinds of marine life gather under so-called "Fish Aggregating Devices" - or "FADs" - and are then scooped up in huge fishing nets

Imagine a world where there are two tuna companies called John West.

Both are the number one brand in their market. Both faced Greenpeace campaigns and, as a consequence, made commitments to sell 100% sustainably-caught tuna by the end of 2016.

Now imagine one John West has kept its promise to consumers. And the other John West has broken it.

This isn’t some fantasy world. It’s very real. And it’s not good news for UK consumers...

Why do whales strand on beaches?

Posted by Willie — 26 January 2016 at 1:19pm - Comments
Sperm whales washed up on skegness beach
All rights reserved. Credit: Lee Swift
Sperm whales washed up on a Skegness beach

Shocking and sad images have been all over the media in the past few days as some massive sperm whales have washed up dead on British beaches. Normally humans and these deep water leviathans live far apart, so it’s understandable that we are surprised and distraught to encounter them like this. But why does it happen? And what can you do?

5 Small Things That Explain The Big Problem with Microbeads

Posted by India Thorogood — 18 January 2016 at 4:27pm - Comments

Wondering how you can get your friends to bin the dodgy plastic face scrubs? Want to get them to sign our petition to David Cameron? Here's 5 things that'll explain it all in no time at all.

1. This straight to the point cartoon:

What are microbeads and why should we ban them?

Posted by India Thorogood — 14 January 2016 at 12:57pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

UPDATE: Over 330,000 people have signed the petition to ban microbeads - add your name here.

New Year's plastic resolution: 5 simple ways to help the ocean.

Posted by Willie — 7 January 2016 at 12:22pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Poldhu Beach Watcher/BBC News

The New Year’s storms have brought a lurid, unmissable reminder to UK beaches, with thousands of bright pink detergent bottles being churned up by the sea. As waves of highly-visible plastic trash hit British beaches, it’s a timely reminder of a much bigger problem: we are turning our oceans into plastic soup. It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT MILLION TONNES of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.

Syndicate content

Follow Greenpeace UK