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Let the Games commence – sustainably of course

On the 23 July 2014, Glasgow will open the 20th Commonwealth Games since the first Games were held in 1930. The director of the Glasgow Games has stated that this could be the most sustainable sports event ever… but just what does that mean for the Games’ seafood customers and our oceans? The background to […]

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Antarctic Krill © Chris Gilbert, British Antarctic Survey

Bridging the Krill divide

Understanding the objectives for krill fishing and conservation in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula Region. Antarctic krill are small crustaceans – a bit like shrimps (picture ‘Will and Bill the krill’ – played by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt in Happy Feet 2). They have large black eyes and a translucent pink shell,  […]

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Svalbard Polar Bear

The Queens of Svalbard

My Colleague Gert from WWF Netherlands has just returned from a trip with the Norwegian Polar Institute polar bear research crew on board the MS Lance, and it’s safe to say the trip was nothing like he expected. The mission was to capture and tag polar bears, take body measurements and fit females with satellite […]

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Championing development of a transparent Global Record of fishing vessels

The Global Record of fishing vessels (GR) is intended as a record and source of information on the world fleet of fishing and fishing related vessels. Currently no such comprehensive record and information source on vessels and their permitted activities exists, which means that regulatory organisations authorise individual measures on vessels without access to information […]

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Yellowfin tuna shoal, Pacific Ocean, Mexico. Copyright: Jürgen Freund WWF-Canon World Tuna Day

Don’t skipjack, keep your Bigeye on the yellowfin

Many of us will be familiar with the different species of tuna that are traded internationally in cans, fresh, frozen steaks and sushi. However, the importance of tuna is far greater than as a filling in a sandwich with mayo. Fishing for tuna is carried out in the tropical and sub-tropical waters of the world […]

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Fish market, Mafia Island, Tanzania. Copyright: David Tanner WWF-UK

Marine conservation and addressing local poverty in southern Tanzania

One of the things people sometimes don’t realise about the work that WWF carries out around the world is that often it is not related to working directly with wildlife or working in ‘nature reserves’. This is particularly true in East Africa where local people’s ongoing reliance on nature and its products (fruit, fish, timber […]

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A sunken fishing vessel

The Cape Town Agreement on Fishing Vessel Safety should be ratified

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted as its theme for the 2014 Maritime Day: “IMO conventions: effective implementation”. One of the measures of particular importance to the fishing industry is the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel Safety. Fishing Industry’s Poor Record Fishing vessels continue to have one of the worst safety records (PDF) […]

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Fishing Vessels of 100GT and above, such as the pictured UK trawler Catharina, can now obtain an IMO Number.

A starting point for greater transparency in the fishing industry

WWF were instrumental in initiating and then co-sponsoring the decision taken on 4 December 2013 at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), to include fishing vessels of 100GT and above into the voluntary IMO Numbering Scheme. This is an important measure to improve transparency in the fishing industry, long beset by non-permanent vessel identifiers such as […]

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