[Lobby] Defending our oceans, Fish for the Future

Once we end up losing our oceans, life on earth may also come to an end.

Once we end up losing our oceans, life on earth may also come to an end.

Taiwan’s long-distance fishing fleet is plundering the Central and Western Pacific Ocean and so the focus of our work here is to stop this overfishing and protect marine ecology.  Last September and October, Greenpeace ship the Esperanza was in Taiwan to help stage a series of Save our Oceans actions:

  • Brother Tuna wandered the streets of Taipei and Kaohsiung, attracting attention with his cute but terrified face, He helped draw attention to his plight in the Pacific where tuna numbers are dwindling dangerously.

  • Some 300 Greenpeace volunteers created a human banner reading: “Fish for the Future” in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, calling on Taiwan’s government to support sustainable fishing.

  • We interviewed Taiwan people on the street and 80% lacked knowledge of marine issues; meanwhile we spoke to many small-scale fishermen who said they were worried about their livelihoods because there would soon be no fish left.

  • When the Esperanza was in the port of Keelung, we invited the public on board for three days, attracting over 3,500 visitors. They learned about the dangers to our oceans, and the crucial role Taiwan needs to play in marine conservation.

  • Greenpeace activists unfurled a giant banner reading: “Overfishing Starts Here” at Taiwan’s largest shipbuilding yard. We were protesting how Taiwan’s government is undermining international fishing agreements set up to relieve the global overfishing crisis.

Saving our oceans has nothing to do with international boundaries. Thank you to those of you in Hong Kong who are supporting our oceans work in Taiwan, helping to push sustainable fishing and making sure that there will be fish in the future.

How we stopped South Korea from whaling

Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner, Jeonghee Han: “ ‘Scientific’ whaling is just an excuse to kill whales for meat.”

I’m sure you were shocked like us when South Korea announced last July that they were planning to start a ‘scientific’ whaling program.

Our Seoul office kicked into action. In September, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza went out to the East Sea with scientists from Australia and the U.S. to demonstrate that were non-lethal methods South Korea could easily use to study whales.

As the South Korean government started gearing up to launch its first whale hunts we launched a cyber action calling on the prime minister to abandon the whale slaughter.

In less than a week, more than 50,000 people from around the world signed up to our campaign, as well as various South Korean groups. In three weeks, more than 100,000 people from 124 countries had sent an email to the South Korean Prime Minister, Kim Hwang-sik. 

Our Oceans Campaigner, Jeonghee Han visited the prime minister’s office on November 28 to remind him of the world’s strong opposition to South Korea’s proposed whale cull.

Two days later, we were told that the scientific whale hunt had been cancelled. And when the deadline for submitting its proposal to the International Whaling Commission came and passed on December 3, it was finally confirmed - South Korea had not handed in any application with the IWC for ‘scientific’ whaling. We all knew that the whales had won!