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  • Tuna are for life, not just for lunch.

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - May 2, 2014 at 12:35

    Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

    There are 8 recognised species of ‘true’ tuna (Atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin, southern bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, longtail & blacktail) and a further 8 species in the extended family that are normally called ‘tuna’.

    Skipjack, the most commonly-eaten tuna is not biologically a proper tuna, it’s more of a distant cousin.

    Big tuna are super-predators. They eat fish that eat fish, so they are a few steps up the food chain. That makes them comparable with tigers, or wolves on land....

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  • Taking action, in freedom to #SaveTheArctic

    Blogpost by Faiza Oulahsen - May 2, 2014 at 8:14

    Protest against Russian oil tanker transporting oil from the Gazprom drilling platform Prirazlomnaya

    Today is the day. The very first barrels of Arctic oil have found their way to my home country. Gazprom, Russia’s biggest energy company, has shipped the first tanker with crude oil from the Arctic to the Rotterdam harbor, the Netherlands.

    You have to admit, Gazprom’s pursuit for Arctic oil has been relentless. 5 million angry people, 3 years of delay and 30 prisoners later, the glorious day of controversy has arrived. Almost admirable if it wasn’t risking a fragile region for oil that is supposed to stay beneath the seabed anyway.

    Despite the darkness of this day, our millions of voices did not go unheard. “The Arctic is a fragile environment that needs to be protected and preserved”, stated a member of the Labor party in the Dutch parliament. Common sense more politicians seemed to sha... Read more >

  • Greenpeace ship to encounter the first shipment of Arctic oil

    Blogpost by Jason Schwartz - May 1, 2014 at 12:36

    The rumors are true, Greenpeace has sent the Rainbow Warrior III to find the Mikhail Ulyanov, a Russian oil tanker carrying a shipment from the first rig to ever extract oil from the Arctic.

    That rig, called Prirazlomnaya, is the same one that activists aboard another Greenpeace boat, the Arctic Sunrise, confronted last year. After that action, the 28 people aboard the boat (dubbed the Arctic 30) were incarcerated in Russia on charges that ranged from piracy to hooliganism for 100 days, sometimes in harsh conditions. Those charges were later dropped.