In September this year a small team of The Black Fish is heading to Sicily to document and expose the illegal catch of juvenile swordfish. Swordfish are large ocean predators and extremely important for the ecological balance of the ocean. Over the last decades the population of swordfish in the Mediterranean has been decreasing by nearly 70%, due to overfishing and the illegal catch of juveniles.
We are very excited to announce a new project, that will help to highlight the beauty and importance of fish. The Encyclopedia of Fish will give you an idea how amazing and interesting fish species really are.
My name is Florian Schalinski and I’m a media designer and illustrator. Since 2015 I’ve been living on the island of Borkum in the German North Sea and have been witnessing what is happening to our oceans every day.
On the 3rd of May The Black Fish took part in an event in Bremen to highlight the Fish Dependence Day 2018, which falls on the 4th of May in Germany. During this public event fisheries scientists, policy experts and NGO experts from 8 different institutes and organization discussed the future of fisheries in the EU.
Teresa, a young fisheries observer, disappears ominously from a Spanish fishing vessel. Ragna and her group of radical activists are applying doubtful methods to save the oceans from collapse, while cases of fish poisonings are increasing all over Europe.
This weekend The Black Fish ran another Citizen Inspector training in London, UK. Over the course of four days trainees would learn about anything from laws on fishing to fish identification, vessel and fishing gear monitoring to first aid and evidence collecting.
Last weekend, a team of Citizen Inspectors travelled to the German coast of the Baltic Sea including the island of Rügen. The most important fishing ports were visited and monitored in order to prepare for future campaigns and investigations.
The LUSH Summit in Old Billingsgate Market, London exceeded all expectations. The location was turned into a magical world filled with positivity and energy. Countless activists, NGOs, artists and other people came together to share their faith in a better world.
In January 2018 The Black Fish joined a collective of international NGOs calling for urgent and swift changes to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification standard and to address the flaws in the certification standard that allow fisheries with widely unacceptable impacts to be certified.
On Tuesday 16th of January the European Parliament adopted a full and definitive ban on electric fishing in Europe. This victory is a collective success of the French organisation BLOOM and all the artisanal fishers and NGOs like The Black Fish, Our Fish and the Blue Marine Foundation, who worked night and day for weeks to get this result.
The Black Fish Germany published the catalogue „The plunder of the sea – facts and demands“, which is raising the most important demands on policy makers for a positive change in European ocean politics.
On June 29th The Black Fish joined a panel discussion with the world's most popular fisheries biologist: Daniel Pauly. He gave a talk on the Impact of Fisheries and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems the Universum in Bremen, Germany.
On the first weekend of April The Black Fish ran another Citizen Inspector trainings in Hamburg, Germany. Over the course of four days trainees would learn about anything from laws on fishing to fish identification, vessel and fishing gear monitoring to first aid and evidence collecting.
In the last four weeks the The Black Fish toured through 16 major cities in Germany, giving public talks to raise awareness on the issue of overfishing and illegal fishing and to rally support for upcoming campaigns in Europe.
The Black Fish's most important film "Losing Nemo" is now available in German. Professional narrator and author Marco Mehring gave his voice to dub the 6-minutes animation movie about the issue of overfishing.
Rocks legends Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Doug Wimbish and Leah Wood joined Bernard Fowler and an impressive line up of bands including The Strypes, Hidden Charms and Will Heard, as well as a host of celebrities in London for Project 0’s Wave Makers Concert.
Sicilian sun, inspiring people and delicious food. This is all I’m thinking of while staring out of the lab window. It’s grey and rainy in Bremen and I’m waiting for my samples to defrost. “What the hell am I doing here?“ I can’t stop asking myself this question while my thoughts return to Sicily again. It has been a week since I came back home to daily life from my first investigation as a Citizen Inspector.
My name is Libby and I’ve just spent an exhilarating 10 days in Southern Italy working as an undercover investigator for The Black Fish’s Citizen Inspector Network (CIN). The mission was to inspect fishing ports and vessels for the illegal use of Fish Aggregated Devices or FADsunder the guise of ‘la tourista’.
The Black Fish has launched a series of civilian night patrols around the English coast to track shellfish poaching. Shellfish poaching is a multi-million dollar black market trade, threatening shellfish populations, exploiting migrant workers and fuelling organised crime.
They look small and harmless but Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) are the hidden killers of ocean life, catching large numbers of juvenile (baby) fish, causing bycatch and entangling other wildlife such as turtles and sharks. The Black Fish has now launched a new investigative campaign in the Mediterranean to pinpoint who is deploying the illegal devices and confiscating as many of them at sea as fuel budgets allow.
Italy’s deadly driftnets are back. The illegal use of the destructive nets, thought to have ended on a larger scale thanks to recent measures taken by the EU and Italy, has again been exposed with fresh evidence emerging of their deployment.
Over the last three months The Black Fish’s Citizen Inspectors have assisted enforcement officials in Southern Italy with surveillance to seek out illegal trade in juvenile anchovy, which are heavily overfished in the Mediterranean region.
This week a lobster fishery operating off the west coast of Sweden was granted a sustainable fishing label through the Marine Stewardship Council. However, only four months ago Citizen Inspectors of The Black Fish observed illegal fishing activities in the exact same fishery.
As of today, The Black Fish and the Italian Coastguard will combine resources and share intelligence to combat illegal fishing practices in the Mediterranean Sea. An historic agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in Messina, Sicily, will enable the two organisations to work in direct partnership to combat illegal fishing practices.
On Sunday 14 September, a team of 10 wonderful people rode the 54 miles from London to Brighton and raised over £1,800 for the work of The Black Fish. We had a lot of fun along the way. Thank you to everyone who rode, drove and donated, your support makes our work possible!
The Black Fish recently partnered with UK based Fin Fighters to investigate illegal shark fishing and finning in Morocco. Combining Fin Fighters’ scientific expertise on sharks and The Black Fish’s Citizen Inspector Network has laid the foundation for a powerful new collaboration in marine conservation. Fin Fighter Lou Ruddell writes about her experiences working with The Black Fish on the ground in Morocco.
The Black Fish and Mister Lee, the animation studio that produced the animation film Losing Nemo, were awarded during this year’s San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, the largest event of its kind. The 2014 animation award was presented to Douwe van der Werf, director of the film.
Over the last two months crew members of The Black Fish have inspected fishing ports around the Mediterranean Sea in an effort to uncover illegal driftnet fishing. After initial work in the Italian regions of Calabria and Sicily, The Black Fish expanded its work along the coasts of Albania and Tunisia.
Losing Nemo, the new animation film about industrial overfishing made by a 30+ strong international team of animators, premiered in Amsterdam yesterday. The Movies cinema hosted the event, with a mix of film makers, crew of The Black Fish, supporters and campaigners in attendance. You can view the full film here.
Europe’s marine environment is increasingly under threat from overfishing, habitat destruction, illegal fishing and poaching activity. To protect the most vulnerable of habitats and species, The Black Fish is preparing for its most ambitious campaigns to date. In this article we look back on 2011 and ahead at the new year.
Last month Mitso Kehayioglou and Loukas Pratilas, two of our most dedicated supporters, finished an epic sponsor run for The Black Fish and raised a total of € 920 for our upcoming campaigns. They attempted what was never done before: to complete the formidable Greek section of the European E4 mountain path, covering over 1,600 km in just 29 days. They ran across the entire length of Greece, including the island of Crete.