In October 2018 a team of four Citizen Inspectors from three different countries gathered in Tunisia. Their aim was to investigate the use of illegal bottom trawls, locally referred to as “Kiss” (“bag” in Arabic), in the Gulf of Gabès and to count the vessels equipped with the prohibited gear to provide a realistic estimation of the total number of illegal trawlers operating in the area.
In September 2018 ten people from four different European countries met on the beautiful island of Sicily. They were on a mission: to documented and expose illegal fishing activities all over the island, focusing on the catch of undersized swordfish.
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.