Doing your bit, August 2011

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Hugh's Fish Fight

Something has been gnawing at me for awhile now. How to make people more aware of fundamental issues like the environment, conservation and related issues. There are certainly many organisations doing great work out there and also do a great job of getting the message out, but the reality is that the vast majority of people still do not stop and take the time to find out about what is going. To just read a blog post, to think about the impact of which tin of tuna or the piece of clothing they buy.

Quite often, change can happen just be getting enough people aware of what is going on. Hugh’s Fish Fight is a great example of this. Once people heard about it, saw what was happening, there was a large enough shift in thinking for corporates and governments, they stopped, took notice and importantly changed for the good. (Read, Fish Fight: Impact on you and Impact on Leaders) Continue reading Doing your bit, August 2011

Quiet please

For those following my identi.ca, Google + or Twitter feeds you’ll have been a little inundated today with some news. Apologies for that, I been focused on getting a new project off the ground this past week and half and have neglected some important news I’d like to share from various sources like Greenpeace. (Summary here)

On the new project, I’ll be able to share some more news on that over the next two weeks. I’ll write about it here and update folks via social media (see links above) as always.

All the best

Brendan

UK fishing communities – who is stealing your right to fish?

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Landing mackerel in Mousehole, less than 5 commercial fishermen still fish from here

UK fishing communities are having their fishing rights stolen from them. Having lived in a fishing community in the UK for four years and fished for pleasure and profit, I have seen the devastation of this policy, and the myriad of other EU and UK fisheries policy, has wrecked on the livelihood of local small boat fishermen, who make up 75% of the UK fishing fleet.

Again we see big business forcing the hand of politicians for their own gain rather than the protection of a public resource and livelihood of those that depend on it.

The decline of the British fishing industry is often blamed on the EU quota system – the means by which European policymakers decide how many fish European fleets are allowed to catch every year. Less is generally said about how the UK government allocates their share of EU quota domestically – and how this unfair allocation represents a stealth privatisation of public rights, destroying the British fishing industry and the coastal communities that depend on it.

Read on: Who owns the right to catch fish? Manchester United?

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