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How to deal with it. On investigation in Morocco.

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.

Staring into the big dark eye of the shark a terrible chill came over me, and in that instant it hit me; the cold, stark remembrance of everything I had seen in the last three weeks, and in that very moment I knew my purpose in life, I knew like never before the importance of saving these incredible creatures; of saving sharks.

Then shaking my head and breaking out of my day dream I looked around me, I was sitting in Plymouth train station on my way to a school lecture gazing into the eye of Bruce, my cardboard cut-out Mako shark. Looking at Bruce I had been transported back to a moment when a few weeks ago I was staring onto the eyes of a real Mako shark, a dead Mako shark.

I have always deeply loved sharks and last year I began Fin Fighters; a not for profit group working to end the sale and distribution of shark fin and dedicated to pushing for increased protection of sharks globally. So when The Black Fish approached us to collaborate on a project in Morocco monitoring shark fishing in that area, we jumped at the chance of doing something practical to help save sharks as well as the opportunity of working closely with a group that we greatly respected.

The trip was mainly centred on spending time in ports and markets to see if there was any evidence of sharks or illegal shark fishing and as The Black Fish team taught us how to conduct these inspections we taught them what to look for and how to identify sharks, and together we travelled the coast compiling our findings.

Despite spending the last 3 years researching and campaigning for sharks, until these port inspections I had never seen a shark in the flesh, this for me was the strangest and the most shocking part of the trip, but not for the reason I expected.

Something happens when you are in a port or market monitoring and collecting information – you become centred on that moment and taking that photo or finding that equipment, or finding that shark. Collecting the evidence becomes key. In the adrenaline of that moment every emotion you would expect to be having as a shark lover is absent. You are there to do a job and honestly this completely threw me, at one point I was even handed a baby Mako shark to hold by an enthusiastic fisherman; something I would normally be devastated by. But I felt nothing, for which I was ashamed and confused.

I spent a good deal of time in Morocco beating myself up about my confused reactions to seeing the animals I loved so desperately being slaughtered, but eventually I realised that these emotions were always there, that they were just pushed aside in what was my coping mechanism, and it worked; I honestly don’t think I could have done the job otherwise because actually what we saw was for me so deeply and profoundly upsetting.

Fast forward to the plane ride home and suddenly the sobbing starts and it didn’t stop for a good few hours. There it was, it all came out, all that sadness and frustration and confusion – the other passengers thought I was nuts! When it was finished I sat quite calmly and reflected on what we had actually achieved and why it was so necessary to have been there.

We saw many dead and dying sharks but we were doing something to expose the insane extent of that slaughter. Suddenly I felt proud, what we had been doing took courage and a strength I never knew I had.

This trip and working with The Black Fish has taught me many valuable lessons about practical conservation; the biggest of which was how vital it is to learn how to cope with your emotions when confronted by your fears, and how to push past this in order to get the job done. I learnt that it is OK to do this, it does not make me a machine, just a human being.

I move forward now with a better understanding of myself and a firm resolve. Fin Fighters will continue to push harder than ever for the protection of sharks, and although I will never look at Bruce the cardboard shark in quite the same way, I am glad because my resolve to save sharks will forever be the stronger for it.

Messi and other innovative ways to protect sharks

Having just returned from an undercover investigation into shark fishing with The Black Fish in Morocco, Phil Root writes about his personal experiences.

I step off the plane at Marrakech Airport and the heat hits me, it is 10am and I’ve been awake for 26 hours give or take the hour of neck cramping sleep I had on the plane. But I am excited and nervous, I still have to pick up a hire car and drive it to Casablanca. This it turns out was a little easier said than done, I find the car hire booth and wait for the sales rep to show up, after negotiations on model of car I am taken outside and driven to a garage in the centre of the city. The car is a larger model that we had expected, but should be good for transporting our gear around so I get in and try to orientate myself in a car that (being from England) is set out back to front, I set out nervously into the wrong (or so I was corrected by someone later, the right) side of the road.

It is midday in the middle of Marrakech, it is chaos as cars and mopeds come at me from both sides, I don’t have a map or a Sat Nav, I turn down a quieter side street and not being able to judge the cars size yet plough the right hand wing mirror into a parked van! Broken glass sprays into the car. I carry on regardless and hope I can find a garage to replace it later and eventually find my way onto the highway headed to Casa.

Arriving rather shaky, stressed and tired it’s a welcome feeling to meet by the co-ordinator smiling and reassuring me that the wing mirror incident was nothing to worry about, ‘it’ll only cost us 800 euros’ he chuckles. Meeting everyone at the hotel it quickly became clear that I was in the company of a very diverse group who were all equally creative and intuitive. Working on a campaign like this intuition and creativity is exactly what it needed as there is a lot of thinking on your feet, you have to be a self-sufficient and self-motivated individual as new information can be discovered and acted on at any moment.

For this campaign the main focus was to relay the Northern and Western coasts of Morocco, visiting ports along the way to assess what types of fishing were occurring and whether we saw any practices that warranted further investigation. For most of the volunteers this was just another week out of many travelling and working on conservation issues, for me it was the first and I felt excited if not a little out of my depth. This feeling of discomfort didn’t last long though as working with the group to solve problems and plan new strategies kept us busy and living out of a rucksack, constantly on the move made me feel strangely at home.

One way to document illegal fishing practises is by taking pictures. To capture the footage we needed we had to be inventive; even though we were playing the innocent tourist, in some places it was simply prohibit –for obvious reasons- to take photographs. This is where the small extreme sports cameras came into their element. One of the team had brought with her a bum bag (50p from the local charity shop), into which she cut a small hole at the front and inserted her camera so that only the lens stuck out, another quickly followed suit and bought a ‘Prada’ bag from the market for around 5 Euros. A few days later – I couldn’t stay behind – we could capture all the footage we needed without anyone noticing. Walking around the port however with a hidden camera definitely gets your pulse racing. To you it seems so obvious you’re just waiting for someone to start pointing and yelling at your bag “camera, camera”.

Moroccan cities usually house a market area called a ‘Medina’; a place usually very old and consisting of winding cramped streets and alleys selling an array of clothing, antiques, carpets, household wares and food. It was whilst wandering around one of the Medinas I started to notice a common thread to all of them, they sold football shirts in vast quantities. Most of the population it seemed were football mad and with the World Cup just starting everyone had the fever. After this I noticed most of the fishermen also wore their team colours; this gave me the idea to gain their trust by wearing their favourite football team shirt.

Strolling confidently into the next port I spot a bright yellow and red shirt. Emblazoned on the back is the name ‘MESSI’, fishermen and workers look at me and smile and I shake some of their hands. We are shown around the port by an enthusiastic fisherman and as we duck under some barbed wire fencing we are told “this is for the sharks”. I take a look around and notice some baiting hooks for a longline, I head over and smile, they regard my shirt and smile back. I ask if I can take a photo, ‘sure, no problem’. The fisherman is no fool, he knows we’re tourists and at the end of the tour asks for a little help towards his fishing gear and bait, we give him a little money to say thanks, knowing he has helped us out as much as we helped him.

Being on this campaign for three weeks and seeing everyone develop interesting and creative ways to the task at hand, I feel the campaign has been a success and an experience that I will take with me. I have made some new friends and look forward to the next time I may see them, sleep deprived in a cramped hotel room plotting new and ingenious ways to help protect sharks.

 

Joining the competent crew training

A personal experience by Andrew – “If you can learn to sail in The Solent then you can sail anywhere in the world”, claimed Jason our sailing instructor as we tucked into chips and veggie burgers overlooking the busy Portsmouth harbour. Too tired and exhilarated after our first day aboard sailboat Karic, owned by vegan sailing cooperative The Sailboat Project, to want to cook in the galley we had left her moored at Gosport marina and headed out to find some food and a beer to discuss the day’s events.

What he was trying to explain to his four crew members starting The Black Fish competent crew member course was that the waterways we had just sailed through on the south coast of England were one of the busiest and complicated tidal stretches of sea to sail on in Europe.

By the end of our training week we were able to steer the boat, handle the sails and ropes, tie nautical knots, understand the important rules of the road, deal with a man overboard situation, and generally become competent and comfortable with life and general duties onboard.  It was a steep learning curve as we lived and sailed on the yacht in all conditions but one that will stand us in good stead for any future hands on marine action we may be involved in.

The small crew were composed of trainees from Spain, Latvia and the UK – citizens from different nations, backgrounds, and ages, all united in the common goal of marine protection and conservation.  After a workshop and talk by The Black Fish onboard Karic we left Chichester Harbour; an ecologically important natural harbour and sailed past oystercatchers, dunlin and little egrets.

Over the next 5 days we negotiated tidal waters, cruise ships, ferries and sailing regattas, and visited the world renowned yachting destination of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.  We berthed in and negotiated marinas, anchored overnight in sheltered waters and took early morning swims from our anchorage.

We stopped for provisions at small historically important maritime villages such as Emsworth where the huge nineteenth century oyster fishing industry was decimated and collapsed as a result of sewage pollution in 1902 – an early warning of the future damage that the seas would face from our extreme exploitation of them in the twentieth century and today.

We plotted a night passage through the busy Solent and learnt about different marker buoys and night lights. In the evenings we cooked and ate great vegan dishes and sat in the light of the cabin discussing marine and environmental issues, reviewed what we’d learnt through the day, and even sang sea shanties one night as our laughter carried across the still dark waters.

The camaraderie of our instructor and fellow crew members was special and I came away with a Royal Yachting Association certificate and a greater knowledge of the seas and how to operate within them.  I was honoured to be selected for the course by The Black Fish and it was an invaluable week that gave me skills that I will undoubtedly use in my future work as a small part of the massive ongoing struggle to save our oceans.

Blackfish: Review by The Black Fish

It isn’t often that a documentary is able to capture ones attention for what is often perceived a mere emotional issue in such a rational and matter of fact way. Blackfish is a new documentary that offers an exclusive look into the world of marine parks. A must see for anyone who has ever been to one or is intrigued to learn what really happens behind its enclosures.

The story is set around the experiences of former trainers at Sea World and other parks and tells the tale of captive killer whales, through the eyes of those who worked with them most closely. Lead role is reserved for Tilikum, a large male killer whale, taken from his mother and natural habitat off Iceland at a young age 30 years ago. We follow the animal from his first years at the Canadian park Sealand, where he was kept in a tiny pool to his current days in solitude at Sea World in Florida, US.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who directed the film, shows in a remarkably rational way why animals such as killer whales should not be held in captivity and why it is perhaps no surprise that boredom and frustration takes over, which has already resulted in attacks and the subsequent deaths of 3 people. Furthermore it exposes some shocking media spin practices by the multi million dollar marine park companies to hide the truth of these attacks. The show must go on!

Showing shocking and emotional archive footage, this documentary will leave you breathless.

For info about the film, release dates and more, visit http://blackfishmovie.com/

Please note that the film Blackfish is not officially related to The Black Fish. Although we think it tells an important story about animals in captivity, our efforts are focused on combating overfishing and other human-inflicted impacts on the ocean life instead, which actually are the greatest threats facing killer whales in the wild.

BBC features The Black Fish’s work on illegal fishing

BBC Radio 4 has featured The Black Fish in its programme Costing The Earth, investigating the issue of industrial overfishing and how The Black Fish is tackling illegal fishing which is threatening marine wildlife. Reporter Tom Heap spent the day with The Black Fish during a boat training session and discussed international fishing politics, the various issues created by industrial overfishing and how a grassroots movement of active citizens can make a difference.

Listen to the broadcast

Announcing UK speaking tour 27 Oct – 10 Nov

The Black Fish will be on tour in the UK from October 27th until November 10th and would like to invite you to join our co-founder Wietse van der Werf at one of the dates for an evening of information and inspiration. Learn more about the growing problems created by industrial overfishing and the creative ways in which The Black Fish is turning the tide. We hope to welcome you at one of our events in London, Cambridge, Leicester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton or Wolverhampton. See below for our detailed tour schedule.

Our oceans are dying. Overfishing is one of the major issues facing the world today and illegal fishing activities are damaging eco-systems and pushing species to the brink of extinction. Emerging from some of the more established conservation organisations, a group of people founded a new organisation in 2010 named The Black Fish. Within a couple of years this initiative has grown into an international marine activism movement, with numerous victories already under its belt.

Visit one of the free events to learn more about the effects of industrial overfishing and the creative approach by which The Black Fish hopes to inspire a new generation to act for the protection of ocean life. The events are free and welcome to all. Please find more details in the schedule below or the links to the Facebook event. Feel free to email us at events@theblackfish.org with queries.

Please note: Unfortunately we were unable to secure dates for events in Scotland and Wales but are looking to run a separate speaking tour there in the new year. Interested in helping out organising it? We look forward hearing from you.

Tour schedule

Wolverhampton – Saturday October 27th – Presentation at the West Midlands Vegan Festival. Starts 2pm. More details at http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk

Brighton – Sunday October 28th – Presentation at the Whalefest. Starts 9.45am. More details at http://www.whale-fest.com

London – Friday November 2nd – London Action Resource Center, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel. E1 2ES. Starts at 7pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Cambridge – Saturday November 3rd – Sidney Sussex College, Mong Hall, Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HU. Starts at 5:30pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Leicester – Monday November 5th – Leicester University, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH. Attenborough Lecture Theatre 3. Starts at 6pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Sheffield – Tuesday November 6th – Quaker meeting house, 10 St James Street, S1 2EW. Doors at 6:15 pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Liverpool – Wednesday 7th November – The Caledonia, 22 Catherine St., Liverpool. L7 7DX. It starts at 7p.m. and is free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Oxford – Friday November 9th – Isis Farmhouse, The Barn, Haystacks Corner, The Towing Path, Near Iffley Lock. OX4 4EL. Starts 8pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

Brighton – Saturday November 10th – BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet St., BN1 4ZE. Starts 6pm, free entry. More info on the Facebook event page

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Your chance to pre-order our new book ‘The Bluefin Bonanza’

The Black Fish will shortly be publishing its new book ‘The Bluefin Bonanza’ and is giving you the chance to pre-order one of the very first copies. The book illuminates the corruption, criminality, politics, and science surrounding the tuna fishing industry. It offers an intruiging look inside the lucrative – and often illegal – trade in bluefin tuna, one of the most endangered fish on the planet. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly towards The Black Fish’s new bluefin tuna campaign. Complete the form below to pre-order your copy now for only € 9.

Excerpt from the book:

” When thinking of tuna, many people might imagine a piece of dark-red meat on a sushi roll, or a tinned salad ingredient. Industrial fishermen in the Mediterranean might not think of the bluefin tuna in their nets as a pinnacle of evolution that plays an important part in the ocean’s ecosystem, but rather of the money to be made from them once fattened in pens and slaughtered. The once common Atlantic Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) is on an express train to extinction due to human greed, fuelled by the high demand for bluefin meat on the Japanese sushi and sashimi markets. It is somewhat limiting to confine our view of the magnificent wild bluefin to a prized piece of meat waiting to be harvested. This gross misrepresentation of a remarkable creature does neither their existence nor our capacity for perception justice. “

 

Collage of the book

Order your copy now

The Bluefin Bonanza – out now

Learn more about the lucrative trade in bluefin tuna, one of the most endangered species on our planet, in our new book The Bluefin Bonanza

Order your copy now at http://www.theblackfish.org/books

Be a part of our growing community taking action for the oceans

Are you concerned about the state of the oceans as much as we are? Do you have a feeling you ‘should do something’? Well.. perhaps you should! The Black Fish is a growing community of people just like yourself who wish to see effective action for the protection of ocean life. We are always looking for forward-thinking and hardworking people to strengthen our community and there are several ways how you can get actively involved.

We currently have a number of roles available. Whether joining as an online campaigner, stall volunteer or helping us source in-kind donations, you will soon realise that your involvement and input can make a real difference. Other options include organising benefit or sponsor events, offering your technical skills for training or starting your very own marine activism project.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, you could also apply to become one of our crew members or investigators, working on the very frontline of marine protection in Europe. The Black Fish is a growing community of people who wish to see more action for the increasingly threatened marine wildlife and we need YOU to make it happen. Interested? Click on the link below and find out more.

Interested? Visit our dedicated community page now

2012: Staying on course

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.

Free Morgan!

At the start of 2011, The Black Fish had already joined forces with six other organisations and formed the Orca Coalition, a cooperation aimed at working towards the freedom of a young female killer whale named Morgan. The unfortunate animal had stranded on the Dutch coast in June 2010 and was ‘rescued’ by a Dutch dolphinarium. She was transported by road and put in a small emergency tank, her future in captivity seemed certain.

Throughout the year the Free Morgan campaign gained nothing but strength. The Dutch parliament discussed the issue, a member of the Dutch royal family accepted protest letters from a group of children during a visit to the dolphinarium and unprecedented legal action was launched. Hundreds of people donated to the Morgan Legal Fund and collectively raised over €10.000

The lawsuit which ensued resulted in the first ever effective block of an orca transport to a captive facility. The Dutch dolphinarium wanted to move Morgan to the entertainment park Loro Parque on the island of Tenerife, Spain. In a packed court room, after hours of heated and at times emotional debate, the judge ruled that Morgan was not be moved but had to be given more space where she was held, until the responsible Ministry had the opportunity to look at all the evidence again and come to a new decision regarding her future.

A second judge overruled the ruling a couple of months later and the young killer whale was moved to Tenerife in November. This has moved the campaign to consider new tactics and strategies. What is certain is that legal steps continue in The Netherlands and that the focus now lies on campaigning in Spain and to some extend Norway, where Morgan is believed to originate from. For the latest news see the Orca Coalition website. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Protecting cod and coral

Last year also saw the launch of the first investigative project for The Black Fish. A small team started working from Malmö, Sweden, to expose the activities of the Danish fishing fleet, which operates in an area East of Denmark, known as the Kattegat. Large parts of this area have been established as no-fishing zones to protect fragile coral reefs and cod spawning areas but illegal fishing activity is believed to continue to pose a threat to this ‘protected’ habitat. The Black Fish is working towards a publication on the issue in the coming months. [1] [2]

#growingmovement

In recent months The Black Fish branched out with events in Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom. Giving presentations, running stalls, organising fundraising events and meeting hundreds of people around Europe has given us the confidence that the building of a well-informed and active grassroots marine protection movement around Europe, is not only a real possibility but has the ability to create real chances. [1]

Two of our most dedicated supporters, Mitso Kehayioglou and Loukas Pratilas, finished an epic sponsor run for The Black Fish in August and raised much needed funds for our upcoming campaigns. They achieved what had never been done before: to complete the formidable Greek section of the European E4 mountain path, covering over 1,600 km. They ran across the entire length of Greece, including the island of Crete, in just 29 days. [1] [2]

Fast response boat

Thanks to the financial support from the Windsome Constance Kindness Trust and the XminusY Solidarity Fund, The Black Fish was able to purchase its first fast response boat. On June 8th, during World Ocean Day, The Black Fish presented the 5,5 meter rigid inflatable boat which was previously in service with the Dutch Royal Lifeguard Association. The vessel has since been named Zeno 1325 and will be used for The Black Fish’s upcoming direct action and investigative missions. [1]

Indonesian dolphin circuses

In September we met with the Indonesian ambassador in The Netherlands to discuss the issue of Indonesia harbouring the world’s last remaining travelling dolphin circuses. Over 72 bottlenose and stenella dolphins are kept in the most appalling of conditions to preform for audiences across island of Java. The animals are frequently hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the back of trucks along with other animals as the circuses move from town to town. The transportation is so stressful for the animals that many of the dolphins die due to this stress and lack of proper care. The Indonesian organisation Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) asked for our help to add some international pressure to the local authorities and we were happy to do what we could and help put a stop to this incredible cruelty. [1]

After meeting with the ambassador, he kept his promise of pressuring the authorities in Jakarta to work on ending the illegal capture and use of dolphins in the circuses, though we are still awaiting any real changes. For the latest news on the campaign, please visit the JAAN website or see what you can do now.

Bluefin tuna alliance

Earlier on in the year we were contacted by The Belgian organisation How To Save The Bluefin about possible cooperation on the bluefin tuna issue. Our common no-nonsense attitude on taking effective action for the protection of the threatened bluefin tuna, resulted in How To Save The Bluefin merging with The Black Fish. The two organisations continue as one under the banner of The Black Fish and are preparing for a bluefin tuna campaign in the new year. [1]

2012: Staying on course

The coming months are posing some real challenges for The Black Fish as we are pushing ahead with some crucial campaigns in protection of the Mediterranean Sea. This wilderness is home to an abundance of species, both in flora and fauna. Every year, many species migrate through the Strait of Gibraltar. The sea is a major spawning ground for a number of migratory fish, as well as for whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks. While the Mediterranean waters were once full of life, in recent decades they have suffered from the impacts of overfishing, pollution, illegal fishing, habitat loss, coral destruction, gas drilling and tourism. The once pristine Mediterranean environment is now in serious decline.

The Black Fish will focus its efforts in 2012 entirely on the protection of this vulnerable region and work to end illegal and destructive fishing practices.

Bluefin tuna

One of the fish species currently most at risk is the bluefin tuna. This prized fish is continually overfished in the Mediterranean Sea and its conservation deserves our utmost attention. The Black Fish is in the process of publishing a book on the lucrative trade in the endangered fish and planning for a new bluefin tuna campaign in 2012. [1] [2]

What is happening to the bluefin tuna is likely to re-occur for others, once the bluefin is exploited beyond the point of return. Other tuna species are believed to be next in the ever-increasing drive to make money from ever-diminishing fish populations. More news regarding our upcoming bluefin tuna campaign will be announced in the coming weeks, please keep an eye on this site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftnets

One of the most damaging activities in the Mediterranean region is driftnet fishing. An estimated 10.000 whales and dolphins die in the nets every year, in the Mediterranean Sea alone. A further 100.000 sharks await the same fate. For this reason the nets are often referred to as ‘Curtains of Death’ as they form a serious threat to all migratory species. Their use has been banned under various regulations imposed by both the UN as well as the EU. Although their use has decreased, an estimated 500 vessels from countries including Morocco, France, Italy, Turkey, Algeria and Tunisia continue to deploy them. [1]

Other organisations such as Oceana and Greenpeace have, in recent years, worked successfully on identifying and exposing the illegal use of driftnets in the Mediterranean. Their work has ensured the implementation of new conservation measures. The Black Fish strives to bring much needed new energy and tactics to the ongoing effort to end the use of driftnets once and for all. More news regarding our upcoming driftnet campaign will be announced in the coming weeks, please keep an eye on this site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Support our work

The Black Fish is able to do its important work thanks to the support from many people around the world who help fund our campaigns. As we are pushing ahead with our most ambitious campaigns to date, please consider making an donation or becoming a member and join a growing movement of people who care.

Thank you!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported The Black Fish in 2011. Your contributions have ensured we are now in a position to start larger campaigns, where we hope to have a real impact in combating destructive fishing activity, on an international scale. The Black Fish is set to become the first international organisation in history to focus its work on the protection of fish species and the fact that we have managed to do so in just over one year is something for everyone involved to be proud of. We could not have done so without your help, so thank you! We hope you will continue to work with us in 2012 to ensure European sea life gets the attention and protection it needs and deserves.

Vote for the bluefin

In September the Belgian organisation How To Save The Bluefin merged with The Black Fish to build a stronger alliance in the fight against bluefin tuna overfishing. Their video, The Story of the Bluefin Tuna, attracted worldwide interest and you can now help by voting for this video in the Sea The Change Conservation Contest. You can vote daily until 15th December and help us win $10,000 for our upcoming campaign to protect the threatened bluefin tuna.

To vote for the video please click here (no registration needed and you can do so daily)