The first video produced by EJF's Sierra Leonean staff who campaign against the lift of the ban on pair trawling, a method of fishing that severely damages marine environments.
Pair trawling - where two boats tow one massive net - is an indiscriminate fishing method, highly destructive to the ocean floor and marine life. Many endangered species, such as sea turtles and seahorses, are caught in the nets and then discarded of as by-catch. Dropped back to the sea dead or dying, they become yet another sad statistic related to pirate fishing.
After their training in camera and editing techniques, EJF staff in Sierra Leone produced their first video in June 2012. This short film on pair trawling in Sierra Leone was broadcast on national TV.
Supported by the European Union
EJF interviews Tillman Thomas, the Prime Minister of Grenada, about the impacts of climate change that are already being felt in Grenada, and the commitments that countries should make to lower their carbon emissions.
In this short clip, EJF interviews Dr James Garvey, author and philosopher at the Royal Institute of Philosophy and editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, on the meaning and importance of a "home", and the human impacts of climate change.
This video is part of a series of interviews with philosophers, scientists, heads of state, and academics on migration and climate change, curated and produced for the Hay Festival Maldives 2010.
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, or pirate fishing, has been recognised as one of the major threats to the world's fish stocks. However, the focus so far has mostly been on the impacts on marine life and on local fishing communities. While these problems are extremely serious, there's one more that is rarely reported: human rights violations. Escaping regulatory checks on their catches, IUU vessel operators frequently get away with seriously abusing the human rights of their crews. In this film, we look at the conditions in which people on board vessels that engage in pirate fishing live and work.
All at Sea was screened at the 13th UN Association Film Festival in 2010.
Soundtrack by Tom Strang.
With thanks to the sound studio 4AM Productions.
In this video interview with EJF, former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives talks about the daunting prospect of his country fighting for physical survival and his citizens becoming environmental refugees.
Published: 20 Feb 2012
Liberian Fishing Communities: Problems and Solutions: In 2012 EJF began working in Liberia with local partner the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL). Objectives in the area of fisheries include preventing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, safeguarding the food security of coastal communities, protecting legitimate fishers and marine biodiversity.
Published: 31 Dec 2011
Fisheries and Food Security in the Commonwealth: EJF has identified numerous instances of damaging Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the waters of Commonwealth countries.
Published: 02 Feb 2011
Climate change and migration: Forced displacement, ‘climate refugees’ and the need for a new legal instrument: Climate change has a range of implications for human rights.
Published: 31 Dec 2010
White Gold: Uzbekistan, a Slave Nation for Our Cotton?: The report summarises information provided by independent journalists and human rights activists on the conditions under which the Uzbek cotton industry operates.
Published: 31 Jan 2010
Slave Nation: This report reveals how the Government of Uzbekistan continues to lie to the international community while routinely compelling hundreds of thousands of children as labourers in the country’s annual cotton harvest.
Published: 16 Dec 2018
All At Sea: This report documents how individuals working on pirate fishing vessels can be subject to excessive working hours, incarceration, and physical abuse up to and including murder.