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.
Pirate Fish on Your Plate: This report report from 2007 documents the link between IUU fishing and the EU through tracking illegally-caught fish from West Africa into the European market.
Illegal Driftnetting in the Mediterranean: This report documents how driftnets, although banned by both the EU and the ICCAT, continue to be used illegally across the region to catch valuable large species, mainly swordfish and tuna.
EJF Uzbekistan UNCRC Submission: Alternative report for the 42nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Mangroves: Nature's Defence Against Tsunamis: A report on the impact of mangrove loss and shrimp farm development on coastal defence.
Party to the Plunder: This report, produced by EJF in partnership with CFFA (Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement), documents the devastating impacts of illegal fishing in Guinea and its links to the EU market.
White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton: EJF's groundbreaking report on forced child labour and the mismanagement of water resources in Uzbekistan's cotton production.