• At COP26, we hosted events, art exhibitions and met with political leaders to push for decisive action on the climate crisis. We supported six young climate activists with bursaries to attend COP, giving them a chance to share their message, and we interviewed 13 climate activists around the world as part of our “Voices missing from COP” series.

  • Our blue carbon campaign gained the support of public figures, over 90 NGOs and politicians in Europe, the UK and beyond. It calls for the vital role of ocean ecosystems in keeping our climate stable to be recognised and built momentum for ocean protection in the run up to the COP26 talks in Glasgow, where unprecedented new commitments were made to safeguard ocean ecosystems.

  • We brought international attention to some of those hit hardest by the climate crisis through our campaign and report for international legal protections for climate refugees, highlighting the lack of support which is currently available for those forced to leave their homes by extreme weather.

  • Our investigations - involving satellite tracking, intelligence gathered from social media, and interviews with crew - resulted in a fleet of vessels fishing illegally being blacklisted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

  • We released our Climate Manifesto, a roadmap for the actions which world leaders need to take now, across sectors, to end the climate crisis and build a safe, sustainable future.

  • We revealed the effects of illegal fishing and overfishing on human rights in Ghana, finding that many people in coastal communities are losing their most basic human rights. These include the rights to adequate food, employment and education.

  • We exposed the dangers facing fisheries observers in Ghana’s waters, who routinely experience threats, bribes and physical violence, as well as disappearance, in their efforts to stop illegal fishing.


  • 47 fishing communities joined our Net Free Seas project in Thailand, taking tonnes of killer ghost nets out of the ocean. These abandoned fishing nets entangle wildlife from turtles and dolphins to coral reefs. The rescued nets have so far been turned into tens of thousands of sustainable products, including Covid-19 protective equipment.

  • Our campaign to shut down commercial wildlife markets, and end the risks they pose to wildlife and public health, gained support from public figures, scientific experts, politicians and people on every continent.

  • We exposed human rights abuses and environmental destruction at sea, including the deaths of crew on board a Chinese vessel allegedly fishing illegally and abuse of crew and wildlife killing on Korean vessels exporting to the EU.

  • We exposed systemic abuse on Chinese trawlers in Ghana’s waters, and illegal dolphin killing for use as shark bait on Taiwanese fishing vessels.

  • We campaigned against the granting of licenses to supertrawlers in Liberia’s waters, which would have endangered food security, livelihoods and ocean ecosystems. The licenses were not granted.

  • We launched our Activist Training platform, providing expert guidance for people looking to draw attention to environmental injustices taking place in their communities.

Divers untangle nets


  • In Ghana, EJF investigations and monitoring, culminating in the "Stolen at Sea" report, revealed the disastrous impact of the illegal 'saiko' trade. This built momentum for policy change and commitments to ban saiko vessels from operating in Ghana's waters.
  • EJF launched a report, film and investigation into the Vietnamese fishing fleet, revealing illegal fishing, environmental destruction and human rights abuse, including child labour.
  • EJF Executive Director Steve Trent met with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Thai Government to discuss transparency in fisheries and the impact of flags of convenience.
  • EJF’s campaign leveraging consumer pressure meant that Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Co-op all signed up to our Transparency Charter, pledging to examine their supply chains for any trace of illegal fishing and seafood slavery.
  • EJF launched the "Net Free Seas" project in Thailand. This collects deadly 'ghost nets' and recycles them into useful materials, including face visors and push sticks to fight Covid-19.
Women sell fish at Bawjiase market


  • EJF breaks the story of gross human rights violations aboard the Taiwanese vessel Fuh Sheng No.11 to international media, leading to action from the Fisheries Agency and criminal prosecution.


  • EJF launches its climate refugees campaign, exposing the devastating impacts of climate change that are forcing people to leave their homes, and demanding legal protections for climate refugees. Our landmark report Beyond Borders investigates the role of climate change in international conflict and displacement.
  • In collaboration with local NGO Hen Mpoano in Ghana, EJF starts a three year project – Far Dwuma Nkɔdo, meaning securing sustainable fisheries.
  • At the Our Oceans conference, EJF tells world experts that we have the tools to address overfishing and human rights abuses, and calls on political leaders to implement them.
  • An inspiring new poetry collection, compiled from entries to a global poetry competition, spreads the word and raises money for EJF’s climate campaign.

Families like Nurnahar’s in Bangladesh, pictured here, are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.


  • For its annual Save the Sea campaign, EJF partners with leading restaurants across the UK to protect the world’s oceans, end illegal fishing and seafood slavery. Between 2013-16, EJF’s Oceans Campaign has received support from 43 restaurants with 32 Michelin stars amongst them, raising over £25,000.
Fishermen on boat Cambodia


Fishing trawlers transhipping with a carrier vessel off a remote island in the Andaman Sea.


  • Following EJF’s investigation into human rights abuses in the Thai seafood sector, the Guardian publishes an expose on modern slavery on Thai trawlers.

  • EJF and the Republic of Korea sign ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding formalising a joint initiative to combat illegal fishing.

  • EJF wins second place in the 2015 IMCS Network ‘Stop IUU Fishing’ Award for its work combatting illegal fishing for its unique system of illegal fishing alerts and community-based fisheries surveillance in Sierra Leone.

Fishermen Sierra Leone


  • The EU Council announces first ever seafood trade ban against illegal fishing nations.

  • An EJF investigation in Thailand uncovers widespread slave labour in the country’s seafood sector, exposed in its ground-breaking report and film Sold to the Sea. The investigation leads to the arrest of a key suspect identified in the report.

  • EJF’s community surveillance programme in Liberia helps secure an illegal fishing charge against a Korean-flagged vessel operating in Liberian waters.


  • EJF wins National Energy Globe Award for its work to end pirate fishing in Sierra Leone and introducing a community surveillance programme in Sherbro Island.

  • Sierra Leone issues record million-dollar fines to a Korean-flagged vessel apprehended following a nine-month investigation by EJF.

Local artisanal fishermen spot an illegal fishing vessel off the coast of Sierra Leone.


  • EJF brings the issue of climate refugees to the European Parliament.

  • A global ban on the manufacture and use of Endosulfan is negotiated under the Stockholm Convention, and comes into force in 2012.

  • EJF’s global Oceans Campaign moves into Liberia, building community capacity to manage fisheries in Lake Piso.

Steve Trent EU Parliament


  • The EU’s regulation on illegal fishing comes into force enabling unprecedented levels of scrutiny and sanctions against countries failing to prevent illegal fishing in their waters or by their fishing fleets.


  • EJF’s work to halt the use of the deadly pesticide Endosulfan helps drive an EU proposal for a global ban. 60 countries introduce national bans on its use and German agrochemical company Bayer Cropscience announces its decision to cease manufacturing Endosulfan and to phase out stockpiles by the end of 2010.

  • EJF launches an international campaign to protect climate change refugees with the launch of its No Place Like Home report.

Man at riverside home Bangladesh


  • Following EJF’s campaigning in the region, the Uzbek government signs two ILO conventions on child labour and announces a national action plan to combat the problem. EJF returns to the country to document the continued use of child labour in the autumn cotton harvest.

  • EJF’s campaign to end illegal fishing moves into Sierra Leone and information leads to the arrest of a Korean trawler resulting in $30,000 of fines for the vessel and confiscation of its catch.

EJF staff member films an illegal fishing vessel approaching inside the five mile Inshore Exclusion Zone that is reserved for local artisanal fishermen.


  • EJF works with Brazilian coalition SOS Abrolhos to successfully protect coastal areas from plans for a shrimp farm the size of Heathrow.
Field training shrimp farming Brazil


  • EJF’s film White Gold wins the Best Short Film at the 8th International Festival of Environmental Film and Video in Brazil and Best Education Environmental Documentary and Honourable Mention from the Youth Jury at the CineEco Festival, Portugal.

  • EJF launches a global campaign for fairly produced cotton. Major coverage of the campaign on BBC’s Newsnight results in Marks and Spencer and Tesco immediately renouncing the use of Uzbek cotton in their supply chains.

  • EJF launches its JUST FOR… t-shirt project selling sustainably sourced, 100% organic and fairly traded t-shirts.



Young boy picking cotton


  • EJF moves into Brazil, where our training for the Forum for the Defence of the Ceara Coast, results in a film that is shown on Brazilian television and at public hearings into shrimp farm development.


  • EJF launches an international campaign to expose the environmental and human rights abuses linked to shrimp farming, working in Brazil, Honduras, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

  • EJF’s Activist Training Programme moves to Vietnam – working with Education for Nature Vietnam - where we provide video and investigative training to enable the documentation of bear farming and raise public awareness to curb the trade.


  • ArtAction Auction of contemporary work raises over £550,000 for EJF’s campaigns and projects.

  • EJF begins its first Activist Training Programme in Cambodia. It works to defend fishing rights, helping to establish the Fisheries Action Coalition and campaigns on the use of the deadly pesticide Endosulfan with the NGO CEDAC.


  • EJF launches, becoming a registered charity in 2001