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2014

  • 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.

2013

  • 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.

2012

  • 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.

2011

  • 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.

2010

  • 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.

2009

  • 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

2008

  • 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.

2007

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

2006

  • 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.

2005

2004

  • 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.

2003

  • 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.

2001

  • 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.

2000

  • EJF launches, becoming a registered charity in 2001
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