Suva/Sydney, 1 December 2013 - Greenpeace activists today deployed a floating banner at a harbour in the Pacific, reading: “Fewer boats more fish WCPFC Act Now!” This message is directed at the members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), who are meeting in Cairns, Australia next week. Greenpeace is urging the Commission to halt the entry of new industrial fishing vessels into the region and to introduce sharp cuts to tuna catches as recommended by scientists.
Brisbane, 6 December 2013 - The largest ship in the Greenpeace fleet has been urgently directed to the Great Barrier Reef coast to investigate the damaging impacts of coal port development and climate change on the Reef.
Cairns, 6 December 2013 – The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 10th meeting ended today. The discussions had been at a deadlock over conservation and management measures needed to reverse overfishing of the region’s bigeye tuna stocks. As a result, the meeting failed to take action to end overfishing and instead agreed weak measures that will result in little or no improvements to the dire state of the region's valuable tuna stocks.
Monday, 16 December 2013 - Townsville: Greenpeace will request an urgent meeting with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to ask that it refuse to issue a permit to dispose of dredge spoils in the Reef’s marine park.
Greenpeace ship Esperanza docked at Townsville yesterday after a week-long tour up the Queensland coast documenting the threats of industrialisation and climate change to the reef.
BRISBANE, 18 DECEMBER: Shareholders and bank executives will be left in no doubt about the bank’s position as number one financer of coal mines in Australia and its position as the world’s 19th largest climate offender as they made their way into the bank’s AGM today through a group of protestors and a sea of posters of customers who’ve closed their accounts.
Sydney, 9 January 2014. Greenpeace Australia Pacific today welcomed the New Zealand government’s announcement that it will join Australia and ban the brutal practice of shark finning, saying the change was helped by over 20,000 of its supporters who made submissions to a New Zealand Government review of shark laws.
LOS ANGELES, CA - A world famous celebrity – Nemo the clown fish – made a cameo appearance at the Australian Government’s G’Day USA Gala Dinner in Los Angeles tonight (Sunday afternoon Australian time) to appeal to Americans to help him save his home, the Great Barrier Reef.
Protestors today have launched a blockade at the site of Whitehaven’s controversial Maules Creek coal project in North West NSW, turning back vehicles seeking to clear the forest for construction of rail infrastructure.