Getting to solutions

This page will be a list of organizations and initiatives that make up the 'intermediate steps' between the state of UK fisheries today and a replenished ocean, as explained on this site. Sign up on the right to be notified when this section is fully functional. As this section develops, feel free to contribute to entries below!

Online tool to see subsidies data for EU fisheries:

October 21st, 2009

A great new resource,, allows you to browse a wealth of fisheries information for the EU (data has been supplied by the EU Commission). You can see the amount of subsidies that an EU country has received annually since 1994, and you can filter down to see which ports, municipalities, and vessels have received the most subsidies.

The subsidies data (shown on the bar charts for each country) is broken down into the three categories of subsidies outlined by the University of British Columbia; beneficial subsidies (shown in green), harmful subsidies (shown in red) and ‘ambiguous’ subsidies (shown in yellow). Explanations of these categories can be found on this page on UBC’s Sea Around Us project website and by clicking the headers for each category.

End of the Line showing on More4

October 16th, 2009

The important documentary about the effects of overfishing on the sea, The End of the Line, which will show on More4, Tuesday 20th October at 10pm.

Connecting sustainable fisheries with chefs: Pisces

October 16th, 2009

From the Pisces website: “Pisces Responsible Fish Restaurants helps chefs find better, more local fish, by setting up a direct relationship between chefs and selected fishers.”

This organization, along with Fishchoice, were discovered through a great post about fisheries systems on John Thackara’s Doors of Perception website. This post shows these organizations as examples of how to “unlock an intractable problem: how to reconfigure food systems that lock their participants into ecocidal behaviour.”

Connecting buyers with sustainable seafood: Fishchoice

October 16th, 2009

The website allows commercial seafood buyers to search a database of seafood suppliers certified by environmental groups as being sustainable.

The End of the Line

May 25th, 2009

Banner for The End of the Line, a new documentary about overfishing

The End of the Line, an important new documentary about overfishing, will screen in cinemas across the UK on June 8th . Watch a preview and get more details at The End of the Line website.

Designs needed: Sustainable fishing gear

May 9th, 2009

The following was submitted to Core77, an online magazine for industrial designers.

The equipment used by the fishing industry to catch fish helps to damage ocean ecosystems – and fixing this is a design problem.

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