The Black Fish
“There were two stand-out highlights from the mission. Firstly, the feeling that you are really making a difference with the work you were doing and secondly, the opportunity to work with an incredible group of people. It renews your faith in humankind as you share a collective passion for environmental conservation.”
The Black Fish is an international community united in its aim to end illegal and destructive fishing practices and safeguard a future for the plentiful species in our oceans. The Black Fish trains ordinary people as Citizen Inspectors to help monitor for illegal fishing practices in ports and markets. These inspectors have already successfully exposed damaging and illegal fishing practices in the Baltic and Mediterranean Sea over the last few years, with a focus on illegal tuna fishing, use of dynamite in fishing, illegal driftnets, illegal cod fishing and use of destructive Fish Aggregation Devices.
This project supported training of new Citizen Inspectors and investigations in the UK. The grant from Sea-Changers was used to offer CIN Training for 16 people. A number of these trained inspectors were then able to join the Black Fish team on an investigation in Morecombe Bay, investigating illegal cockle picking