Despite being part of an island nation, in land-locked Birmingham we are often blissfully unaware of the damage our choices can have on our seas. Who knew that our English Channel sea bass was caught by a fishery that kills thousands of porpoises each year? Whether it is through our consumption of dwindling fish populations or our choice of a polluting face-wash filled with micro-plastics, we all have an impact on our oceans.

In November 2013, national Friends of the Earth began a review of the future of marine campaigning it undertakes, including the issues we work on and the role of local activists and allies. We are looking for feedback from local groups and anyone interested in the marine world, as to which issues you believe we should focus on.

For a summary of our progress so far, or to get involved, please check the campaigns hub for marine at or email

Emily Williams