“The Operatives” TV Series follows Pete and his team of handpicked former military personnel as they take on hard targets in conservation. Including former Navy SEALs, French SAS and Marine Recon, the team tackles seal clubbers, shark finners, rhino poachers, wildlife smugglers and many more. This heart stopping show now in its second season, has aired in 15 countries, and is now also available online.
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    The Earthrace Costa Rica Turtle campaign runs from July until September each year, and is open to Volunteers who gather freshly laid turtle eggs and relocate them to a safe hatchery. The program has been running since 2013, and to date, over 70,000 turtles have been safely hatched and released into the wild.
    Earthrace-2 is a new multi-purpose vessel being built to assist countries with marine conservation, fisheries enforcement, scientific research and public outreach. Based on the original Earthrace trimaran, it will be state of the art surveillance, pursuit and campaign vessel. The design phase is currently underway with a Kickstarter campaign being used to help fundraising (link to kickstarter campaign).
    The New Zealand Long Finned Eel may not be around for much longer. Found only in New Zealand waters, these amazing creatures are still being hunted commercially, despite government and scientific research showing their population to be in serious decline. We are petitioning the New Zealand government to call a halt to this commercial harvest. Click here to sign the petition.

GRINDING TO A HALT – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 6

from Pete Bethune in the Faroe Islands “So will you be hunting whales this summer”, I say to Thor, a local Faroese whaler who has finally agreed to speak with me. Thor looks down at his cappuccino while he ponders this. He takes a spoon, scoops some white fluff from the surface, and puts it […]

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LEATHERBACK NESTING – YOU CAN HELP – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 5

As reported by the Trini Eco Warriors, Trinidadians like a pissup (party). And rightly so of course. But sadly, they have this yearly party (called a fete) that happens on a known leatherback nesting beach, and it happens in the middle of nesting season. Here is the problem. Drunken teens will climb all over the […]

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SHARKS HEADED FOR TROUBLED WATERS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 4

A big wave comes rolling in and crashes onto the rock ledge in front of us. It’s just on dusk at Tofo, a small village on the coast of Mozambique. “You know, this is one of the most extraordinary coastlines I’ve ever seen”, I say seriously to Anton. I’m chilling with the lads who filmed […]

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PLASTICS WILL BITE US IN THE ASS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 3

“Why do you wish to stop whaling”, Pai (Chief Medical Officer for the Faroe Islands) says to me. He looks down at me like a school teacher at a naughty student. He’s the leading researcher of toxicity in whales, and has been a major influence in reducing whale consumption in the Faroe Islands. I shift […]

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THE TROUBLED WATERS OF MOZAMBIQUE

Posted 12:54am 23rd April 2011 A big wave comes rolling in and crashes onto the rock ledge in front of us. It’s just on dusk at Tofo, a small village on the coast of Mozambique. “You know, this is one of the most extraordinary coastlines I’ve ever seen”, I say seriously to Anton. I’m chilling […]

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JAPAN, A WITHDRAWAL FROM ANTARCTICA – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 2

I’ve taken a a number of calls from people in Japan recently. And for the first time there is open talk of a Japanese withdrawal from whaling in Antarctica. Here are the reasons. 1) to meet the new MARPOL regulations, the vessels cannot use standard heavy oil. The Nisshin Maru runs heavy oil. There is […]

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FAROESE CHALLENGE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 1

There have been some people critical of my recent visit to the Faroes.  Some criticism stems from the fact that we met with locals who support the grind.  Virtually everyone there supports it.  So if we won’t talk to them, we will just end up talking to ourselves.  I believe it is important to know […]

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THE WILD WEST OF VENEZUELA

Posted 11:19pm 8th March 2011 The Wild West of Venezuela (Pete Bethune) Venezuela in recent times has descended in to the wild west of fishing, and nowhere is this more apparent than their border area with Columbia. The waters here are rich, and historically it has been one of the most productive fisheries in Latin […]

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FULL PROTECTION FOR ALL SEA TURTLES IN TRINIDAD?

Shocked by finding out that up to 15,000 vulnerable and endangered sea turtles are killed in Trinidad and Tobago each year during a legal five month hunting season, environmental activist Pete Bethune joined forces with local activist group, the Trini Eco Warriors, with a goal of encouraging strong measures to put an end to the […]

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