“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.

PETE BETHUNE ON CARTE BLANCHE, SOUTH AFRICA

Pete Bethune from Earthrace Conservation filmed in 2011 for the popular show Carte Blanche in South Africa.

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JAPANESE WHALING ORGANISATION CONFIRMS BANKRUPTCY IMMINENT

LEAKED INFORMATION FROM WITHIN JAPANESE WHALING ORGANISATION CONFIRMS BANKRUPTCY IMMINENT Japanese whaling has come under the spotlight in recent times more than ever before, and it seems the effect on may be to see it cease to function. There has been mounting speculation that the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR), the organisation that carries out […]

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JAPANESE WHALING ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 8

Posted 5:36am 27th August 2011 by Pete Bethune A faint smile crosses my face as the name comes up on my vibrating cell phone. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken to Tsubasa, my friend in Japan, and I’ve missed his updates. “Konichiwa Tsubasa”, I say cheerily down the phone. There’s a long silence before […]

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EARTHRACE LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST EVER GROUP IN THE FAROE ISLANDS

18th July 2011 Earthrace Conservation has announced the launch of a new chapter based on the Faroe Islands. It’s first time any International marine conservation group has ever had a presence there on a permanent basis. The formation of the new chapter is thanks both to the passion of a few special Faroe Islanders for […]

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HEALTH RISKS TO HUMANS WILL END WHALING SAYS EARTHRACE CONSERVATION

13 July 2011 HEALTH RISKS TO HUMANS WILL END WHALING SAYS EARTHRACE CONSERVATION As the International Whaling Commission continues with its 63rd Annual meeting in the Channel Islands, Earthrace Conservation believes that ultimately, it will be the health risks of eating whales that will end the hunts that outrage the anti-whaling lobby, not the protests […]

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COULD DOLPHIN DRIVES BE SLOWLY GRINDING TO A HALT IN THE FAROE ISLANDS?

Posted 12:26am 2nd July 2011 Each year, entire pods of long finned pilot whales – a species of dolphin – are driven into bays around the coast of the Faroe Islands in a highly organised hunt involving entire communities. Up to 1,000 dolphins are slaughtered each year in the dolphin drives known as ‘grindadraps’. The […]

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FAROESE PRIME MINISTER REPLIES – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 7

Let no one doubt that the Faroese will uphold the right to use the resources of the ocean on a sustainable level. All hunt should of course be under organized/administered methods, and the Faroese grind is indeed that. We treasure the sustainability, and will not hunt endangered species. The grind is not endangered. We highly […]

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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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