MARINELAND SUING STUDENT FOR $1 MILLION Captain’s Blog 49

In a somewhat surprising move, Ontario based Marineland have just announced their plans to sue 19-year old student Zach Affolter for $1m. It raises a number of interesting issues, and the case may yet backfire on Marineland.As a quick background, Zach acquired Orca footage online that was allegedly filmed by one or more employees at […]

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CHINESE DISGRACE – Captain’s Blog 48

A whale shark swam past an oil rig the other day in China, and it caused quite a stir on their social media as oil workers posted images and video of this awesome fish. The following day it was hanging in the Beihai Fish market and sold by a Mr Liao and Mr Huang, who […]

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WILL INDONESIA BLOW UP THE HUA Li 8? Captain’s Blog 47

The massive Chinese Fishing Fleet roaming the Pacific and elsewhere fishing illegally came in for a rude awakening recently. The “Hua Li 8” was spotted by the Argentinian Navy fishing illegally within their EEZ. A skirmish ensued and after considerable drama, the vessel escaped. My first thoughts are how could a Navy with all the […]

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THE GREAT ESCAPE OF INKY – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 46

There was an item doing the rounds yesterday about Inky the Octopus that escaped from New Zealand’s National Aquarium. It was a feel-good story reminiscent of “Finding Nemo”, and in many ways it was quite extraordinary what Inky achieved – He got out of the enclosure when the lid was up, got into an overflow […]

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SHARKS LEFT TO ROT – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 45

The recent loss of 3 massive Bronze Whaler Sharks and a Stingray at Hatfield Beach in Auckland highlight just how destructive set nets are. Recreational fishermen had set the net the previous day, and on returning found the massive animals entangled and already dead. They recovered their net and left the sharks strewn on the […]

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SUMATRAN LOGGING SCAM – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 44

“The loggers are close”, Stéphane says to me in a whisper. “Five of them on the track ahead. And many more in the bush working…” We are crouched behind a fallen tree, and both of us are nervous. We’ve been stalking these illegal loggers for two days, but we’re in a precarious position if any […]

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WHY ISLANDS STRUGGLE WITH FISHERY PATROL? – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 43

Island nations and developing economies with large Exclusive Economic Zones offshore still struggle to manage their fishery resources. Traditionally they have ignored effective patrols. Recent increases in pirate and IUU fishing have seen increased attention given to this. Many governments now realise the significant benefits of effective fisheries policy and management. Nevertheless, their road to […]

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FORMER MILITARY PERSONNEL WANTED FOR DEPLOYMENT TO ASIA

The Operatives is a team of former military personnel that assist developing countries with anti-poaching, protection of endangered wildlife, and fisheries enforcement. The unit is deploying to South East Asia for 4 months, commencing 15th Feb 2015.  We are looking for additional personnel to join our unit for this period. THE OPERATIVES ASIA DEPLOYMENT Asia […]

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WHY SHOULD THE GRIND BE STOPPED – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 42

I spoke at a recent debate that was broadcast live around the Faroe Islands, and the topic was their whale cull called “The Grind”.   I’m opposed to this practice.  Here are the reasons I gave: this shot taken from a grind of a few months ago… 1)   The herding and killing of pilot whales happens in […]

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FIGHTING THE FAROESE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 41

At the risk of upsetting many Activists, I’m going to voice my concerns over the recent circus in the Faroe Islands. For those of you unaware, this is the place where they herd pods of mostly long finned pilot whales into beaches, cull them, and the meat and blubber is handed out to the community […]

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THE PERFECT STORM ENGULFING SEA TURTLES – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 40

The turtle struggles in vain to pull its head back but the man has it firmly in his grasp. His knife slices through the exposed neck and a fountain of blood spills over the gravel road. I witnessed this a few years ago – the slaughter and butchering of a sea turtle. And it made […]

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BEVERLY HILLS GOLD BARONS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 38

  The crazy car parked on the sidewalk is so out there that I cannot help but take a second glance. Holy cow it is a Gold Plated BMW! I’m walking through Beverley Hills with time to kill before my meeting with Pivot (my TV network), but even in this neighbourhood, the car seems out […]

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