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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JUNGLE GOLD ROBBERS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 37

Miguel turns to me with urgency plastered over his face. He slowly touches his nose then points up the valley. I step up beside him and sniff the air. It takes a couple whiffs, and then I suddenly understand his urgency. There is that unmistakable hint of cheap cigarettes. And that can mean one of […]

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PEAK FISH – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 36

“Peak Fish”. I heard the term for the first time the other day… And it resonated with me. The argument is that just as for oil, there is a peak amount of fish we can capture, and thereafter it must reduce. Unlike for oil however, global fish production has already peaked at 80 million tons […]

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THE PLASTIC PRICE OF COFFEE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 35

I went to a Café in a wonderful little beachside town called Kuaotunu in New Zealand recently. I ordered a coffee to have there, and it arrived in a paper cup with a plastic top. Which 99% of the population wouldn’t question. But I did. “Why don’t you serve this in a mug that isn’t […]

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