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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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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