THE OPERATIVES – MISSION PIRATA

In October 2013, Pete, an Earthrace team of ex-services personnel (The Operatives) and a volunteer support crew, plus the new Sealegs amphibious craft, returned home after a three month campaign in Costa Rica helping to tackle pirate vessels fishing illegally around the coast. Illegal fishing is like a plague for this small country. Costa Rica, […]

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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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SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAVING SEA TURTLES TRIP

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAVING SEA TURTLES TRIP – EARTHRACE RETURNS TO COSTA RICA SUMMER 2015 There’s a turtle war going on in Costa Rica. Every year, four of the world’s seven endangered species of marine turtles arrive there to nest. Although harvesting of all turtles and turtle eggs is illegal, they are still targeted frequently […]

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BRITISH POND MAINTAINER SWAPS LITTLE FISH FOR BIG WHALES IN GREAT PACIFIC ROW

ROWING 4 REEFS UPDATE 2 20 June 2014 BRITISH POND MAINTAINER SWOPS LITTLE FISH FOR BIG WHALES IN GREAT PACIFIC ROW The Great Pacific Race, organised by legendary British rower Chris Martin, consists of 13 ocean rowing boats competing in solo, pairs and fours teams racing from California to Hawaii, a distance of 2,400 miles […]

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ROWING 4 REEFS’ DARYL FARMER READY FOR START OF GREAT PACIFIC RACE

Posted 5:09am 8th June 2014 BRITON, DARYL FARMER, READY FOR START OF 2400 MILE SINGLE-HANDED OCEAN ROW (MOSTLY NAKED) ACROSS PACIFIC TO SUPPORT OCEAN CONSERVATION AND CANCER RESEARCH Support for Daryl comes from International singer, Peter Andre; New Zealand International rower, Rob Hamill; and Earthrace founder, Pete Bethune It’s been called ‘the last great race […]

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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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