FAROES PERSPECTIVE ON THE GRIND – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 14

“This note is from Rúni Nielsen, who is Faroese, opposed to the Grind, and keen to see an end to their whaling.  But he has a different view to how this will be best achieved.  And i tend to agree with him.  (pete) I am Rúni Nielsen – one of ECO’s chapter leaders in the […]

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ON THE RUN – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 13

The recent escalation of legal action against Sea Shepherd heralds a definite shift in tactics by governments against activists, and it perhaps has implications for many groups involved in protest initiatives where boundaries are pushed. Firstly, there is no question that Sea Shepherd has set a benchmark for aggressive tactics to get their message across, […]

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THE ENEMY OFFSHORE

It is just on dusk, as we shove off in our small dugout canoe. Mustafa and Mohammed paddle furiously to get us past the breakers before any big waves come through. They’ve done this run thousands of times, and know to treat the African surf with respect. A minute later we pass the last of […]

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TO CLARIFY THE CASE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 12

There has been a lot of discussion on other pages about my alleged suing of SSCS, so I am writing this to put my perspective on things.  I had not wanted this opened in the public like this, however there is so much nonsense being said elsewhere that I must at least put across my […]

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$30 MILLION TO SUBSIDIZE WHALING FLEET – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 11

Announced today by ABC in Australia and Asahi News in Japan, the Japanese government is to spend US$30 million to subsidize their ailing whaling fleet in sending them to Antarctica.  The announcement was made from the Prime Minister, who stated that Japan would not be bowing to the pressure from conservation groups. It was reported […]

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A GLIMMER OF HOPE AFTER MEETING OMBUDSMAN – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 10

“If Namibia continues with the seal cull”, I say to the Namibian Ombudsman earnestly, “then you will pay a heavy price.” I pause for a few seconds letting the words sink in. “Your tourism industry will be targeted. All those German and Swedish tourists that backpack around your country…well they got lots of other places […]

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SEAL NUMBERS WILL EXPLODE? – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 9

“In fact Our Minister of Fisheries has openly asked for conservation groups to suggest more humane methods of killing the seals…and not one suggestion has been made.” The Namibian Permanent Secretary leans back in his chair with a smug look on his face.I’m meeting the Permanent Secretary for Namibia’s Tourism and Environment Ministry, and our […]

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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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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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