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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