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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I-PHONE MADNESS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 34

Hundreds of people are lined up outside the Apple Store. A new I-Phone is about to go on sale, and people are clearly keen on being first in the world to get the new device. I amble down the queue, and there is an excited buzz about the crowd. It feels like they are about […]

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ULTIMATE INVASIVE SPECIES – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 33

“There are more people living today than have lived in the entire history of the world.” The statistic came as somewhat of a shock to me, considering how long we’ve been around.  Humans as a species first evolved in Africa over 200,000 years ago.  50,000 years ago we began our migration across to Yemen and […]

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AN OPEN LETTER – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 32

To the Board of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Without prejudice I was lucky enough to be in The Hague when the IJC handed down their historic verdict over Japanese whaling.  Just prior to entering the courtroom however, Alex Corneilson, under instruction from Sea Shepherd, handed me a letter, demanding I pay you $100,000 for […]

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EARTHRACE, JOSS STONE & TIKI TAANE SAVING BIRDS & PLANTING TREES

Waikato, New Zealand, 28 April 2014 Superstar songbird Joss Stone somehow managed to find time in her whistle stop trip to New Zealand as part of her world tour to visit an island in the Waikato river where she planted trees with Pete Bethune of Earthrace and fellow musician, Tiki Taane, that will offer a […]

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UNSUNG HEROES THAT ENDED WHALING – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 31

  By Pete Bethune, 1 April 2014 The International Court of Justice was emphatic in their ruling against Japan –The research-whaling program in Antarctica fails to meet Article 8 of the IWC regulations, therefore it is illegal. This will mean an end to Antarctic whaling, and it brings to a close the conservation war that […]

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PETE BETHUNE APPLAUDS INTERNATIONAL COURT VERDICT ON JAPANESE WHALING

Posted 10:4pm 31st March 2014 Pete Bethune, Earthrace Conservation, applauds International court verdict on Japanese whaling. The International Court of Justice in The Hague today (Monday, 31 March 2014) found in favor of Australia and New Zealand in the court case against Japan’s so-called Research Whaling in Antarctica. Earthrace Conservation founder Pete Bethune, who was […]

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CONSPIRACY TO SCUTTLE ADY GIL – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 30

After Watson’s recent post, I cannot let all his half-truths and lies about the sinking of Ady Gil go unanswered.  Watson claims the vessel was doomed, however this is simply not true.  Four of us, including Watson, were involved in a conspiracy to secretly scuttle the vessel to garner sympathy from media and the public, […]

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JUDGEMENT DAY FOR JAPAN – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 29

March 31st 2014 will go down as an historic day for the whaling industry and the anti-whaling movement.  On this day, the International Court for Justice (ICJ) will hand down its verdict in the case brought by Australia and New Zealand against Japan over its so-called Research Whaling Program in the Southern Ocean. The stakes […]

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INBREEDING CONTROVERSY MAKING WAVES FOR USHAKA SEA WORLD

INBREEDING CONTROVERSY MAKING WAVES FOR USHAKA SEA WORLD The recent birth and death of a nine day-old Bottlenose dolphin, named ‘Baby’, at uShaka Sea World in South Africa, has sparked tremendous upset and controversy throughout the marine conservation community. Given there is only one other male dolphin in captivity at uShaka apart from the original […]

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CONSERVATION MISSIONS WANTED – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 28

In 2013, Earthrace ran a series of Conservation missions in Costa Rica and West Africa.  Missions included targeting illegal trawling, illegal longlining, protection of Marine Protected Areas, illegal gold mining, and the illegal harvesting of turtle eggs.  With a team of 25, half a dozen ex-military personnel, a full film crew, and over a million […]

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BETHUNE CALLS FOR MARINE INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR ROWING4REEFS

WORLD POWERBOAT SPEED RECORD HOLDER PETE BETHUNE OF EARTHRACE, CALLS FOR MARINE INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR ‘CRAZY BRIT’ IN SINGLE-HANDED PACIFIC ROW In 2008, Pete Bethune and his boat, Earthrace, set a new world speed record for a powerboat circumnavigating the globe. Sadly, ‘Earthrace’ itself is no more, sunk in January 2010 after being rammed by […]

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