The Modoc´s refit has started

The Refit of the Modoc has started Modoc has come a long way in the last 2 weeks while anchoring outside San Quintin – a small worker’s town in Baja, Mexico. We not only extended our refit crew by 9 Mexican crew members, we also started taking out the big guns (read: exciting power tools) […]

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The Modoc is finally on Sea! Its first voyage under the flag of Earthrace

THE MODOC ON ITS FIRST VOYAGE UNDER THE FLAG OF EARTHRACE What an exciting couple of weeks! The Modoc has been relaxing in Bremerton Marina for a couple of years, and we had the honour to get the former US Navy tug boat back into the oceans. After 9 months of hard work on the boat, […]

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Volunteers wanted for Epic Mission

We have amazing news, and an awesome opportunity for you. We’ve just completed the purchase of a superb vessel, the Modoc, which is now our main conservation ship, and base of operations. And we’re looking for volunteers to come and help us refit and crew her. People often ask me how can they get involved? […]

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Big Hitters commit to Ocean Patrols

Earthrace Conservation has recently completed the successful syndication of a dozen high-net worth individuals to fund it’s next fishery patrol vessel. Included in the list are a Saudi Prince, an Australian Oil Industry Executive, and a Swedish Property Developer. Like most NGOs working in conservation, funding has remained our biggest challenge. We’d been looking at […]

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Long Game required to save Orca

It is with great sadness that we got the news yesterday about the death of Orca J50. I’m currently in Bremerton (WA), just a few miles away from where she was last seen alive, and the news cast a dark cloud over our day. The death of J50 is tragic, especially when you consider how […]

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Why “Shark Cage Diving” ban matters

The New Zealand Court of Appeal today ruled shark cage diving is an offense under the Wildlife Act, a move being welcomed by many, and ridiculed by others. But it raises an interesting question – Should shark cage diving be banned globally, despite its benefits? Shark cage diving involves operators first attracting sharks to an […]

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Leopard Seal Killers Caught

The alleged killers of a leopard seal found with gunshot wounds on a Northland beach have been caught. Four teenage males, two aged 16 and two aged 15, would be referred to Youth Aid over the incident, police said. The leopard seal was found dead of gunshot wounds to the face on a beach near […]

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Trump Kills Endangered Species Act

I am sorry, but those of you who said to give Trump a chance are wrong. As a conservationist, it breaks my heart to see what his administration has done, but more so, what they are about to do. When Trump arrived in office, within weeks he had pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. […]

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Iceland Kills Protected Whale by Mistake

Just before midnight on Saturday, 7th July, the Hvalur hf. fin whaling company landed its 22nd catch of the season at the whaling station at Hvalfjörður, Iceland. The whale hauled up the slipway immediately caught the attention of Arne Feuerhahn, a German conservationist documenting the hunt as it was strikingly different in appearance to a […]

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Pirate Fish Poachers finally captured

A fishing ship carrying 600 (yeah that’s right – 600!!!) illegal driftnets stretching up to 18 miles has been seized after an extensive chase by Interpol and various authorities. The STS-50 (its current name) has been using the flags of eight different countries to evade capture. It has also been changing its name on a […]

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Watson’s crazy allegations

I was disheartened last week when people started messaging me Watson’s latest nonsense alleging my knifing in Brazil was all a fabrication. It’s not the first time he’s posted to his many followers such vitriolic lies. And it is most ironic, given Watson’s long history of lying and faking stuff. Watson’s main evidence was because […]

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New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil

Captain Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation was this morning attacked by 2 men, one if them with a knife, in the port city of Santander in Brazil. Bethune says one of the men lunged at him with a knife, while a second man came from behind.  A fight ensued for several minutes, during which Bethune […]

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