CONSERVATION VS TRADITIONAL HUNTING

Conservation vs Tradition Hunting by S Dale Bowman, Earthrace Conservation New Zealand Since the beginning of humans’ time on earth we have been a race of hunters and gatherers, there is no disputing this. We have survived by eating our way to the top of the food chain and along the way many species have […]

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CONSERVATION IN RECESSION

No matter what you are trying to conserve, it costs money. Even in the best of economic times finding funding for a project is often difficult, trying to find that funding in a depressed economy is almost impossible. So when global financial markets are in free fall, primary industries are cutting the fat and Joe […]

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SHARKS GETTING SOME LOVE – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 19

“It’s a real shame”, says Dr. Liz Slooten, the World’s leading scientist on Maui’s dolphins. “This was New Zealand’s chance to stand up and be a leader on the protection of endangered species… instead, we’re just business as usual. I fear it spells the death knell for the Maui’s”. There is a hint of resignation […]

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MAUI’S DOLPHIN DEBATE -TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE SAYS EARTHRACE CONSERVATION

“I have never been more ashamed to be a kiwi”, said Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace Conservation, on hearing that the Ministry for Primary Industries had pressured New Zealand’s Head of Delegation to the IUCN, Andrew Bignell, to go against a motion to increase protection for Maui’s dolphins at the recent World Conservation Congress. New […]

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THE BATTLE AGAINST SUPER-TRAWLERS – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 18

The so-called super trawler, the Margiris, which appeared in Australian waters a month ago is a doom-laden harbinger of things to come. These massive vessels have been slowly increasing in number, as a few large fishing companies look for larger profits from a dwindling fishery resource. It was heartening to see the Aussies and a […]

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GOVERNMENT ‘SELLING OUR SOUL’ IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY

“Our industry is doomed”, Rewi says to me angrily. “And it happened the day those bastards in Wellington introduced the quota management system.” Rewi pours some milk into a steaming cup of tea and hands it over to me. “Ever since then, our industry has been on a slippery slope to oblivion.” His comments surprise […]

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GOVT SELLS OUR SOUL IN FISHING – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 17

“Our industry is doomed”, Rewi says to me angrily.  “And it happened the day those bastards in Wellington introduced the quota management system.”  Rewi pours some milk into a steaming cup of tea and hands it over to me.  “Ever since then, our industry has been on a slippery slope to oblivion.” His comments surprise […]

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TRIBALISTIC ACTIVISM – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 16

“Dad.  I’d like to go and volunteer at an Orphanage in the Philippines.”   Danielle’s request comes somewhat out of the blue.  She is in her last year of High School, but until now, discussions had been about University and further study.  Not volunteering in some far-off land. I look over at Danielle.  There is a […]

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PETE BETHUNE REFUTES ‘TURNCOAT’ ALLEGATION FROM WATSON

Posted 9:01am 21st September 2012 ”BEING CALLED A ‘TURNCOAT’ BY CAPTAIN WATSON OF SEA SHEPHERD IS DISINGENUOUS TO PUT IT MILDLY”, SAYS EARTHRACE FOUNDER, PETE BETHUNE Recent press releases and statements issued by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have sought to blame Pete Bethune for many of the legal problems that the organisation and its […]

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CRAPPING ON COSTA RICA – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 15

I took a call last week from a Journalist in Costa Rica, and he had an interesting take on Costa Rica’s impending (or attempted) extradition of Paul Watson.  He was adamant that all the nonsense about Costa Ricans being bandied about by others is hurting Watson’s cause, should the extradition ever be successful.   He also […]

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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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DIVE NZ / DIVE PACIFIC MAGAZINES – INTERVIEW WITH PETE BETHUNE

Dive NZ / Dive Pacific magazines – August/September – Issue 131 Read the published interview: http://nz.zinio.com/browse/publications/index.jsp?productId=293230981# Dive Magazine (DM): Pete what are the objectives of your new conservation project in Africa?  Pete Bethune (PB): East and West Africa have a growing problem of pirate fishing by foreign vessels. The region is estimated to have over […]

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