Love for Long-Finned Eel – Finally.

One of the challenges facing Conservation groups is making the public care about animals that don’t look cute or cuddly. We faced it recently with a campaign to save the Long Finned Eel. Our petition after considerable time and pushing has just 16,000 signatures. Compare that with our petition to stop seal clubbing in Namibia, […]

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Costa Rica – The Arribada & Harvesting of Turtle Eggs

This August saw Pete headed to Costa Rica to observe the Arribada and see exactly what is going on with the legal harvesting of the turtle eggs in Playa Ostional. Four times a year, ten days before the new moon from August to November, masses of olive ridley sea turtles simultaneously swim out of the […]

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Bear Spearing wrong on so many levels

A hunter has caused outrage after filming himself spearing a black bear to death with a homemade weapon Josh Bowmar, 26, from Columbus, Ohio, can be seen celebrating after killing the bear while hunting in Alberta, Canada. But animal rights campaigners have condemned the killing, with the footage showing the bear sprinting away after the 7ft-long […]

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INDONESIA DECLARES NATIONAL PARK IN PALM OIL PRODUCING PROVINCE

A wildlife reserve and surrounding areas on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra were declared the country’s newest national park on Friday, part of the festivities for World Environment Day. Zamrud National Park is located in the Siak district of Riau province, whose vast peat swamp zones have been widely drained and dried for oil […]

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Earthrace Kickstarts New Boat

For immediate Release. 4th August 2016. By Earthrace Conservation Organisation Earthrace today released details of its successful Kickstarter campaign for designing its radical new conservation vessel. Earthrace CEO, Captain Pete Bethune, says the Kickstarter campaign raised just over US$90,000, nearly double what the non-profit organization was aiming for. He says, “With a few days to […]

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6 PLACES BANNING PLASTIC BAGS AROUND THE WORLD!

1. Karnataka, India In March this year, the Indian state of Karnataka completely banned the use of plastic across the state. No wholesale dealer, retailer, or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling film, or anything of the sort. Since the ban came into effect four […]

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ARMY KILLS OLYMPIC MASCOT – Captain’s Blog 52

In another tragic example of captive animals being shot, the Brazilian Army today shot dead a Jaguar, just hours after it was used in an Olympic Torch Ceremony.  This follows hot on the heels of the the horrific death of Harambe the Mountain Gorilla.  In both cases, critically endangered animals were being kept in zoos […]

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ESTABLISH A MARINE PROTECTED AREA IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Earthrace Assists in Belle Rose Disaster

For immediate Release.  19th June 2016. By Earthrace Conservation Organisation Earthrace Conservation has Captain Chris Wade assisting local authorities in their efforts to assess and salvage the stricken vessel Belle Rose. The 183 meter long, 50,472 dwt cargo vessel Belle Rose currently rests on Monad Shoal near Daanbantayan in the Philippines.  She was headed to San […]

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HELP US FLOAT A BIG DREAM. EARTHRACE-2 KICKSTARTER Captain’s Blog 51

Hi there … You may know of the extraordinary boat that was Earthrace 1. May she rest in peace. Now a new super-vessel is in the making. Earthrace-2 will be 200 ft long with a crew capacity of 26 and a guest capacity of 200 (in port). It will become our much-needed base of operations, […]

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Earthrace Kickstarts a New Vessel

For immediate Release.  25th May 2016. By Earthrace Conservation Organisation Earthrace Conservation today unveiled concept designs of their new 60m Trimaran to be used for Conservation missions around the World.  The radical looking vessel, designed by Auckland Naval Architects LOMOcean Design, is based on the original Earthrace that still holds the record for circling the globe. […]

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CHARITY DUCKING FOR COVER Captain’s Blog 50

A charity in Auckland was recently bemoaning the fact that they were not issued a permit to release 12,000 rubber ducks into the harbour for their fundraiser.  It demonstrates how ignorance abounds in the corporate sector, and while the CEO Keith Mackenzie’s intentions in raising funds for his charity may be noble, it certainly does […]

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MARINELAND SUING STUDENT FOR $1 MILLION Captain’s Blog 49

In a somewhat surprising move, Ontario based Marineland have just announced their plans to sue 19-year old student Zach Affolter for $1m. It raises a number of interesting issues, and the case may yet backfire on Marineland.As a quick background, Zach acquired Orca footage online that was allegedly filmed by one or more employees at […]

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