by Pete Bethune on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 at 20:52
“I’d like to buy the movie rights to your book Whale Warrior”, Andrew says to me, as he hands over a glass of Bollinger champagne. I take a sip, and the liquid is dry and rich, as I swirl it around my mouth.
“Now why would you wanna do that”, I reply finally.
The Circus Display of Sharks, Politics and Greed. Who is the predator?
Report on Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament, Martha’s Vineyard
July 19 – July 21, 2012
Report by Earthrace Martha's Vineyard team: Sandi Sullivan, Maare Liiv and Donald U.Newe
The Earthrace Conservation Organization team of volunteers travelled to Martha’s Vineyard (MV) this summer in opposition to the 26th Annual Monster Shark Tournament held in the quaint town of Oak Bluffs.
Conservation vs Tradition Hunting
by S Dale Bowman, National Director, 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 been lost to extinction. We have evolved to become the planets biggest predator and we do it well but within this evolution we have also increased our understanding of the impact we have on our environment....well, some of us have.
Conservation in Recession
by S Dale Bowman, Co-Director, Earthrace Conservation NZ
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 Public is struggling to pay the bills, where does marine conservation rate in the list of important issues
“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 in her voice, the first time I’ve heard it from this extraordinary lady.
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.
“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 me. I’ve just seen him offload a large haul of groper, hapuka and ling, and it hardly seems like the catch of a dying industry. I’m also well aware that many of the fishermen with quota have become wealthy men as its value has increased.
ISSUED FROM AUCKLAND, New Zealand and FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington State
Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace Conservation, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, have reached an agreement following arbitration in their long-running legal dispute. The agreement, which involved a financial settlement to Bethune, also provided that he will assist Sea Shepherd to help ensure Paul Watson is not extradited to Japan.
Video blog from Pete Bethune about the Shark Stanley campaign that Earthrace is supporting, started by www.sharkdefenders.com. A great way for people to join in an action from home and pressure CITES into increasing protecting for our manta rays and sharks.