Join the Cove Guardians and Help Stop the Senseless Slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan! (Taiji Dolphin Base force a malnourished captive False Killer whale to perform tricks for food. Taiji Dolphin Base...
"MOSCOW - Greenpeace says that 14 of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The activists from Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Sweden were among 30 people who were on board the Greenpeace ship that was seized by the Russian Coast Guard following the Sept. 18 protest".
All 30 are being held in jails in Murmansk, a port above the Arctic Circle.
President Vladimir Putin said last week that he doesn't think the Greenpeace activists are pirates, which triggered hopes for their release. But Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday urged energy companies to adopt more stringent security measures and said the government should consider tougher penalties for those who attack or trespass on the grounds of Russian oil and gas infrastructure.
New trawling technology - billed as "the future of sustainable fishing" - has been unveiled to the New Zealand seafood industry at its annual conference in Auckland - New Zealand Herald (#NewZealand has used #fisheries #subsidies to help end #overfishing,...
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Any by-catch, such as sharks or stingrays - as well as juvenile fish that didn't manage to escape through the portals - can then be released back into the ocean alive, the developers of the technology claim.
As of midnight last night, after the failure of Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, the government has officially shutdown. What does this mean for conservation? We don’t know exactly what will happen.
Your guide to making animal friendly choices on holiday. Tourist activities that exploit animals only continue because tourists choose to support them. As a tourist you have a choice – to avoid cruel practices and reward positive ones.
Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption - Commentary by @CaptPaulWatson http://t.co/ecylSV4Puv Pls RT!
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Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
Over the years I have seen a great deal of silliness emerge from the mouths of politicians but I don’t think I’ve quite heard anything as absurd as this.
President Harry Truman once stated that “the buck stops here.”
Not so with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla. The “buck” does not come anywhere near her, or so she says.
According to President Chinchilla, there is not a shred of corruption in her government BUT also according to her, there is indeed corruption within the administration of the government.
What she is saying is, “I and my ministers are not corrupt, its’ just the people around us who are corrupt.”
In other words she is suggesting that the administration of the Costa Rican government is not part of her government? If this is so, she is saying that she, as President, has no control over corruption within the administration of the Costa Rican government.
She has also said that her government does not censor free speech. Yet only six weeks ago she called in a group of attorneys to file lawsuits against anyone who criticized her government on social media. Her government informed the Tico Times that they had no right to publish anything about me without consulting with the government first because I am wanted on charges of interfering with one of their illegal shark finning operations a decade ago.
The Press Advisor for MINAE (Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Mares de Costa Rica) said “A member of the news media should collaborate and verify before giving publicity to the affirmation of a person who is being processed by the judicial branch of Costa Rica and is wanted internationally by interpol.”
The Editor for the Tico Times responded publicly by saying, “I am sorry, but if news organizations refuse to give voice to anybody who has been persecuted criminally or politically to anyone in the world then what kind of democracy would we be.”
And of course I have not been convicted of any crime.
No such advice has come from the government in reference to Luis Dobles.
And investigations continue into corruption charges against Luis Dobles, the Executive President of the National Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA). He is accused of taking bribes from shark finners. I have been saying for years that both he and Laura Chinchilla are corrupt. So far one of them at least is teetering on the brink of full exposure.
The man who brought charges against me for intervening against shark poachers is now under investigation for being bribed by shark poachers. I may be wrong but that smacks vaguely of conflict of interest, and casts serious concerns about political interference with regard to the case against me.
INCOPESCA is a Costa Rican government agency, yet President Chinchilla believes that it is not her responsibility if this agency is corrupt.
Personally I believe that the corruption runs rampant through the Costa Rican government straight to the office of the President. She still has not explained why she was given a free flight on a plane owned by a drug cartel.
There is a great deal of money being made in Costa Rica from the illegal exportation of shark fins and from drugs. Government fuel subsidies are being given to vessels that have been caught poaching and smuggling drugs. Is the President saying this is not her responsibility?
If she is not corrupt than why are shark finners operating with impunity out of Costa Rican ports and continuing poaching activities in the Cocos Island Marine Reserve? Why are the rangers not given the support they need? Why are drug cartels calling the shots and able to land their packages on Costa Rican beaches without fear of interception?
As politicians, scientists and the world's media begin to respond to the latest IPCC report, Jack Wilson reminds us of the critical role that oceans play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and explains just how detrimental this role is to...
RedOrbit Rainforest Wildlife Impacted By Forest Shrinkage RedOrbit An international team of scientists reveals that species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought.
Seals and porpoises around the coast are being killed in large numbers because they get trapped between ships' propellers and their covers, according to the latest scientific research for the Scottish Government.
The animals die from distinctive "corkscrew" cuts spiralling around their bodies.
Major bid to check radioactive waste dump area in Arctic archipelago.
Marian Locksley's insight:
The desolate islands were used in Soviet times as a major atomic test base and 52 years ago it was the site of the 1961 Tsar Bomba test, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. They were also used as a site for storing atomic waste.
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