There are some fisheries where we just have to stop fishing. There are some fish we have to stop eating.
Otherwise we will eat and fish them into extinction while destroying the habitat for all forms of marine life.
Having Blue Fin Tuna sushi is a luxury not a necessity. Eating an endangered species is not the act of an enlightened sentient human being. It is the act of a worthless scum sucking arrogant pig.
I am a supporter of Sea Shepherd and its mission whether that mission is saving whales and dolphins or seals and endangered species of fish.
Some forms of fishing need to be banned including drift nets and long line.
Earth First… Stand for What you Stand on…
From Sea Shepherd: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110525-1.html
The Beast Transforms into a Beauty as Godzilla Becomes the Brigitte Bardot
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s fast interceptor and scout vessel the Gojira (Godzilla) helped chase the entire Japanese whaling fleet out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary earlier this year. It was quite funny to have the Japanese media report that the whaling fleet was fleeing from Godzilla. But as frightening as Godzilla may be, there is one thing far more terrifying – Godzilla’s lawyers.
Sea Shepherd was served with a notice to remove the name from our vessel. This is not really a problem since the Gojira served its purpose in routing the Japanese fleet so they can quite willingly retire the name. In the meantime, Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson, made a proposal to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation to rename the vessel the Brigitte Bardot after the dedicated animal rights activist. The relationship between Brigitte and Paul goes way back to 1977 when Captain Watson took Bardot to the ice off the coast of Labrador to pose cheek to cheek with a baby seal.
With that one iconic photo alone, Bardot brought the cause and need to protect harp seals to the world’s attention, a pivotal point in the fight to stop this annual Canadian obscenity of cruelty and mass slaughter.
Sea Shepherd and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation have worked together in partnership for many years, recently teaming up in an effort to end the barbaric slaughter of pilot whales in the Danish Faeroe Islands.
And thus, the newly painted Brigitte Bardot is now part of the Sea Shepherd fleet joining the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker in our ongoing campaigns to defend life in our oceans from illegal exploitation by high seas poachers.
Captain Albert Falco, the legendary oceanographer of the Cousteau Society, broke a bottle of champagne on the bow of the Brigitte Bardot to officially launch the vessel under her new name. The ceremony was attended by Sea Shepherd crew and staff, along with members of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, and the media.
Continue reading at: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110525-1.html
From MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43241971/ns/world_news-world_environment
‘Brigitte Bardot’ takes activists to tuna war off Libya
Sea Shepherd ship to act as ‘interceptor’ for any illegal fishing
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 6/1/2011 4:52:02 PM ET
Activists with the group Sea Shepherd set sail from France on Wednesday with an unlikely destination: the waters off war-torn Libya. Their mission: stop any fishing for endangered bluefin tuna since it’s illegal in those waters.
“Any tuna fishing vessel we find off the Libyan coast will be operating illegally,” Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said in a statement. “We will cut their nets, free the fish, and document and report their operations” to international officials.
“We have no need to worry about Libyan planes or naval vessels,” added Locky MacLean, captain of the flagship “Steve Irwin”.
“We will keep NATO forces aware of our activities,” he added. “We can’t allow the poachers to profit from the war by taking these magnificent endangered fish.”
Sea Shepherd, a group best known for taking on Japan’s whaling fleet, said 46 crew are aboard the “Steve Irwin,” named after the late Australian conservationist, and a faster “interceptor” vessel, which was recently renamed the “Brigitte Bardot” to honor the French actress known for her animal activism.
The two ships left before their scheduled sailing, Sea Shepherd said, because they feared some French fishermen who trawl off Libya might try to sabotage their departure from the port of Toulon.
Continue reading at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43241971/ns/world_news-world_environment
From Sea Shepherd: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110601-1.html
Operation Blue Rage 2011 Commences: Sea Shepherd Departs for Hostile Libyan Waters to Save Tuna
June 1, 2011
Operation Blue Rage, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s bluefin tuna defense campaign, kicked off today with the departure of two of their ships from the port of Toulon, France. The Dutch flagged Steve Irwin and the Australian flagged Brigitte Bardotdeparted from the port of Toulon, France today bound for the waters of war-torn Libya. Sea Shepherd’s mission is to search out and intercept bluefin tuna poaching operations of vessels taking advantage of the war to illegally catch this highly endangered fish.
The two ships departed from Toulon ahead of their 1500 hour scheduled departure in order to avoid the threat of an attack by angry French fishermen, attempting to prevent the departure of the Sea Shepherd ships.
Forty-six volunteer crewmembers make up the Sea Shepherd crew, including 18 women and 28 men, all of whom are prepared to undertake action despite the risks of confronting poachers in hostile Libyan waters. The crew represents 17 nationalities, including 10 European Union member nations. The represented nations onboard are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Operation Blue Rage 2011 is focused on intervening against any bluefin fishing operations taking place in the area off the Libyan coast, a region closed to the exploitation of bluefin tuna by the International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) and the European Union fishing commission.
Continue reading at: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110601-1.html
From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/environment/151167/the_wild_war_to_protect_bluefin_tuna_in_libyan_waters%2C_and_obama%27s_troubling_role/
The Wild War to Protect Bluefin Tuna In Libyan Waters, and Obama’s Troubling Role
The waters off Libya are a NATO no-fly zone, which is good news to poachers: No inspectors. No surveillance.
By Anneli Rufus
June 1, 2011
A war is raging in Libya, but it’s not the one in the news.
Its battles are set in the dazzling Mediterranean offshore. Its warriors are foreign, their motives mostly mercenary.
Their casualties? Atlantic bluefin tuna. Although it’s not an officially endangered species — with help from the Obama administration — overfishing has reduced bluefin populations by 80 percent since 1970. A single bluefin typically sells for $75,000, and that’s what will happen to those caught off Libya, unless Captain Paul Watson, armed with international law and big serrated knives, wins this war.
Two ships from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a nonprofit Watson founded in 1978, nine years after cofounding Greenpeace, are now speeding toward Libyan seas. French, Spanish, German, Italian and Maltese poachers ply these waters with impunity, although the EU has outlawed all fishing here due to Libya’s civil war. It’s a NATO no-fly zone, which is good news to poachers: No inspectors. No surveillance.
Except, that is, for the Sea Shepherd’s 60-foot helicopter-mounted flagship Steve Irwin and its small, swift scout vessel.
“Any boat we find will be an illegal boat,” warns Watson, who says he liberated 800 tuna off Libya last year.
Continue reading at: http://www.alternet.org/environment/151167/the_wild_war_to_protect_bluefin_tuna_in_libyan_waters%2C_and_obama%27s_troubling_role/