31/03/2009 Canada 30,000 Baby Seals Dead, 340,000 to Die

Ireland, Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain are very much against the slaughter and imports of seal products, UK is against the slaughter but allows seal imports into the UK.

In a few weeks time it is hoped that the whole European Union will vote against baby seal killing and seal imports.

Canada is becoming increasingly more isolated as they continue to support the cruel painful slaughter of over 340,000 baby seals on the ice. Canada's members of parliment are receiving thousands and thousands of emails condeming the killings. The majority of every day Canadian people condem the horrific baby seal killing, where the fur is ripped off the baby seals whilst they are still alive.

Senator MacHarb has stood up against the cruel slaughter of baby seals, but the other politicians are obedient to the party and ignore the voice of the people who voted the party in.

The way to destroy the seal industry, is to destroy the market for seal products.

Demonstrations are taking place around the world, telling Canada to stop killing innocent baby seals NOW!

24/03/2009 Humanity Causes 50 Billion Tons of CO2 Yearly, Serious!

Professor Chris Rapley who previously ran the British Antarctic Survey said, "Humanity was emitting the equivalent of 50 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year", he also said that "we have to cut this by 80% and the population growth is going to make this much harder".

There is a call by experts of OPT to try and reduce the British population to around 30 million, for a better life for all, approximately to what it was in Victorian Times, then the country can feed itself sustainably.

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, said: "You can't have sustainability with an increase in population".

Jonathon Porritt, one of Gordon Brown's leading Green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society. 

Porritt will speak at this weeks annual conference of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), to which Porritt is patron. 

Porritt also said: "population growth, plus economic growth, is putting the world under terrible pressure".

However, Jonathon Porritt is winning scientific backing. Professor Chris Rapley, director of the Science Museum, will use the OPT conference, to be held at the Royal Statiscal Society, to warn that population growth could help derail attempts to cut Green House gas emissions.

Britains population will grow, it is believed, from 61 million now, to over 70 million by 2031.

Apparantly the Chinese as an example, implemented restrictions on their population, now China is on a better road and has become a more sustainable and prosperous nation, it now has to deal with it's CO2 problems.

One spokesman said, "that if too many people jump into a life boat, it may sink. But if everything was thought out properly earlier, there would be no need for a sinking ship". A spokesman also said, "more people on a small island like the UK, it makes sense, that there will be a huge increase in CO2 and Green House gas emissions, less people less CO2 and Green House gases".

15/03/2009 Evidence of Illegal Porpoise Killing, Mutilated, Thrown Back into Sea 

Cut Up & Thrown into Sea By Dutch Fishermen

                     Photo by C J Camphuysen

An increasing number of mutilated carcasses of Harbor porpoises, on average 1.50 meters in length, have washed up on beaches in recent months at Texel, an island north east of the Dutch mainland. According to Just van den Broek, Director at the marine protection centre Eco  mare, the killings of the animals found in recent months can be attributed to fishing vessels which operated along the Dutch coast over the winter period.

It is a worrying development that fishermen kill and cut the porpoises out of their nets, instead of cutting the nets around the animals to free them from being trapped. However, it is nothing new that those operating fishing vessels will often choose cheaper and easier methods of getting rid of so called 'by catch' in order to protect their investments and profits. Many, if not all, will escape prosecution as authorities are reluctant to enforce the appropriate laws and regulations which are supposed to protect the sea mammals.

In the last 3 months, over 100 killed harbor porpoises have washed up on Dutch beaches, compared to a total of 46 in all of 2008. About half of those found were cut up and/or had been mutilated. Some reports say carcasses had the intestines cut out, apparently in an effort to make them sink to the bottom of the sea quicker and hide the evidence of the illegal activity.

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) has corresponded with the Dutch Minister for Fisheries and the Environment about the situation, and some of the Dutch press has covered the illegal activity. It is clear that such an alarming situation as this needs a quick and concise response in order to put a stop to it. International agreements as well as Dutch law give clear opportunities for prosecution of those responsible.

Dutch authorities have said they are taking this issue seriously.

GreenEcoPeace and other organisations will continue to monitor this situation and investigate further where needed to ensure these beautiful creatures get the justice they deserve.


 8/03/2009 Crime Fishing Syndicates - Scurge of our Seas

    Illegal Crime Syndicate Vessels in Port Louis

  Illegal Crime Syndicate Vessels in Port Louis. Picture Gavin Newman many thanks

From our Intelligence Service 

Crime fishing syndicates are depleting and raping our seas of fish and depriving locals of a living and making them go hungry. One of the worst sufferers is Somalia.

From the islands of the South Pacific, to the coastal countries of West Africa, the illegal fishermen are netting in millions of dollars. These dollars are a much needed income, and rightfully belong to coastal communities. The United Nations estimate that Somalia is loosing approximately £200 million pounds a year to the crime fishing syndicates. Guinea looses approximately £75 million pounds a year and globally the loss, to these crime fishing syndicates, is approximately £3 billion pounds a year.

In contrast, the crime fishing syndicates hide their identity and origin, and ignore the rules and often fly the flags of countries that ask no questions about their fishing. With easy access of computers and for as little as £300, flags can be bought over the internet from countries like Malta, Panama, Belize, Honduras and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

There is little policing of the rogue traders. Governments around the world seem to do little to check their activities, or what is landed in their own ports, despite the various international commitments and plans. The illegal fish is often illegally transferred to factory ships, mixed with legally caught stocks and then knowingly sold in "legimate" ports such as Las Palmas and Suva.

The countries that are victims of this mass fish taking, are usually the poorer countries that are less able to enforce the laws, even in their own waters. But the owners of these illegal crime syndicate fishing vessels are not impossible to track down. Approximately there are 80 different countries that allow these illegal vessels into their ports. These include the European Union, Taiwan, Panama, Belize and Honduras. It would not be too difficult to organize international enforcement that could shut down this illegal trade.

Illegal fishing causes global environmental damage from illegal distructive fishing. The fishing techniques that they use, are destroying our ocean life.

The stocks of tuna around Tanzania, Somalia, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu are targeted each year with giant nets that scoop up the entire shoals, including the young fish vital for breeding and future stock growth.

Bycatch from long line fishing is another major hazard, as is shrimp trawling. Fishermen fill a few small boxes with the targeted catch and tonnes of unwanted fish and sea life are thrown back over the side dead. For every kilo of shrimp landed, over 3 kilos of tropical marine life are caught and die. Shrimp fishing, accounts for between 3 and 4 percent of the worlds fishing industry, but is responsible for over 27 percent of the unnecessary destruction of marine life.

This illegal fishing can be stopped. Governments can outlaw flags of convenience and refuse entry into ports of illegal fishing and supply vessels.

Enforcement is needed to protect the marine environment and the local and coastal communities that depend on it.

2/03/2009 Whales Stranded in Tasmania   

Australian authorities are working hard to save Pilot whales and a small pod of dolphins which have beached on the island.

The mammals have stranded themselves on King Island between the main land and the southern state of Tasmania.

Approximately 140 out of approximately 200 whales have already died.

More than 400 whales have died in the Tasmanian waters in recent months and still there is no explanation why this happens.

The 194 Pilot whales and several Bottlenose dolphins, became stranded on Naracoopa Beach on King Island late Sunday evening.

54 whales and 7 dolphins were still alive.

Reports say, what is a mystery, is that some will survive for days.

Pilot whales are fairly robust animals and experience from the past shows that whilst they are alive, there is a good chance of survival.

The rescue was helped by local residents who tried to keep the animals wet and were working out ways on how to move them out to the open sea. Over 100 King Island residents volunteered to help in the rescue.

Over 150 Pilot whales have died after beaching themselves on Tasmania's remote west coast in Novemeber and 48 Sperm whales died in January, on sand bar off Perkins Island.

In both Australia and New Zealand from time to time mass strandings occur as the whales migrate to and from Antarctic waters. It is not clear why they do this.

There are many theories as to why the whales and dolphins may beach, some say, it is interferance from sound produced by human activities at sea.


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