In a verdant airfield just north of Seattle, our team stood huddled in the damp dawn obscured on every side by a thick fog. As the sun climbed into the morning sky, we waited, fingers crossed, for the fog to lift before the winds picked up. Just as the warmth of the sun began to burn off the mist, a helicopter appeared and circled above. It was the local news helicopter. They had come to see this thing called an airship
There is no doubt that it is a peculiar craft. Somewhere between a blimp and a hot air balloon, Greenpeace’s thermal airship, named A.E. Bates, is one of 4 vessels of it’s kind in the United States and one of only 60 in the world. Continue reading
I woke up this morning to reports that the Fisheries Agency of Japan, the body in charge of our whaling industry is seeking government funds to repair and re-fit the Nisshin Maru, the main factory processing vessel of the whaling fleet and make it more energy efficient. My country’s pointless Antarctic programme cannot take place without the Nisshin Maru. Continue reading
Healthy oceans are only possible with healthy ecosystems. Maintaining the robust fish populations upon which we depend for food and recreation requires protection of their food source. This means protecting the entire oceanic food web. Little fish are hugely important to big fish yet they’re often overlooked in conservation efforts when tuna and whales take center stage. However, recent reform by Mid-Atlantic and New England fishery mangers means a big victory for little fish and increased protection for our oceans. This victory took years of advocacy to accomplish, and will help ensure there’s plenty to eat for the big fish we love.