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While Mr Rudd is sweating on a diplomatic solution to the whaling stalemate, he has told Channel Seven there is now a deadline for court action if the Japanese refuse.

"If that fails then we will initiate that court action before the commencement of the whaling season in November 2010," he said.

"Now that is a direct honouring of the commitment I gave to the Australian people."

Full Article here

Meanwhile, Japan says it might ignore a ban on commercial bluefin tuna fishing if it is passed at an international convention next month.

The European Commission hopes to take a proposed ban on commercial bluefin tuna fishing to next month's meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Japan consumes three-quarters of the global bluefin tuna catch.

Japan's fisheries minister, Hirotaka Akamatsu, says Tokyo's answer to a trade ban is a "clear no", while a fisheries official has told the AFP news agency that his country could well ignore a ban if one is passed.
I have not been blogging much here lately but I have plenty on my mind. Check out this footage of one of the MR Big's of the shark fining trade. This stands side by side in importance with whaling and dolphin slaughters that many activists have been fighting. Guess what? Same countries and races of people involved, throw in some greedy professional fisherman from a few countries, even our green eco friendly Costa Rica friends and whamo the sharks are going to be wiped out. Does any one care that these sharks are dissapearing or even know when they order shark fin soup what is happening to our ocean? No they are not dolphins, tigers or fluffy pandas so they do not get news time. Time to get serious with our freinds in Asia their diet might be different but they do not have the right to plunder the oceans with their drift nets, long lines and mega fishing fleets. We also need to curb our demands for seafood caught by wasteful and unsustainable fishery pratices.

Disturbing Undercover Video


Click links to get updates and support Sea Shepherd.

Captain Watson says the Japanese fleet "refuels illegally".

"They bring a supply vessel in. You're not allowed to do that but they do it anyway and nobody does anything. We don't have that luxury.

"Australia should have a boat down in these areas, especially in the Australian Antarctic Territory, where there seems to be no monitoring of exploitation of anything - whales or fish or anything."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/03/2458480.htm

After chasing the Japanese whaling fleet for 2,000 miles from the extreme Western end of their hunting territory near Commonwealth Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory, to the Eastern side of the Ross Sea, the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin has been forced to cut off the pursuit to return to land for refueling.

http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-090102-1.html


I bet this is more to do with them selling whale meat on the floor during the next month. Anyway whale or tuna its bad that there is no monitoring of facility.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/12/2444454.htm


Check out this email I just got and its true!!  EMAIL

Men gather on the shore to kill the beached whales. Ideally, most of the whales will strand far enough up on shore that it is unnecessary to secure them. However, those remaining in the shallows must be secured and hauled closer. Traditionally, this is done by driving a steel hook, or gaff, with a rope attached to it into the back of the whale. A new blunt hook inserted into an airsac in the whale’s blowhole has now been widely tested in practice and it is hoped that this new equipment may eventually replace the traditional gaff as the standard method for securing whales. The whale is killed using a sharp knife to cut down to sever the spinal cord, which also severs the major blood supply to the brain, ensuring both the loss of consciousness and death within seconds.


Okay they are smart

How can we let them bastards hunt, kill and eat these creatures.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/dolphinrings.asp
Well a River and Reef baby at last and a little sheila at that... aawww  as cute as a bucket full of kittens...

Congrats Greg!!!

"I am proud to announce the arrival of Abigail Grace to our family. She was born on 8/26 and weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20" long.....I think she's a keeper. Mom and baby are doing well. Maybe she will accompany dad on some fishing trips soon :).
 
 
Talk to you soon,
 
 
Greg, Deanne and Abigail"




The rage for sushi and sashimi, Japan's raw fish dishes that overtook the West and have now spread to increasingly prosperous China, risks wiping out one of the Mediterranean's most emblematic residents: the bluefin tuna.

Experts say too many of these majestic fish prized since Greek and Roman times - each one of which can weigh up to 900 kilos - are ending up on the platters of restaurants around the globe.

"Japanese consumption was already a threat to bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. The European craze for sushi bars has added to that," said Roberto Mielgo Bregazzi, a Spanish expert and author of several reports for Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.

"If the Chinese market continues to grow, that will be the end of the stock," he said.

Eating Japanese-style raw fish in rice packages spread to Europe and the United States in the 1990s and quickly grabbed palates there.

China seems to be next, according to Mr Bregazzi, who said there had been a significant increase in tuna consumption there in the past six years.

Even though there are few official figures on Chinese consumption, the trend has also been observed by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), a body responsible for managing bluefin tuna fishing.

Japan, however, remains the main consumer of bluefin tuna.

"Around 80 to 85 per cent of bluefin tuna caught in the Mediterranean is exported to Japan," said Jean-Marc Fromentin, a leading worldwide expert on the subject at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER).

Sushi consumption took off after World War II, largely using southern bluefish tuna then found in huge numbers off the coast of Australia.

"This stock has now collapsed thanks to over-fishing, and the Japanese turned their attention to the Atlantic bluefin tuna," said Mr Fromentin, adding that despite its name, Atlantic bluefin comes mainly from the Mediterranean.

Prices began to climb. Fishing fleets were modernised in Europe and new fishing fleets created in Turkey and northern Africa. The result - a huge over-capacity in fishing.

Today more than 50,000 tonnes of bluefin tuna are caught every year in the Mediterranean. To prevent stocks from collapsing, that figure should be limited to 15,000 tonnes in the short term, according to ICCAT.

"The bluefin tuna industry is in the process of fishing itself to death," Greenpeace oceans campaigner Karli Thomas said.

The risk now is that the depletion of tuna will wipe out the fishing sector and cost thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region.

ARTICLE FROM ABC NEWS HERE IN FULL


A Fishing Buddy Passes

It seems the older you get the less complicated life should be but of course it is the opposite. Losing friends and family is part and parcel of this journey through our lives but it does not get any easier no matter how many times you experience it. A couple of good mates of mine are actually father and son. Big Chris and Little Chris Reynolds the "Critta's". Just this last Christmas, Chris Jnr told me that his father had terminal cancer called Myloma and just a few days ago informed me that he had only a few days live. Sadly Big Chris passed on this Sunday at the age of 67. His four children will miss him dearly but cherish the times they had together.

I have plenty of memories of the time spent with Big Chris, sushimi, beers and sailfish, coffee and cigarettes on winter days, boats, sheds and cars, workouts. Monty Python and cry tears laughter are some of thoughts that come to mind whenever I think of him. Even though this news made me shed some tears he always made me smile and so do those memories. Chris was a keen fisherman and chasing Big Jewfish from the beach was a passion of his.

 I introduced Chirs to Gamefishing and we had some great times during the 92'-93' season in a boat he overhauled from top to bottom a 19ft Mako center console. He was very good with tools and could fix and build just about anything. I was with Chris when he caught his first sailfish and he helped me catch a couple of important ones also during the Sunshine Coast Gamefishing Club rally days. As a matter of fact he helped me win a trip to New Zealand to compete over at the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club. One day Chris actually dropped my off on the Blinker (a flashing light beacon a few mile off Mooloolaba) so I could meet and fish on another boat during the afternoon.You had to be there but it was bloody funny. 

I think of Big Chris as one of my great mates and I miss him. He better have a boat ready when I finally get up there because we will have some catching up to do!!! In the mean time I hope to take his sons fishing on my return back to Australia maybe we will catch the infamous "Darling River Silver Bream".


10th Year Anniversary

On August 23rd of this year Kate and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  I'm not sure of the symbolic metal or procedure for celebrating such an occasion. We will do what we always do I guess and go fishing! We met fishing when she and Billy Pate fished on my boat for sails and marlin back in April 1998 The weeks before we were married we worked at the Brisbane Boat show with myself doing some bait rigging for the fledgling magazine Bluewater Boats and Sportfishing and Kate doing a presentation on flyfishing the world. An awesome time we had and of course we met with and chat with  the likes of Rod Harrison, Gary Howard, Peter Pakula, John Bethune and the late Peter Goadby. We also spent a week fishing Cape York with Greg Bethune's Carpentaria Seafaris on the old Capricorn Mist with friends Steve Starling and Ed Rice
Of course Kate was no stranger to fishing and both her parents fish (mine both fish also) her dad Peter Van Gytenbeek has a long running history with organizations such as Trout Unlimited and the FFF He also penned the book 'The Way of the Trout'
This of course leads me to this picture sent by my sister in law Carol. I'm guessing Kate's dress sense came from her mothers side! Wow the 70's were cool...



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