Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Powering the plunder, fueling the fire: Tuna today, gone tomorrow by Chuck Baclagon
September 19, 2009, 4:38 am
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, The Esperanza, Volunteers | Tags: , ,

From the Greenpeace Australia Pacific blog

The fuel tanker Fong Seong 888 refueling the purse seiner MV American Legacy. Both are owned by the Taiwanese Chen family network of Companies.

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Fish Now, Pay Later by Chuck Baclagon
September 14, 2009, 4:43 am
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Life at work, The Esperanza, Volunteers | Tags: , , ,

From the Greenpeace Australia Pacific blog

Just two days ago, the Japanese purse seiner, Fukuichi Maru was pulling in its purse seine net, heavy with freshly caught tuna, when we found them fishing in area 2 of the Pacific high seas. Floating and attached on their left side (or port side as we refer to it in nautical terms), was a FAD made of a very long log with a radio beacon on it. It was the first time that we caught a fishing vessel in the act of purse seining from a FAD.

Seeing this made me shake my head in disbelief. There was a two-month ban on FADs declared by the WCPFC, currently in place. But a major loophole in the ban is being exploited by Japan to continue their high seas plunder of the Pacific.(1)

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Meet Your New Webbie For The Pacific Tour by fierymary

From the Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog

Hello! My name is Mary Ann and I am from the Philippines. As I write this, we are sailing over the big blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

It has been more than 12 years since I first got involved with Greenpeace. Way back in 1990, I first read about Greenpeace on a register at the National Library. There was a picture of a GP inflatable confronting a whaling ship. That struck me very deeply, I thought wow these guys were really out there at the forefront! I promised myself that I will volunteer for the organization by hook or by crook. This was the time when there was no Southeast Asian office yet and I didn’t know how I could even start, much less volunteer for an organization that wasn´t in my country yet.

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