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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Eco-group’s founder uses ‘aggressive nonviolence’


ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN – From the crow’s nest, some 60 feet (18 meters) above the waves, the horizon forms a perfect circle, and the visible world a perfect disc — empty in all directions but for the sea.

Down below, the ship’s captain is frustrated by that emptiness. He believes quite strongly that boats are fishing for bluefin tuna illegally, hastening

Paul Watson

what he fears is the species’ demise. He wants to find those fishermen and stop them. But there are few blips on the ship’s radar and few specks on the horizon save for the occasional NATO warship.

Paul Watson, captain of the Steve Irwin and founder of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is mostly frustrated by what he sees as the Byzantine bureaucracy that fails to enforce its own fishing quotas and makes it very difficult for him to determine who is out on the Mediterranean harvesting tuna illegally.


Paul Watso.

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