Tales from the 'Atlantic Frontier' X

Wednesday 20th July

Dreams and feathered lions.

We awake to fog but this starts to lift a little before eight. It was a long night.

Spinning through the darkness in a claustrophobic bunk perched on a heaving sea is about as close as I plan to come to drowning. Not surprisingly then, during what can only be called a fitful sleep, flashbacks of recent events pile in and transport.

Seattle Times article on Makah

Thursday, July 23, 1998

Opponents criticise proposed buffer zone for whale hunters

As the Makah Indians prepare for their first whale hunt in more than 70 years, the U.S. Coast Guard is discovering that the First Amendment and harpoons make for uneasy sea mates.

The Coast Guard yesterday proposed rules that would keep the expected throng of seagoing protesters at least 1,500 feet from the tribe's whaling vessels.

More on Canadian Inuit kill of Bowhead

Predominate source - High North Alliance. The first four paragraphs below are almost entirely sourced from the High North Alliance web page. WDCS has added or changed certain comments [see text in square brackets] and edited other text. For the full High North text please see the High North site at:

French fishermen protest driftnet ban


French fishermen blocked Marseilles port last week in protest against the European Union driftnet ban which is due to take effect in 2002.

Port officials said two ships from North Africa were diverted to nearby Toulon after trawlers prevented them from entering the docks.

Japan encourages whaling in the Caribbean

A Japanese newspaper has just reported that Japanese Government officials have been in the Caribbean encouraging the development of a commercial whaling industry. The islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada have consistently supported Japan at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meetings. Despite having thriving tourism industries some of the Caribbean delegates to the IWC indicated that they would be opposing all developments of whale watching in the Caribbean.

Full press release on 'dolphin racing'

The following is the full press release sent by GIC Global Intertainment Corporation with regard to their suggested 'racing of dolphins' for sport

"Live From the Caribbean: The "First Ever" Dolphin Races; Event Will Be Broadcast Worldwide Over the Internet; Online Bets Accepted

Climate Change Affecting Marine Mammals?

WASHINGTON - A sudden 2-degree rise in ocean water temperature 20 years ago may be causing a decline in fish, birds, seaweed and some mammals along the West Coast, researchers say in a study published today.

John A. McGowan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, co-author of the study, said the warming trend may signal a climate change deeper than just a temporary El Nino effect.

"It's clear the entire system has warmed up," said McGowan, co-author of the study in the journal Science.

Canadian Inuit kill Bowhead

Initial reports indicate that after days of being turned back by bad weather in the Arctic, Canadian Inuit finally went out on the water early on the 21st July and killed one bowhead whale from an endangered population.

WDCS will report more on this issue as information is received.

Tales from the 'Atlantic Frontier' VIII

Monday July 20: We encounter a marine head-banger.

We are still sheltering in East Loch Roag. Last night, the captain put down a second anchor to hold the Neptun still and a trawler and a fisheries protection vessel joined us here overnight. These too were sheltering from the storm.

Engineer Len has announced that because the water pump is broken and its lashed-together replacement requires showers, he says (taking some delight in this) "just get in, have a quick hose down and get out!"


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