The same group that brought the world “Whale Wars” is now going after commercial tuna fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea.
From the story:
_Conservation Society Sea Shepherd will on Monday launch a “Blue Rage” campaign against the poaching of threatened bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, the director of its French branch told AFP. The group’s boat Steve Irwin arrived on Saturday in Malta, near where Greenpeace activists clashed on Friday with French commercial tuna fishing vessels, director Lamya Essemlali told AFP. She and the group’s founder, Paul Watson, were to join the vessel and its crew of about 40 people on Monday to launch the campaign which would last until mid-July, she said. “We want to stop the poachers,” Essemlali said, adding that Sea Shepherd’s boat would consider sailing into Libyan waters, where many poachers operate, to protect the bluefin.
__The legal fishing period for the fish is May 15 to June 15, but even during that period the catch is capped by strict international quotas. Sea Shepherd says on the website the Steve Irwin and its crew “will stand against the illegal overfishing of bluefin tuna. We will do everything possible within the boundaries of international law to protect the magnificent bluefin,” it says.
This raises an interesting philosophical conundrum: On one hand, if there’s one fish that needs all the help it can get right now, it’s the bluefin tuna. On the other hand, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, is a raving anti-hunter. _