On the trail of the fish thieves – pirate fishing!

View from the bridge of the Esperanza, sunset
blather.net’s dave is off again, sailing the high seas. This time, he’s on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, sailing from Cape Town, South Africa, on a search for pirate trawlers…

So yes – here I am, posting to blather.net from somewhere to the West of Namibia. It’s about 8:30 GMT (which is anything between 5 minutes and five hours ahead of Irish time). The sea is flat, it’s hot and sweaty in the campaign office on the bridge of the Esperanza, and we’re making for the Atlantic Tuna grounds.
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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of Blather.net, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.


  1. I hope hes packin some firepower on that boat. Modern day pirates are armed to the teeth.

  2. I am a peace loving soul also but I don’t want to get tortured by pirates. Read “The Outlaw Sea” by William langeweische and you might pack pack some heat the next time you hit the water

  3. Hi Fritz – we’re not after pirates as such – we’re after boats that carry out illegal, unreported and unrelegulated fishing.
    more here on pirate fishing
    Next, greenpeace.org is dedicated to non-violence. Our ships do not carry weapons, haven’t done for 30-something years, and we’re not about to start!

  4. I applaud your efforts and understand your position of non violence.
    I was just worried you might run into
    pirates you were not looking for. The Outlaw Sea gave several accounts of modern day piracy in the vicinity of Malaysia.
    Hopefully they won’t be in your area.Good Luck.

  5. Hi Fritz, off Africa, Somalia – for obvious lack-of-political reasons is the prime spot for Piracy.
    Somalia pirates
    We’re in West Africa, where the piracy is less organised, and more inshore and opportunist.

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