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> Subject: John Ridgway 'Save the Albatross' Voyage 2003-04
> Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 11:35:00 +1200
> Organization: Eco-Vista: Photography & Research
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> Hi all,
> Just thought I would draw people's attention to the John Ridgway 'Save
> the Albatross' Voyage 2003-04.  The aim of this voyage is to prevent 
> the
> needless slaughter of the albatross.  For more details and up to date
> information, please check out the interactive voyage site, housed on
> BBC's H2G2 website.
> (for an easier URL
> <>  is redirected to the above)
> The yacht English Rose VI left its home port of Ardmore, Scotland on
> 27th July, on the first leg to the Canary Islands.  The boat plans to
> then head for Cape Town, South Africa, where its circumnavigation of 
> the
> Southern Ocean will begin on approximately 25 October.  The boat will
> head from Cape Town to Melbourne, Australia, arriving there on
> approximately 1 December.  From there the boat will head to Wellington,
> NZ, leaving there on about 26 December and heading to the Falkland
> Islands, anticipating arrival at the end of January 2004.  The boat 
> will
> then push on towards Cape Town, but will spend several months filming 
> at
> South Georgia, arriving back in Cape Town approximately 17 May 2004.
> Following this the boat will then head back up to the UK.
> This is an amazing voyage which hopes to raise awareness of the plight
> of albatrosses and other seabirds, with relation to fisheries bycatch,
> and the pressures that some species face at their breeding colonies.
> The voyage aims to make contact with Pirate fisheries in some parts of
> the Southern Ocean, but also to illustrate how well regulated fisheries
> operate and the precautions and practices they employ, which amount to
> fewer birds being caught.
> It is anticipated that each port of call will create its own media
> coverage, so close to the dates outlined above it is anticipated that
> the local media will pay quite a bit of attention to the voyage - keep
> your eyes peeled.  As well as this it is hoped that the interactive
> website will create quite a bit of interest, with daily logs being
> maintained, photos from the boat, as well as a map detailing the voyage
> so far with current location.  Once in the Southern Ocean, a bird
> sightings log will also be maintained.  Several BBC documentaries are
> planned from various parts of the voyage.
> So, take a look at the website for more information.  This is a great
> opportunity for creating public awareness about the pressures the 
> marine
> environment is facing, particularly the issues surrounding seabird
> bycatch from fisheries.  Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society are
> the Birdlife International partners in New Zealand, and are fully
> supporting the voyage -
> <>  and there are a host of other 
> Birdlife
> partners supporting the trip, all outlined on the website.
> Regards,
> Brent
> Brent Stephenson
> Eco-Vista: Photography & Research + Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ
> email  <> 
>  <> and
> <>
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