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When persons set themselves up as conservationists they must be prepared and knowledgeable about all aspects involved in conservation.  The SSCS seagoing cult has received information from the Australian Government that it failed to conduct an approved environmental impact assessment (EIA) with regard to the drones they are using to find and track the JWF.  At present this involves only the MS Bob Barker as their other two vessels are not involved in chasing and harassing whalers.

They were advised by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) Manager Gillian Slocum that the drones were not included in the EIA required to enter Antarctica.  Under the Antarctic Treaty the drones are subject to an EIA and must not be used in the Region otherwise.

The SSCS fleet Admiral "Wats-his-name" made the excuse that they are required to present a complete EIA while the JDF is not treated to the same standards.  While this may well be true Admiral "Wats-his-name" chooses to ignore the fact that just because the other fellow ignores the Law does not entitle him to ignore it.  This is something he well knows and following true Cult protocol uses such differences to show how unfairly he is treated.  With the SSCS seagoing cult history and documented record of violent acts of piracy he should be in gaol serving a life sentence.

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The other pirates in Puntland are holding captive some 300 of our fellow seafarers off the coast of Somalia.  Today they threatened to kill some of these captives if any further attempts are made to restrict their activities on land or at sea. It is way past time to rescue these imprisoned seafarers.


We at NAUTICAL LOG understand from a New Zealand reader that there are quite a few former crewmembers of the SSCS vessels who are no longer under the spell of the SSCS seagoing cult.  In complete and absolute confidence we should like to hear their opinions of life on board these vessels as it actually is. 

We understand that the 'Whale Wars' Staff have been signed to absolute secret agreements.  Of course we are pleased to hear from any crewmember regardless of whether they are now for or against the SSCS seagoing cult.  It is only by hearing all opinions that a fair and balanced final opinion can be developed.   Your e-mails should be sent directly to  and NOT as comments to our Posts.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Please remember foul language and abusive writing does not phase us in the least but it renders your opinion ignorant and totally valueless, so it is up to you.  Thank you.


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