The creatures of our oceans are under attack like never before by the rapaciousness and stupidity of the planet’s largest predator, We humans.
And, it’s not just the large fish floating on the brink of extinction. While it’s true, the Blue Fin Tuna, Sharks, Sword and Sailfishes, and all of the Whale and Porpoise species, waver on the edge of viable survival, the small reef inhabitants of the worlds seas, fish you may find familiar sights at your doctor’s or dentist’s office, too face an uncertain future.
The negative effects driving the extinctions are many, but central to them all is the human penchant to love the wild things of this earth to death.
I wrote that introduction four years ago, and the situation in the World’s oceans, and especially on its diminishing reefs, is worse now than then.
Robert Wintner is an environmental defender, author, and the wildly successful entrepreneur behind Hawaii’s Snorkel Bob’s reef outfitter company. He is also the engine behind the Snorkel Bob foundation, whose myriad charitable projects help to bring the appreciation of the oceans and all its inhabitants to humans who would otherwise remain ignorant of the workings of the Planet’s single-most essential biosphere.
Some of Robert Wintner’s book titles include: ‘In a Sweet Magnolia Time’, ‘Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing’, ‘The Modern Outlaws’, and his latest, ‘Dark Hobby: Some Fishes I Have Known.’ Snorkel Bob is also the author of the popular ‘Snorkel Bob’s Underwater and Get Down Guide to Oahu’, and it’s companion ‘Get Down Guide to Maui’, and he’s compiled several books of short stories. He is also vice-president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and skipper for its recently launched ‘Operation Reef Defense.’
Robert Wintner in the first half.
And; nothing accommodates the despoliation of the land, air, and waters of our fragile blue home in space more than the ascendancy of corporate power. In every sphere of our lives we are connected in a web of interests we know little about, the strands of that web all inexorably connected to one corporation, or more probably a matrix of interlocked trans-national corporations. Nowhere is the power of this system more evident than in the so-called alphabet soup of “free trade” agreements.
Most Canadians remember well the “national debate” over the FTA that culminated in the election of Brian Mulroney, but knowing the profound effect that agreement and subsequent agreements has had on the nature and character of our nation is a more nebulous proposition. Those citizens entirely in the dark about these dealings can be forgiven somewhat given the super secrecy with which meetings between the corporadoes and “our” representatives are conducted.
Scott Harris is Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians, the organization formed specifically to battle that original Free Trade Agreement, and kept busy on myriad campaigns to preserve Canadian democracy from the encroachment of corporate power ever since.
Scott Harris and facing the next of the corporate Hydra’s heads, the Trans Pacific Partnership in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s good going on, and otherwise, on Victoria’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Wintner and the dark business behind the “dark hobby” of live fish collecting.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/