The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is en route to the Southern Ocean as part of a massive global campaign to stop whaling in the Sanctuary.
o1310051: 4 - 13 October 2005 - Rotterdam, Netherlands The Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza sets sail from Rotterdam harbour, The Netherlands bound for Cape Town, South Africa where the organization is embarking on a major global oceans expedition. Greenpeace is calling for a network of marine reserves which are needed to protect and restore the health of the world's oceans.
The ship will stop in New Zealand in the New Year to re-supply
and make final technical and safety checks before leaving for the
Southern Ocean shortly afterwards. It will be the first time the
ship has been to New Zealand.
Two thirds of Japanese people do not support whaling on the high
seas, according to a recent opinion poll. Greenpeace will be
working to bring international and domestic pressure on the
Fisheries Agency of Japan to end the hunt in the Southern
Greenpeace is creating the biggest crew that it has ever taken
south -with supporters sailing with the ship on-line. Supporters
can become part of the campaign by generating ideas for the
Esperanza crew's actions in the Southern Oceans.
The website is at www.greenpeace.org.nz/whales
or supporters can join up by texting their email address to
The journey brings full circle the Defending Our Ocean
expedition oceans.greenpeace.org ,
which began in November 2005 in the Southern Ocean, where activists
put themselves between the whales and the harpoons to stop them
Since then the ship has been across the world's oceans,
highlighting threats to the oceans, from the overfishing of tuna to
marine debris and oil pollution.
The Esperanza is now embarking on the last leg of the voyage,
which will also be the launch pad for Greenpeace's new whale
Other contacts: Jo McVeagh - Whales Campaigner - 021 927 301
VVPR info: Cindy Baxter 021 772 661 - Media Officer
Exp. contact date: 2007-02-14 00:00:00