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July 10, 2008

Arriving in Napoli, Italy

BY: Keith Ellenbogen


©OCEANA/ Keith Ellenbogen


At 5:30 in the morning, as the sun began to rise over the horizon — the Oceana Marviva Med is approaching the harbor of Napoli, Italy to re-supply the ship with fresh food and fuel. Under the bright yellow light, between the Isla De Ischia on the port side of the vessel and the Island of Capri starboard side our crew continued to watch for illegal driftnet fishing boats from the bridge of our vessel.

This is a known area for driftnet fishing boats and Maria Jose Cornax, scientist and fishing boat expert scans the horizon with her binoculars looking for any activity. Throughout the night — on evening watches from 10pm to 8am each member of the Oceana Crew spent two hours on the bridge recording any fishing boat activity picked up by our radar. Continuing our watches early this morning we did not observe any fishing boats as we prepare to dock in the Napoli harbor Pontile Flavio Gioia.