Gentle Giants

  Dolphin Protection

The Enforcement Arm




(No Sopranos in this choir!)



Mark Berman and David Brower -- Reviewing Earth Island Rules


 May 6, 2002  Newsweek 
The Earth Island Rules

Alan Zarembo

This is the unlikely tale of how an obscure San Francisco office of dolphin lovers gained what all activists lust for: real power. Over the last decade, the Earth Island Institute has become a de facto global regulator of the $2 billion-a-year canned-tuna industry. Its 14 monitors track tuna fishermen worldwide for "dolphin safe" practices, and woe to those who are caught with so much as one dolphin in their nets. Falling off the Earth Island list of "certified" companies


The editors note below accompanies the reprint of this NEWSWEEK article


The International Harpoon:
IWC 54, Shimonoseki, Japan, 2002

EDITOR'S NOTE: This photo is not of Mark Berman of the Earth Island Institute, nor is any likeness implied to either Mr. Berman or any EII employee, living or dead. It's appearance alongside an article about Mr. Berman, an upstanding gentleman who earns an honest day's wage, is entirely coincidental


(National Archives, Still Picture Branch, 306-NT-163.820C )

"The income tax law is a lot of bunk. The government
can't collect legal taxes from illegal money."

--Attributed to Al Capone

 Al Capone, 1930

For years Capone remained immune to prosecution for his criminal activities. In June 1930, after an exhaustive investigation by the federal government, Capone was indicted for income tax evasion. One of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century--the man held most responsible for the bloody lawlessness of Prohibition-era Chicago--was imprisoned for tax evasion.

 Mark Berman (above), addresses the Summer Learning Academy at the South Branch Berkeley YMCA. The need to protect marine mammals and especially Keiko (above right), was readily understood by these hopeful young people.