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We are returning to the Antarctic to stop illegal fishing of vulnerable toothfish.
Operation Icefish

OPERATION ICEFISH

Sea Shepherd's 2014-15 Antarctic Campaign has as its goal to stop the illegal fishing of vulnerable Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish.

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Dramatic Drone Footage of the Sinking of the Viking
Sea Shepherd has released dramatic footage, including drone footage, of the sinking of the last of the “Bandit 6” toothfish poaching vessels, the Viking, in Pangandaran, West Java. Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, Gary Stokes, was at the sinking. “Another of the Bandit 6 po...
The Arrest of the Viking
The hunt for the last of six known toothfish poaching vessels has ended with the arrest of the Nigerian-flagged Viking in Indonesia. The announcement of the vessel’s arrest was made at a press conference in Jakarta today, held by Indonesian Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastut...
The Arrest of the Viking
The hunt for the last of six known toothfish poaching vessels has ended with the arrest of the Nigerian-flagged Viking in Indonesia. The announcement of the vessel’s arrest was made at a press conference in Jakarta today, held by Indonesian Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastut...
The Arrest Of The Kunlun
On February 2 2015, while at the helm of the Sea Shepherd ship The MV Sam Simon​ on Operation Icefish 1, Capt. Sid Chakravarty and his crew intercepted the internationally wanted toothfish-poaching vessel, Kunlun, in Australian waters in the Southern Ocean. Capt. Chakravarty th...
The Search Begins
#VIDEO: The Search Begins - Operation Icefish 2015-16 Campaign Update Two weeks after they departed from Fremantle, Australia, with bad weather behind them, Captain Chakravarty and the crew of the Steve Irwin are focused on the task at hand - finding the poachers that continue t...
Blue Whales Greet Steve Irwin
Amazing, rare footage of an endangered Blue whale and her calf, captured by the crew of the Steve Irwin during their search for poachers on Operation Icefish 2015-16. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on this planet, growing up to 30 meters in length.
Steve Irwin Departs Fremantle Today on Operation Icefish 2015-16
In just a matter of hours, Sea Shepherd's Flagship, the Steve Irwin, will depart Fremantle, Western Australia, on Operation Icefish 2015-16. These 35 individuals are the only thing that stands between illegality and the precious marine ecosystem of Antarctica. Help them to #Def...
Operation Icefish 2015-16: Southern Ocean Defense Campaign
This Austral summer, Sea Shepherd’s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, is headed for the Southern Ocean for the organization’s 12th Southern Ocean Defense Campaign, Operation Icefish 2015-16. Led by Captain, Siddharth Chakravarty, Sea Shepherd will once again defend the pristine wat...
Steve Irwin Dry Dock 2015, Fremantle, Australia
Sea Shepherd's Flagship, the Steve Irwin, arrived in Perth Western Australia last week and has been undergoing final preparations in a secure dry dock facility, prior to its departure for Sea Shepherd's upcoming Southern Ocean Defense Campaign, Operation Icefish 2015-16. The ca...
Poaching Vessel, Thunder, Sinks in Suspicious Circumstances
On April 6, the notorious poaching vessel, Thunder, sank inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome. “Usually when a vessel is sinking, the captain will close all hatches so as to maintain buoyancy. However, on the Thunder, the reverse was done - doors and hatches w...
Sea Shepherd Assaulted While Attempting to Communicate with The Thunder
“Human trafficking and modern day slavery is rife in the high seas fishing industry ... Given this, we decided to try to communicate with the crew, to assess their situation.” - Capt. Sid Chakravarty. The Sea Shepherd small boat crew successfully threw messages in plastic co...
Dramatic Footage of Near Collision In High Seas Battle With Notorious Poaching Vessel
The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, narrowly avoided a collision with the Interpol-listed, Thunder, as the poaching vessel made multiple attempts to retrieve its illegal fishing gear from waters in the southwest of the Indian Ocean.
The Sam Simon Intercepts Two Poaching Vessels That Evaded New Zealand Navy
February 2, 2015 - The Sam Simon intercepts two poaching vessels that evaded the New Zealand Navy, in Australian waters. The Yongding and the Kunlun, two of three poaching vessels that fled from the New Zealand Navy in January 2015, display aggressive action as they are interce...
EXCLUSIVE: Crew of the Sam Simon Retrieve 3rd Illegal Gillnet
Through day and night, wind, rain and snow, the dedicated crew of the Sam Simon have battled to rid the Southern Ocean of the devastation of thousands of metres of illegal gillnets, abandoned by the poaching vessel Thunder. Watch the crew in action during their operations to retr...
To The Veronicas, love from Sea Shepherd
Australian band, The Veronicas, are dedicated supporters of Sea Shepherd. Their video 'If You Love Someone' features images of Sea Shepherd's frontline defence of the whales of Antarctic. This video is a thank you to the band from the crew of Operation Icefish, who are currently...
Sea Shepherd Breaks Record For World's Longest Sea Chase of a Poaching Vessel
On January 8 2015, the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, marked the 22nd day of its pursuit of the Interpol-listed poaching vessel, Thunder. In doing so, the conservation ship has broken the record for the world's longest sea chase of a poaching vessel.
Crew of the Bob Barker encounter rare "Ecotype D" Orcas
NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE: On December 26, 2014, while in pursuit of the poaching vessel Thunder, the crew of Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, encountered a pod of rare “Ecotype D” Orcas. Marine ecologist and (Antarctic) Orca expert Robert L. Pitman, examined photos taken of t...
The Sam Simon Retrieves Illegal Gill Net Abandoned by Poachers
Watch exclusive video of the dedicated crew of the Sam Simon in action, hauling thousands of metres of illegal gillnet from the frigid waters of Antarctica. Without their direct intervention, countless numbers of Antarctica's rare marine creatures would have needlessly perished, ...
Bob Barker Intercepts the Thunder in the Southern Ocean
December 17, 2014 - The Sea Shepherd conservation ship, Bob Barker, intercepted the illegal fishing vessel Thunder inside the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) region of management.
Operation Icefish Campaign Update - More news from the Sam Simon
The crew of the Sam Simon shares their anticipation for Operation Icefish. Hear what drives them to return year after year to protect the last great wilderness on the planet.
Operation Icefish Campaign Update - Sam Simon Modifications
Captain Sid Chakravarty and crewmembers of the Sam Simon unveil the custom-built modifications that have been made to the Sea Shepherd ship in preparation for Operation Icefish. The upgrades, which are a key component of the campaign, will enable the crew confiscate any illegal ...
Operation Icefish - the Bob Barker departs Hobart
Captain Peter Hammarstedt and Bob Brown talk to media about Operation Icefish as the Bob Barker prepares to depart. The Sea Shepherd ship will join with the Sam Simon and patrol the Southern Ocean shadowlands for Antarctic and Patagonian Toothfish poachers.
Patagonia toothfish killing vessel during Operation Migaloo 2008
(File Footage) On February 23, 2008, while pursuing the Japanese whaling fleet, the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin discovered two vessels engaged in deploying deep set longlines. The South Korean registered Insung No. 2 is shown hauling up toothfish.
Operation Icefish Campaign Update - with Captain Peter Hammarstedt
Captain Peter Hammarstedt talks about Sea Shepherd's Southern Ocean patrol mission, Operation Icefish, targeting the illegal poaching of Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish.
Antarctica: The World's Heritage
"Antarctica gives you a taste of what our oceans could have been like before human exploitation. It gives you a perception of what really is important in today's world -- A timeless, ancient place of breathtaking beauty and priceless ecological value. In a time where the fate of ...
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