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Commentaries from last year's successful Icefish 2014-15 campaign.

 

The End of the 'Bandit 6'

By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty

Capt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersCapt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersThis morning the F/V Viking came into the anchorage in the port of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the bow of the Steve Irwin, I watched her meander through the vessels and head for a spot just a few hundred meters from where I was. The F/V Viking is an illegal fishing vessel and has been a wanted vessel for more than a decade. From the anchorage the vessel is expected to head into port for an investigation into her fishing crimes, after which she will be sunk by the Indonesian navy for breaching national and international law. Since 2003, this vessel has been fishing illegally in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans and the limitations of international law have allowed her to be a step ahead of law enforcement officials. She has finally run out of luck.

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The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today

Commentary by Captain of the Steve Irwin, Siddharth Chakravarty

HMNZS Otago (here seen in the Hauraki Gulf) has returned from Antarctica. (Photo: Creative Commons)HMNZS Otago (here seen in the Hauraki Gulf) has returned from Antarctica.
(Photo: Creative Commons)
For the second time this year, a New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) patrol vessel has returned from the Antarctic. The last patrol concluded in January when the HMNZS Wellington located, but was unable to board, the illegal fishing vessels Yongding, S onghua and Kunlun. The evidence that was collected by the patrol vessel in January has helped the Spanish government levy 17.4 million euro worth of fines on the operators of those illegal vessels.

This time the HMNZS Otago has come back just 17 days after the fishing season began in the Ross Sea, and with the fishing season expected to last for another two months, one hopes that the return is for a quick refueling and restocking before heading South again.

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Steve Irwin Galley Update

By Chief Cook, Priya Cooper

The Steve Irwin Galley department, Operation Icefish 2015-16. Photo: Tim WattersThe Steve Irwin Galley department, Operation Icefish 2015-16. Photo: Tim WattersThe lead up to an Antarctic campaign always sees a lot of frenetic activity from the galley; stocking the ship for a several month-long voyage requires a lot of planning and preparation with every last item of food requiring quantification.

We have once again been lucky enough to receive some remarkable donations from compassionate companies globally to help us ensure that the crew stays hale and hearty, even once the fresh food has dwindled to just shades of brown.

Joanna, our third cook, has been busy organizing the dry store, ensuring we have the space to stow all the provisions necessary as well as assisting Chloe, our second cook, prepare nutritive food in the countdown to our departure date.

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Steve Irwin Deck Department update

By Bosun, Antoine Amory

Antoine Amory, Bosun on the Steve Irwin.Antoine Amory, Bosun on the Steve Irwin.Our dedicated deck department is working tirelessly to get the Steve Irwin ready to tackle poachers in the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean on Operation Icefish 2015-16.

Rust repairs, chipping, grinding, welding and painting - the deck's job list never ends.

Recently, the deck has focused on getting our fast small boat, the Delta, back into top shape: the pontoons have been replaced, fiberglass work has started and all navigation electronics have been re-wired. Out in the vast and cold waters of Antarctica our small boat crew can never be safe enough.

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Steve Irwin Engine Room update

By Chief Engineer, Brian Race

Steve Irwin Chief Engineer, Brian RaceSteve Irwin Chief Engineer, Brian RaceThe engine room is the heart of Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the Steve Irwin. The engine requires a lot of attention to keep-up with the poachers, while also ensuring that our crew is kept safe in the hazardous conditions we face in the Southern Ocean.

In the lead-up to Operation Icefish 2015-16, the engine room team is hard at work making sure that the Steve Irwin will be in top working condition for the campaign.

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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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