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Siddharth Chakravarty

Siddharth Chakravarty

Captain – India

Siddharth Chakravarty has been at sea since 2001. He spent 10 years of his life working in the merchant navy as a navigator. After having spent the formative years of his career on the world’s oceans, he chose to have a more meaningful interaction with them; one that would allow him to give back something for…

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Alexis Marsh

Alexis Marsh

Quartermaster – Australia

I joined Sea Shepherd in December as a quartermaster for Operation Icefish 2015-16 on the Steve Irwin. This will be my first campaign with the organization and I feel so honoured to be a part of this incredibly dedicated crew.

Although it’s my first campaign with Sea Shepherd, it will be my…

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Alistair Allan

Alistar Allan

Bosun – Australia

I joined Sea Shepherd because it is one of the only organizations in the world that is actually saving lives and the ocean. Having been on the ships since 2011, I still believe that saving lives is what Sea Shepherd does best and my reason for joining still stands strong. We remain the voice and chance for…

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Andreas Mueller

Andreas Mueller

Communications Officer – Germany

Originating from East Germany and now living in a lovely town near Munich, I came aboard the Steve Irvin just before turning 47 and have spent over three months here helping the ship prepare for campaign.

The ship really has become home, with the crew and the local chapter; an incredible unit…

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Andy Cowell

Andrew Cowell

Camera Operator – United States

I’m hopelessly in love with the ocean. I overcame the adversity of being lake-locked in Chicago and have been fortunate enough to call the Pacific my back yard for six years. I have a tremendous respect for the life and mystery it contains.

I studied film and environmental science at the…

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Antoine Amory

Antoine Amory

Bosun’s Mate – France

My name is Antoine, I am 30 years old, and my country of origin is France.

I used to be a firefighter back home. Two years ago, I decided to leave my family and my job to join the Steve Irwin in Melbourne.

Putting my life at risk to save others makes me feel really alive and now my mission is to…

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Ashleigh Allam

Ashleigh Allam

Producer/Media Manager/Camera Operator – United States

Operation Icefish 2015-16 will be my second Antarctic campaign, and my third overall with Sea Shepherd. I served on the Steve Irwin during Operation Relentless and was a part of Operation Jairo in Honduras and southern Florida.

I'm delighted and honored to be a member of…

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Bernd Mutz

Bernd Mutz

Deckhand – Germany

My name is Bernd Mutz; better know as "B" on the ship.

I call myself an activist and I have worked in a few different areas: anti-racism, anti-atom and pro-justice. Now my focus is on animal rights.

I’m from Germany and used to work there as a social worker. I took three months off to travel before I…

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Breanne Evens

Breanne Evans

2nd Mate - Australia

My name is Bre. Originally from Perth, I've been working in the maritime industry my whole adult life. From skippering super yachts in USA, Europe, Middle East, South America and across most of the oceans of the world to commercial diving and refitting vessels of all shapes and sizes. I also have a double…

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Brian Race

Brian Race

Chief Engineer – United States

All of my life I have found an instinctual connection with the natural world and the issues that plague our planet, far and wide. Unfortunately the injustices that face our world’s oceans go mostly unseen and unchecked by most of humanity. 

Sea Shepherd has been a special part of my life for…

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Chloe Kobel

Chloe Kobel

Second Cook – Australia

I grew up in a small coastal town in Western Australia called Denmark. The ocean has always been one of my greatest loves in life. It has an undeniable power, mystery and beauty and places me in my complete element.

I joined Sea Shepherd three years ago. It was then I decided I needed to be an active…

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Damien Rotella

Damien Rotella

Deckhand – France

My name is Damien, I'm from the French Alps and I've been involved with Sea Shepherd as a deckhand since November 2014; a role I will continue on Operation Icefish 2015-16.

I started as an on shore volunteer in Wellington, New Zealand while I was travelling around the world. I realized that I wanted more, so I…

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Eliza Muirhead

Eliza Muirhead

Media & Communications - Australia

I am an activist, scientist and communications professional working for animals, the environment and human rights. My creative work has been published globally alongside campaigns for social change with some of the world's leading advocacy organisations. I hold a B.S. in Animal Science and a…

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Erica McLernon

Erica Mclernon

Deckhand – Australia

Hi my name is Erica McLernon. I am from Australia and my background is in corporate finance. I joined Sea Shepherd because I believe the organization takes the necessary risks to preserve our ecosystem.

I first crewed on the Steve Irwin at the start of 2015 as a deckhand and have since been working with…

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Gavin Garrison

Gavin Garrison

Executive Producer / Camera Operator – United States

I'm honored to join Sea Shepherd in Antarctica for my fifth campaign with the organization. The issues we cover in the Southern Ocean are as diverse as they are complex; they resonate with stewards of the planet worldwide.

I enjoy producing the media on campaigns like…

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Haanss Siver

Haans Siver

3rd Mate – Australia

After spending 146 days at sea on the Bob Barker for Operation Icefish -110 of which were spent chasing the poaching vessel, Thunder, before it was scuttled by its own crew - I knew I had to continue the search for the two, last remaining toothfish poaching vessels on Operation Icefish 2015-16. With the…

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James Brook

James Brook

First Mate - Australia

I have been a crewmember with Sea Shepherd since 2009. This will be my fifth voyage to Antarctica, working in the role of First Mate, assisting Captain Chakravarty in navigating and running the ship.

Over the past seven years I have taken part in seven campaigns, working as bosun, medic, diver, small…

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Jesse Burns

Jesse Burns

Quartermaster – Australia

My name is Jesse, I’m 22 years old and this will be my first voyage out to sea.

For much of my life the ocean has been a foundation for developing who I am as a person. When I was 10 my dad took me on my first surf trip and haven’t looked back since. The ocean has really been a place of refuge a…

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Johanna Bohl

Johanna Bohl

Cook and Medical Assistant – Germany

My name is Johanna.

I'm from a small village in Germany near the Alps, so I didn't have anything to do with the oceans. Well, that's what I thought, but then my life changed.

I saw a documentary about Sea Shepherd and what's going on in the oceans, and that's when I started to research. I…

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Josh Reynolds

Joshua Reynolds

Camera Operator – United States

Growing up in northern California, I developed a unique connection with the outdoors. Adventure intrigued me, and soon enough, my curiosity guided me to unfamiliar places.

Coincidentally, this is how I discovered my passion for filmmaking. During my undergrad at the University of California,…

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Karen Hagen

Karen Maria Hagen

Deckhand – Norway

Growing up with the beautiful Norwegian coastline as my backyard, it comes as no surprise that I’ve always had a deep connection with the ocean. That’s why, as I was growing older and realized how much our planet is suffering, I was instantly drawn to Sea Shepherd as a way of action.

As soon as I finished…

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Kat Taylor

Kat Taylor

Engine Room Hand / Rigger - Australia

The first time I saw one of Sea Shepherds vessels, I was living in Broome in far north Western Australia. The Steve Irwin arrived for Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, in response to Woodside and BHPs proposed LNG gas hub at James Price Point.

The area is one of pristine waters, inhabited by…

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Kirsty Morgan

Kirsty Morgan

Medical Officer – United Kingdom

I was born in Scotland and grew up in Peterborough, in the east of England. I did my medical training in London before working first in Cornwall, England and since 2011, in New Zealand. I have been working as a doctor for over six years now and enjoy the variety and adrenaline-fuelled work of…

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Leigh Acott

Leigh Acott

Engine Room Hand / Oiler – Australia

I joined Sea Shepherd in early March 2015. Since then I live and work on board the Steve Irwin.

I am currently part of the engine room team with the role of an oiler where I help with projects, work on general maintenance and train for life out at sea.

Before joining the ship I was doing…

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Madeleine Rasmussen

Maddie Rasmussen

Quartermaster – Australia

I’ve always been by the ocean, living all along the coast of Australia. Like most Aussies, I grew up loving and appreciating our beaches, but that doesn’t mean we all look after them.

Before joining Sea Shepherd I was studying a veterinary degree. Whilst studying, I got into conservation and…

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Nicolas Cescato

Nicolas Cescato

Deckhand – France

I got involved in Sea Shepherd in 2014 at Montpellier, a French local chapter. I became a volunteer because I truly believe that the only way to change things is doing things. But if you want to change the world you have to change yourself first. So I quit my job, and left my apartment and my country to be a…

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Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman

Sound Mixer/Camera Operator – United States 

Living along coastlines my entire life has given me an astounding respect for our oceans and ecosystems. Everything in our oceans moves. Currents circulate around the globe, creating weather patterns and climate regions, which in turn affect our lives in the mountains, down the…

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Priya Cooper

Priya Cooper

Chief Cook – Australia

I first heard about the tireless work of Sea Shepherd in protecting and conserving the world’s oceans whilst I was at high school in the coastal town of Byron Bay, Australia.

In mid 2013 I joined the Steve Irwin; excited, unskilled and a little dishevelled. Since then I have been working as a crewmember…

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Quentin Pastor

Quentin Pastor

Engine Room Hand / Oiler – France

My name is Quentin, I am 25 years old and I am from France. I've studied electricity and did a course in rope access before I applied to join Sea Shepherd. After one year, I received a call to ask me to join the crew of the Steve Irwin.

I quickly became the sparky of the ship. It's really…

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Sam Docker

Sam Docker

Deckhand – Australia

I am from Newcastle, a small city on the east coast of Australia. I grew up close to nature, and always loved the beach and local bushland.

Before volunteering with Sea Shepherd I was studying Environmental Science at Newcastle University. I decided to take a break from my studies to volunteer with Sea…

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Tim Watters

Tim Watters

Media & Communications – Australia

Growing up with a fascination for the ocean and all life within it, things changed for me when I first saw images of a whale being harpooned in a far-off sea. The footage showed a soul fighting for its life, moments before death. In 2008, I decided to join that fight for life when I first met…

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Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Engine Room Hand / Rigger – Australia

My name is Tom Hall and I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. I have been volunteering my time through my job as a rigger on the ships since 2012.

Rigging has a long and detailed history with sailing and the ocean, a history that can be forgotten amongst modern age ships and technology. I…

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Tomoko Mottola

Tomoko Mottola

Engineer – Italy

My name is Tomoko and I am from Italy. I joined Sea Shepherd in 2012 and since then I have served on the Sam Simon as translator and engineer.

I was on board the Sam Simon for Operation Icefish and was a part of the team that recovered illegal fishing nets from the Antarctic Ocean and released captured…

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Vincent Imbert

Vince Imbert

Deckhand – France

My name is Vincent. I'm from France and I am a deckhand on the Steve Irwin.

After finishing my studies in 2010 and working in my speciality (managing construction projects), I came to realize it just wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. 

I left home for 18 months to pursue working with nature and…

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Willem Nieuwint

Willem

Engineer - Netherlands

After following Sea Shepherd for a few years, I joined Operation Infinite Patience in Taiji, Japan in 2013 for my first campaign. There I witnessed and documented the dolphin slaughter.

Later that year I joined the crew of the Bob Barker as an engineer on Operation Relentless to stop the illegal…

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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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