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Spanish Supreme Court Surrenders Southern Ocean to Toothfish Poachers

by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Peter Interpol NoticeAs the three toothfish-poaching vessels belonging to Spain’s Vidal Armadores crime syndicate continue to sit in detention in Cabo Verde and Senegal, the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that the owners -- who were charged with falsification of documents, money laundering, environmental crimes and criminal conspiracy -- cannot be prosecuted due to lack of jurisdiction. From the criminal case, the toothfish kingpins walk free.

In 2015 Sea Shepherd vessels chased the notorious F/V Thunder for 110 days and confiscated 72 kilometers of prohibited gillnet as part of Operation Icefish. Vidal vessels were intercepted and shut down at sea, and subsequently tracked down and detained by law enforcement in West African ports. 

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The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife

Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt inspects fishing trawler seized in Monrovia, Liberia during 2013.
  Photo: Sea Shepherd As we headed north up the west coast of Africa, we ticked off countries one-by-one. Like the check- list of vessels that we set out to pursue on Operation Icefish, we crossed out countries as we speculated endlessly as to where the F/V Thunder would make port call. South Africa seemed unlikely. Germany and South Africa were in the middle of war games and several frigates were steaming off the Cape of Good Hope. Namibia... maybe? We knew the owner of the F/V Thunder to be Spanish and there were plenty of Spanish fishing interests operating out of Walvis Bay.

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Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Just one of the Blue sharks, entangled and killed in the driftnet of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet. Photo: Tim WattersIn the years between 1987 and 1992, Sea Shepherd launched a number of campaigns to oppose and shut down high seas drift netting.

I took three ships into these confrontations, the DIVINE WIND, the SEA SHEPHERD II and the EDWARD ABBEY.

They were campaigns of intense confrontations. We rammed drift netters and confiscated and destroyed their nets, and with every campaign we focused more and more attention on this incredibly destructive industry.

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Operation Ice Fish – The Bandit Six Are Finished

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

The most notorious of the poaching vessels, Thunder, sinks after being scuttled by its own captain and officers. Photo: Simon AgerThe campaign was swift and the results are awesome.

The Bandit Six, the outlaw fleet of Southern Ocean high seas poachers have all been shut down. And Sea Shepherd did it.

Fifteen months ago Sea Shepherd initiated the most effective marine anti-poaching campaign in history and it was successful because Sea Shepherd not only initiated it, Sea Shepherd pursued it and did not give up until the entire criminal operation was shut down.

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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 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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Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Jon Burgwald wearing the seal fur coatIf Greenpeace supports sealing, would Greenpeace also support African Bushmeat?

What will Greenpeace do about their seal fur promoter Jon Burgwald?

So far Greenpeace has not responded to my request that they terminate Jon Burgwald as Arctic Campaign Director.

As a co-founder of Greenpeace and the person who initiated and led the first Greenpeace campaigns to defend seals on the East Coast of Canada I never thought I would see the day when a paid Greenpeace director would accept a gift of a seal fur vest, would wear a seal skin coat and would promote commercial sealing and the use of seal fur in the fashion industry (interview with Jon Burgwald).

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EU fishing policies - Intentional Mismanagement?

By: Lukas Erichsen, Chairman, Sea Shepherd Scandinavia &
      Regitze C. Hansen, M.Sc. Animal Science

The EU's fishing fleet numbers 88,000 – the second largest in the world – and can fish freely across the European Union. (Courtesy CC BY-SA 3.0)The new European fishing quotas for 2016 have been determined (1), and have been raised compared to last year’s quotas, as proposed by the executive European Commission in its reformed Common Fisheries Policy of 2014. These policies were intended to end decades of overfishing, as well as help fish populations recover, but quotas were instead raised by politicians who are intent on protecting the revenue of the fishing industry in the short term, whilst ignoring long term ecological and economic consequences.

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I Do Not Apologize for Opposing the Slaughter of Seals

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson rescuing a seal from Norwegian sealers in March 1976 off the coast of LabradorIn 1975 along with David Garrick I initiated and led the first two Greenpeace campaigns to oppose the horrific massacre of baby seals on the East Coast of Canada.

In 1975 David Garrick and I communicated with Native American and Inuit leaders about our intentions in opposing the commercial seal slaughter. Native American leaders had no problem with this campaign then because there was not a single Inuit or any Native American person involved with the commercial slaughter of seals.

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More Articles ...

  1. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  2. 12 Jan 2016 - Phuket Dolphinarium Direct Links To Taiji
  3. 05 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  4. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  5. 15 Dec 2015 - Steve Irwin Galley Update
  6. 15 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  7. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  8. 12 Oct 2015 - Construction On Sea Shepherd’s Dream Vessel Has Commenced
  9. 05 Sep 2015 - Canadian Seal Hunt and the Danish Pilot Whale Hunt
  10. 01 Sep 2015 - How Blue Whales Can Help Slow Down Climate Change
  11. 29 Aug 2015 - Paying the Ultimate Price For The Planet
  12. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  13. 13 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  14. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  15. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  16. 02 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  17. 04 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  18. 04 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  19. 03 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  20. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  21. 14 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  22. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  23. 01 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  24. 11 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  25. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  26. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  27. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  28. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  29. 19 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  30. 12 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  31. 25 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  32. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  33. 09 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
 
 
 
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