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Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”

By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global

An industrial purse seiner fishing for tuna in West Africa. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoThe campaign “Another Perspective on Fish” is a global campaign committed to the emergence in the collective consciousness of the question of sentient aquatic animals (fish, but also cephalopods and crustaceans).

Fish represent 97-98% of the animals killed for their flesh, with capture methods and killing processes that would shock the public and that would certainly be forbidden if they were land animals. Yet, what appears to be ethically outrageous and ecologically criminal on land is largely ignored or accepted at sea.

Read more: Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”

The End of Operation Nemesis

by Captain Alex Cornelissen

The Ocean Warrior docked in Henderson, Western Australia. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerThe arrival of the Ocean Warrior in Henderson, Western Australia marks the end of this year’s anti-whaling campaign against Japanese whale poachers in the Southern Ocean.

Our ships have been at sea for 93 days (Ocean Warrior) and 90 days (the Steve Irwin). During this entire time they searched for the floating slaughterhouse the Nisshin Maru, but we regret to say we were unable to lock onto the stern of the Japanese factory ship.

Read more: The End of Operation Nemesis

When Lightning Strikes Twice – The Story of the First of Three Fishing Vessels Arrested in Liberia

by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Liberian coast guard sailors prepare to board the FV Hispasen 7” photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Karine AignerAfter hours of searching through the fishing trawler, the Liberian Coast Guard Lieutenant asked the Senegalese fishing master a question that he already knew the answer to:

  • Did you transship in Liberian waters?
  • No. Never, never. Never Liberia.
  • So where did you take on the 40 ton of shrimp?
  • Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast.

With the admission of transshipment in the waters of Cote d’Ivoire, a practice strictly banned recorded on tape, the Lieutenant instructed the Portuguese captain to set course for Monrovia for further investigation.

Read more: When Lightning Strikes Twice – The Story of the First of Three Fishing Vessels Arrested in Liberia

Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

By Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson and Kelly SlaterWhat caused Kelly Slater to so radically change his views about sharks?

Or perhaps he did not change his views after all.

In 2014, Kelly was quoted in the Australian media saying in response to Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to kill sharks in Western Australia:

 “I think it’s kind of silly. Humans want to control everything. We try to control (beach) erosion, we try to control sharks … we just try to control everything on this earth and it’s just crazy. We kill 100 million sharks a year or something crazy to make (shark fin) soup. We throw them back finless and dying. It’s like we’ve lost all feeling for other creatures on some level and I think that’s kind of sad. If I got eaten by a shark, I’d be honoured.”

Read more: Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

Reversing Our Plastic Mistakes

By Gary Stokes

Fruit packaged in plastic and foamFruit packaged in plastic and foamThe plastic age is upon us, the effects of mankind’ s obsession with this incredible, indestructible material is now coming back to haunt us. Who ever thought that using the most permanent of materials for disposable single use items was a good idea has doomed humanity, unless we can turn the tide and change our convenient throw away lifestyles.


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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. 

Read more: Spanish Supreme Court Surrenders Southern Ocean to Toothfish Poachers

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.

Read more: The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to...

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.

Read more: Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets

More Articles ...

  1. 11 Mar 2016 - Operation Ice Fish – The Bandit Six Are Finished
  2. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  3. 06 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  4. 28 Jan 2016 - EU fishing policies - Intentional Mismanagement?
  5. 28 Jan 2016 - I Do Not Apologize for Opposing the Slaughter of Seals
  6. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  7. 12 Jan 2016 - Phuket Dolphinarium Direct Links To Taiji
  8. 05 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  9. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  10. 15 Dec 2015 - Steve Irwin Galley Update
  11. 15 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  12. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  13. 12 Oct 2015 - Construction On Sea Shepherd’s Dream Vessel Has Commenced
  14. 05 Sep 2015 - Canadian Seal Hunt and the Danish Pilot Whale Hunt
  15. 01 Sep 2015 - How Blue Whales Can Help Slow Down Climate Change
  16. 29 Aug 2015 - Paying the Ultimate Price For The Planet
  17. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  18. 13 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  19. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  20. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  21. 02 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  22. 04 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  23. 04 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  24. 03 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  25. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  26. 14 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  27. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  28. 01 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  29. 11 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  30. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  31. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  32. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  33. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  34. 19 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  35. 12 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  36. 25 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  37. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  38. 09 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
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