Operation Apex Harmony - Timor Leste

Defending sharks from illegal fishing in East Timor

Operation Apex Harmony -Timor Leste
Working with local authorities to stop the illegal slaughter of sharks in Southeast Asia

Crew on the new M/V Ocean Warrior patrol vessel (awarded to Sea Shepherd by the Dutch Postcode Lottery) are working in partnership with the East Timor National Police (PNTL - Policia Nacionale Timor-Leste) to stop a fleet of 15 industrial fishing ships suspected of targeting sharks in East Timor and possibly the neighboring waters of Indonesia and Australia. Operation Apex Harmony - Timor Leste is one of Sea Shepherd's many campaigns to put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

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A morning raid with East Timor Police catch poaching fleet red-handed

A joint operation conducted at dawn on September 9th with Sea Shepherd's M/V Ocean Warrior and the East Timor National Police (PNTL - Policia Nacionale Timor-Leste) results in the capture of the Hong Long Fisheries / Pingtan Marine Enterprises fleet at anchor off the coast of Com, East Timor. As suspected, the cargo holds were filled with illegally slaughtered sharks. 

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