Operation Sola Stella

Sea Shepherd combats illegal fishing in Liberia, West Africa

Operation Sola Stella
A partnership to combat illegal fishing in Liberia

In February 2017, Sea Shepherd Global launched a campaign in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the West African coastal waters of Liberia. The campaign has been named Operation Sola Stella, which is Latin for ‘Lone Star’, the motto for the Republic of Liberia. 

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Assisting Liberia in the fight against IUU fishing

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing, which accounts for up to 40% of the fish caught in West African waters. The resources of the Liberian Coast Guard to monitor, control and surveil all of Liberia’s sovereign waters are stretched. Sea Shepherd's mission is to assist them in identifying and arresting the unlicensed foreign industrial vessels operating in its waters, and to protect the six nautical miles closest to shore reserved for subsistence, artisanal and semi-artisanal fishing, an industry which employs 33,000 Liberians. 

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Operation Sola Stella III
Sea Shepherd assists Liberian Coast Guard with arrest of cargo vessel for illegal fish trade

January 2, 2019 - Over Christmas, the Liberian Coast Guard, assisted by Sea Shepherd crew, arrested the Chinese-flagged (M/V) Hai Feng 823, a 74-meter refrigerated cargo vessel (or reefer), with a history of illegal fishing, as it attempted to offload a cargo of transshipped fish in the West African port of Monrovia. 

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