Friday, 24 March 2017
By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global
The 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”
Thursday, 09 March 2017
by Captain Alex Cornelissen
The 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
Friday, 03 March 2017
by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
After 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
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
By Captain Paul Watson
What 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
Wednesday, 08 February 2017
By Gary Stokes
Fruit 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.
Read more: Reversing Our Plastic Mistakes
Thursday, 29 December 2016
by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
As 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
Monday, 09 May 2016
Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
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...
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
In 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