Tuesday, 28 March 2017
On March 21st, after receiving intelligence that a refrigerated cargo vessel was suspected of transmitting a fraudulent identity outside the Port of Monrovia, the Liberian Coast Guard assisted by Sea Shepherd crew and Israeli maritime advisors and conservationists boarded the 93-meter Sierra Leone-flagged motor vessel (M/V) Lian Run.
The Automatic Identification System (AIS), a navigational aid which a vessel uses to transmit its identifying information, such as name and radio call sign, was transmitting an IMO number that did not exist in any record. IMO numbers are unique identifiers that remain linked to a vessel throughout its lifetime to improve the safety of life at sea and reduce maritime fraud.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Assists Liberian Coast Guard in Arrest of Cargo Vessel on Suspicion of Identity Fraud...
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Underwater World Singapore (UWS) was owned by Haw Par Corporation. In June 2016, UWS announced its impending closure. Seven Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins (also known as Chinese white dolphins) — Jumbo, Pann, Han, Eaung, Splash, Speedy, Splish — were assumed to be in the facility as there had been no announcements of any of their deaths.
After the announcement, five Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins were sent from Singapore to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (COK) in Zhuhai, China. All five of the dolphins were confirmed to have been received in China.
In the last month, multiple visits to COK by our investigators have recorded only four Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins on display. The dolphins have been identified as adult females Pann (renamed 珠珠) and Eaung (桃桃), as well as Pann's offspring Splash (宝庆) and Splish (宝华). All marketing images by COK now only show four dolphins.
Read more: Where Have the Dolphins Gone?
Monday, 20 March 2017
On March 13th the Nigerian-flagged fishing vessel (F/V) Star Shrimper XXV was boarded in waters belonging to the West African state of Liberia by the Liberian Coast Guard, assisted by Sea Shepherd crew and Israeli maritime advisors and conservationists. The vessel was actively fishing without a Liberian fishing license, the most serious offense under the Liberian Fisheries Regulations, for which the penalty can be a fine up to one million United States dollars (USD 1,000,000).
Read more: ‘Sustainably-Certified’ Shrimp Trawler Arrested by Liberian Coast Guard with Assistance from Sea...
Monday, 06 March 2017
Despite a worldwide ban on the transportation of shark fins by major shipping carriers, a three-month investigation by Sea Shepherd Global -- as part of their global shark defense campaign Operation Apex Harmony -- has verified that large shipments of shark fin are still arriving in Hong Kong on airlines and shipping lines that have made ‘No Shark Fin’ carriage ban commitments.
Sharks are in big trouble around the world, with some populations crashing by more than 90%. Some species, such as the hammerhead shark, are facing a very real threat of extinction.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Investigation Reveals Huge Volume of Shark Fins Evading International Shipping Bans
Friday, 24 February 2017
Ocean Warrior remains in hot pursuit
Dunedin, New Zealand, February 23rd 2017
Today the Steve Irwin returned to Dunedin, New Zealand completing its job defending the whales as part of Sea Shepherd’s 11th Antarctic whale defence campaign, Operation Nemesis.
While the Ocean Warrior remains in hot pursuit of the factory vessel, the Steve Irwin captain Wyanda Lublink and her crew, can hold their heads high for a job very well done.
Read more: Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin vessel completes patrol of Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Sola Stella with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense: New campaign to eradicate illegal fishing kicks off with the arrest of three poaching vessels
For the past three weeks, Sea Shepherd has been secretly patrolling the waters of the Republic of Liberia in West Africa in a covert operation to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Working in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense under the coordination of the Honorable Minister Brownie Samukai, the MY Bob Barkeris patrolling Liberia’s coastline with 20 crew under the command of Captain Fraser Hall, ten Liberian Coast Guard sailors with the authority to board, inspect and arrest ships violating Liberian law, and two Israeli maritime advisors and conservationists providing training assistance.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Sola Stella with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
by Captain Alex Cornelissen, from Sea Shepherd Global Headquarters in Amsterdam
After 75 days at sea our ships are still in the waters around Antarctica chasing the Japanese whaling fleet.
This is the first year that Sea Shepherd has returned to protect the whales from the Japanese poachers since their new and revised “research” program was started in the 2015/2016 season, when they killed 333 minke whales, more than half of them pregnant females. The Japanese government seems unconcerned by the opinion of the rest of the world and despite tough words from the international community, nothing has been done to put a stop to this “research whaling” charade.
Read more: Nemesis Update: Day 75
Wednesday, 08 February 2017
February 07, 2017
The annual Goed Geld Gala of the Dutch Postcode Lottery was held Monday in the Royal Theater Carré in Amsterdam. Drs. Geert Vons, General Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands and Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Officer, both attended the Gala. Imme Rog, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, presented them both with a check for 900,000 Euros.
This year marks the tenth year in which Sea Shepherd has been awarded support from the National Postcode Lottery. To date, we have received 15.6 million Euros, funds that greatly benefit Sea Shepherd’s global campaigns.
Read more: Dutch Postcode Lottery Supports Sea Shepherd with €900,000