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14 January 2013
EARTH CRISIS Australian Tour 2013

Hardcore legends EARTH CRISIS kick off their much anticipated Australian tour in 2 weeks, and Sea Shepherd Australia couldnt be happier to join them.

EARTH CRISIS empowers those searching for a straight path amidst a world of chaos. Two decades on EARTH CRISIS continue to spread their message of human and animal liberation, drug free living whilst releasing classic album after classic album.

Returning to our shores for the first time in over 2 years and in support of their latest album ' Neutralize The Threat' don't miss your chance to see these legends destroy Australian stages.

Sea Shepherd will be joining Earth Crisis on their Australian tour while all 4 ships are battling it out with the Japanese whalers to save over 1000 whales from slaughter in the Antarctic Ocean. Drop by and meet the onshore crew who will be each show around the country to raise funds and awareness for 'Operation Zero Tolerance', because ultimately "If the oceans Die - We Die" ~ Captain Paul Watson.

EARTH CRISIS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY - BRISBANE, THE HI FI– 18+

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY –SYDNEY, HERMANNS BAR, SYDNEY UNI– 18+ (NEW VENUE)

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY, MELBOURNE, THE CORNER HOTEL– 18+

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY. ADELAIDE, FOWLERS LIVE- LIC/AA

For more information head to the following:

www.facebook.com/earthcrisisofficial

www.facebook.com/events/534503549898662

 


8 January 2013 - SSCS Australia To Lead Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign
Founder and President Captain Paul Watson Steps Down From SSCS U.S. and Australia


At a press conference alongside the SSS Sam Simon at 10:00 am AEDT today in Hobart, the Australian Chapter of the global marine conservation non-profit, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, announced it will direct the organization's ninth Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance. Sea Shepherd founder and President, Captain Paul Watson, has stepped down from Sea Shepherd U.S. and Sea Shepherd Australia. The SSS Steve Irwin, typically captained by Captain Watson, will be manned by Captain Siddharth Chakravarty for the extent of the campaign. Captain Watson will remain aboard to document the campaign. Long-time colleague and advisor of Captain Watson, current board member Marnie Gaede will assume the role of President of Sea Shepherd U.S. while former Greens Party leader and former Australian Senator Bob Brown has joined the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Australia and will direct Operation Zero Tolerance along with Director of Sea Shepherd Australia, Jeff Hansen. These changes are being adopted in order for Sea Shepherd to continue its vital mission of defending at-risk whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Read more on the website: 
www.seashepherd.org/sea-shepherd-australia-to-lead-antarctic-whale-defense-campaign

Photo: Sea Shepherd
Fomer Senator Bob Brown with Director of Sea Shepherd Australia Jeff Hansen


Sea Shepherd Australia Welcomes Former Greens Leader Bob Brown to its Board of Directors - Jan 2013

"Sea Shepherd Australia is growing and becoming more active each year. Access to increased resources makes this possible. We have always maintained that we do what we can, to the best of our abilities, with the resources available to us.

We have also always believed that we need a Board that reflects diversity of talent, skills, experience, and imagination.

Sea Shepherd Australia could think of no greater asset to Sea Shepherd's team than former Greens Leader Bob Brown.

We are sincerely proud to welcome Bob Brown to the Sea Shepherd Australia Board of Directors."

— Jeff Hansen, Director, Sea Shepherd Australia

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Read more here: www.seashepherd.org/sea-shepherd-australia-welcomes-former-greens-leader-bob-brown

Photo: Sea Shepherd
Bob Brown with the SSS Steve Irwin


Sea Shepherd join Parkway Drive on National Tour


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Sea Shepherd were so wrapped to recently join Australian Hardcore Legends Parkway Drive on their highly anticipated 'Atlas' Australian Tour!!

While the ships are battling it out with the Japanese whalers to save over 1000 whales from slaughter in the Antarctic Ocean, the onshore crew attended each show around the country to raise vital funds and awareness for 'Operation Zero Tolerance'.

For more info check out these sites:

www.facebook.com/parkwaydrive

www.facebook.com/events/196525580477417/

www.twitter.com/parkwayofficial

www.myspace.com/parkwaydrive

www.youtube.com/user/parkwaydriveofficial
 

October 16, 2012

Sam Simon Wish List

Updated October 2012

Our Crew on the M/Y Sam Simon needs your help, and we welcome donations from the items listed below.  PLEASE CLEARLY MARK ALL DONATIONS AS “SAM SIMON” so they aren’t confused with Steve Irwin donations.  Thank you!

Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Sam Simon by the Steve Irwin and should be delivered to:

M/Y Sam Simon
Workshop Pier
C/- Seaworks
82 Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016
Australia

All food donations in Melbourne can be delivered to 7/288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065.

For questions regarding supplies, please send an email to managerSS@seashepherd.org.


GENERAL SHIP SUPPLIES

Flares
Smoke canisters
Deck knives
Ropes, safety harnesses, carabiners, webbing
Welding equipment
Mooring lines
Manila rope, 20mm x 50m
Buoys, small and medium
Cargo nets
Gumboots
Steel cap boots
Lashing cord
Industrial quality flashlights
Sail-making needles – heavy duty
Whipping thread – thin and thick
Smoke canisters
Hypalon glue
Non-leather work gloves
Fire extinguishers – small
Small boat drogue/sea anchor
Hypothermia bags
Hard hats
Wood working tools
Ear defenders - high quality
Eye protectors – high quality
High visibility vests

DIVE EQUIPMENT

Dry suits, liners, large and small booties, compasses, and watches
Buoyancy compensators, regulators, fins, snorkels, wetsuits, knives, dry gloves Diving computers, quality masks, knives, torches, regulators
Dive lights, dry bags

GALLEY SUPPLIES AND FOOD

Vegan food items only.  Please donate foods that do not contain meat, diary, eggs, honey or whey.

Fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs
Olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil
Tofu (firm, silken) and tempeh
TVP (textured vegetable protein) and vegan faux meat products
Wheat gluten/Seitan
Canned legumes, canned tomatoes, pasta sauces
Vegan cheese, cream cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt, cream, and sour cream
Raw nuts and seeds
Dried legumes (lentils especially)
Cornflakes, other vegan cereals
Lasagna sheets, noodles, pasta, brown rice, Arborio rice
Taco shells and mountain bread/burrito wraps
White, wholemeal, rye, gluten-free flour
Maple syrup, agave syrup
Olives, sundried tomatoes
Non-dairy milk (almond, oat, coconut, soy…)
Vegan chocolate and biscuits
Nuttelex, vegan spreads
Vegemite
Tahini, peanut butter, nut butters, jam
Crackers, snacks, corn thins
Braggs, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar
Juices, sodas
Eco-friendly cleaning supplies

SHIP APPLIANCES

Vitamix or Magimax industrial blender
Industrial vacuum cleaner
Industrial toaster
Industrial juicer
Television 50”+ with USB
Wet/dry shop vacuum

COMMUNICATIONS/IT SUPPLIES

Gift vouchers for electronics and computer stores (e.g. Jaycar, Radio Parts Group, Dick Smith Electronics, Harvey Normans)
Recent, reasonably powerful lap top computers
Hard drives filled with movies, television shows, music
Hand held EPIRB (Emergency Signal Beacons)
Small SART (Search and Rescue Transponder)
Satellite phone with waterproof case
Waterproof handheld VHF radios with GPS (preferably with scramblers)
Waterproof handheld UHF radios (preferably with scramblers)
Waterproof handheld GPS

 

October 1, 2012
Fear and Loathing of Sharks in Western Australia
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

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Captain Paul Watson Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Photo: Billy Danger/Sea Shepherd

I was a surfer in the sixties and seventies and I don't recall a single moment that I ever felt afraid of sharks — the beautiful and unique creatures that Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett is now condemning. I don't think Barnett was ever a surfer.

Real surfers not only love the ocean, they also understand it. They understand the complex inter-relationships between species, and if they love and understand the ocean they also love and understand sharks.

No, I simply cannot see Barnett astride a surfboard.

He was most likely one of those poor timid souls who sat on the beach, traumatized by having seen the Spielberg travesty called Jaws.

This week, this same premier of Western Australia issued a shark-hating Fatah, calling for their total annihilation.

This was simply an opportunistic knee-jerk reaction to media histrionics over the deaths of five surfers this year.

Yes it is a tragedy that these five surfers died, and it is sadly true that shark attacks have increased, although relatively by very little, but instead of responding with a hysterical nonsensical pogrom on sharks, maybe the Premier should have taken a serious look at why there has been a slight increase in shark attacks and taken measures to solve the problem without causing blanket damage to bio-diversity in our oceans.

Barnett holds a degree in economics and majored in statistics so he should certainly understand that statistically shark attacks and fatalities are not that frequent and make these animals less dangerous to the public than ostriches, dogs, chimpanzees, elephants, mosquitoes, bees, ants, wasps, deer, horses, cows, and jellyfish.

Statistically the chances of dying in an automobile accident are astronomically greater than being killed by a shark, and there is a far greater possibility of being struck by lightning while playing golf than of being attacked by a shark at the beach.

When it comes to dangerous sports, surfing has far fewer risk factors than golfing, mountain climbing, hiking, hang-gliding, horseback riding, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, boxing or skate-boarding.

For full story go to our main site:
www.seashepherd.org/fear-and-loathing-of-sharks-in-western-australia

Australian media enquiries please contact Australian Director Jeff Hansen - jeff@seashepherd.org


September 26, 2012
First Annual Australian Cordinator Conference

The first annual coordinator conference was held over the weekend and was hugely productive. It was an amazing opportunity for everyone to meet each other and share ideas. Everyone left feeling postive and excited for the future of Sea Shepherd Australia and agreed that it is a definite must for next year.  

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Photo thanks to Fair Projects


September 11, 2012
Preparation Time for Operation Zero Tolerance

The M/Y Steve Irwin arrived back into Williamstown last week and is now getting prepared for Operation Zero Tolerance departing for Antarctica in December.

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We have recruited the best crew we can assemble. Our only challenge now is to raise the funds to pay for fuel, repairs, equipment, and provisions.

We rely hugely on the kindness of donations to run our campaigns, which we truly appreciate. Here is the current wish list for the Steve Irwin:
http://www.seashepherd.org/support-us/steve-irwin-wish-list.html

Free tours of the Steve Irwin will start again this Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th September 10 am – 4:30 pm at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown (Enter via Ann Street).

By the end of November the Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot will also be docked in Williamstown. You can find their wish lists here:
http://www.seashepherd.org/support-us/wishlist-in-kind.html

 

 


 

Bob Brown in Broome to begin Operation Kimberley Miinimbi

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Former Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd Australia Director, Jeff Hansen and Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke gathered with people from the local community, including members of the Goolarabooloo family, to welcome the Steve Irwin as it makes its way into the port of Broome.

Mr Brown is in Broome to head up the Sea Shepherd’s operation, Kimberley Miinimbi, at the invitation of the Goolarabooloo people, to highlight the significance of the James Price Point marine environment as a habitat and feeding ground for humpback whales, dolphins and turtles.

Mr Brown said today, “We need to protect the world's biggest humpback whale nursery. You would not put a gas processing plant in a human nursery, so why would you do it to our whales?

“I am certain that when the people of Australia see these images on their televisions, they will want to do everything they can to ensure that the gas factory does not go ahead,” concluded Mr Brown

A gas processing plant onshore at James Prices Point would severely disrupt this rich diversity of marine life with the industrial infrastructure required for the port. Extensive dredging to create a port and shipping channel for LNG tanker traffic would create a marine ‘dead zone’ at James Price Point, and the development would increase the risk of whale mortality by ship strikes with all the ship movements in and out of the gas factory.

Jeff Hansen, Director of the Sea Shepherd Australia said today, “The Sea Shepherd has a proud history of protecting whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. We’re eager to support the campaign against the gas processing plant at James Price Point as an important part of the whale habitat that stretches right along this part of the Dampier Peninsula.”

“While visiting the community science whale survey just south of James Price Point, yesterday, I learnt that in just 4 hours a day, this survey has sighted over 1000 whales, including 80 mother and calf pairs over the six week survey to date. On our visit, we see saw several whales playing off the coast,” concluded Mr Hansen.

Bob Brown, Jeff Hansen and Melissa Parke later met with senior Jabbir Jabbir people at Waardi Ltd to listen to the views of some of the Traditional Owners who voted 'yes' to the gas proposal.

Bob Brown said the Kimberley's Traditional Owners should benefit from the gas wherever it was brought ashore, not just if the precinct was built at James Price Point.

Ms Parke said the argument that the $40 billion project, with all its environmental impacts, is justified on the grounds that it will bring major economic benefits for Aboriginal people is flawed because "hospitals and schools are a right for all Australians".

The Sea Shepherd will conduct daily whale watching surveys at James Price Point, with a number of guests joining the crew each day, including whale conservationists Annabelle Sandes and Richard Costin.

Richard Costin and Annabelle Sandes are Broome-based naturalists and photographers who have spent the past six years on the Kimberley coast studying the Breeding Stock D population of Humpback Whales, the largest Humpback Whale population in the world. Please visit their website for photos.

The above photos courtesy Bronte Turner for the Bob Brown Foundation.


July 17, 2012

Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd Launch Operation Kimberley Miinimbi

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown in front of the Sea Shepherd flagship, Steve Irwin. Photo: Fair ProjectsOperation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown in front of the Sea Shepherd flagship, Steve Irwin. Photo: Fair ProjectsIn wake of the Gas Hub 'go ahead', Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd today launched Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, at a press conference alongside the Steve Irwin in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia.

The controversial Kimberley gas hub has been given conditional go-ahead from Western Australia's environmental watchdog, the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority), even though the EPA’s decision-making process has come under scrutiny after it revealed that four of the five board members stood aside due to conflicts of interest. EPA chairman Dr Vogel, the one remaining board member who made yesterday's decision, even admitted that turbidity from dredging, oil spills, industrial discharges, noise, light and vessel strikes could adversely affect whales, dolphins, turtles, dugong and fish. Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett is pushing ahead with gas factories at James Price Point, just north of Broome, on one of the world’s most unspoiled coastlines, even though whale deaths are inevitable.

Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd’s Australian Director stated, “Australia was once a whaling nation, however nowadays Australians are amongst the most passionate defenders of whales in the world. Sea Shepherd receives overwhelming support in Australia. We simply could not do what we do, defending the Australian Antarctic whale sanctuary, without the support of the Australian public.“

“However, the very same humpback whales that are being targeted by the Japanese whalers this summer in the Southern Ocean face a new threat in their calving grounds - Woodside's proposed gas hub in a place called James Price Point, just north of Broome, stated Mr. Hansen.”

This area is the biggest humpback nursery in the world. So much so, that since 1 July this year, i.e. just 17 days, 259 whales have already been recorded by scientific survey just a few kilometers south of James Price Point and 23 calf and cow (mother and baby) pairs have been sighted already, with over 70% found within 5 kilometers of the coast.

Earlier today at a press conference with Sea Shepherd, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said "As new national polling shows the majority of Australians do not want a gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley, I welcome Sea Shepherd joining this campaign and look forward to the Steve Irwin's arrival in the Kimberley."

So there you have it, the Goolarabooloo people, the majority of the people of Broome and now Australia wide, and certainly the whales, do not want this gas hub.

Bob Brown said today at the campaign launch, “There are alternative sites for Woodside's factory, but not for the whale nursery there - or the living Indigenous culture, including the songline-linked dinosaur tracks, 130 million years old, on the shoreline of James Price Point.

Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (center) with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair ProjectsSea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (center) with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair Projects“There are other, better options for where this major gas development could go. We know that a number of Woodside’s partners would also prefer it go elsewhere. In my talks with Shell, it, for one, is happy to move the project. I have written to the Woodside Board, and will ask them to consider alternative sites,” Bob Brown concluded.

Sea Shepherd recently received a letter from Joseph Roe, Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter, Senior Law Bosses of the Goolarabooloo people, whose country the proposed gas hub would be built upon. An extract of this letter, inviting Sea Shepherd to visit the Kimberley and support the campaign, is included here below:

"The Goolarabooloo People along with our friends from around the world are fighting to save this Country from destruction. Our Sea Country here is the home of the Humpback whale. We have seen the work you have done to protect the whales in the Southern Ocean. We would appreciate any support you can give us to protect the Humpback in our Sea Country from the proposal to build an industrial port at James Price Point for LNG export." -- Senior Law Bosses, Joseph Roe, Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter.

Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson, still under house arrest in Germany, responded with his letter below, stating "Thank you for your invitation that we accept in the spirit of eternal friendship with a promise to stand in unity with the Goolarabooloo to defend the beauty and sacredness of this wondrous environment."

To pay our respect to the Goolarabooloo Traditional Owners, we are naming our visit, Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, the Goolarabooloo name for humpback whale.

Taking the lead on this campaign, Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, is campaign leader Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd advisory board member and former leader of the Australian Greens Party.

The Steve Irwin will depart Seaworks, Williamstown this Saturday to arrive in Broome on Saturday, 4 August, where a number of local and international media, VIPs, musicians and business people will board for a voyage to James Price Point, as a vigil to draw attention to the prolific calving that goes on at the proposed site region.

Sea Shepherd is also inviting federal Minister for the Environment Hon Tony Burke and Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt, to come and see the whales, and the extraordinary Kimberley marine environment for themselves. This is the real legacy for our children that must be protected for the benefit of all and to protect the law, culture and song cycle of the Goolarabooloo people.

pdf_sm_whClick here to read the letter to the Goolarabooloo from Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd (PDF)

pdf_sm_whClick here to read the letter to Sea Shepherd from the Goolarabooloo in Western Australia (PDF)

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown aboard the Steve Irwin with Sea Shepherd crew and media. Photo: Fair ProjectsOperation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown aboard the Steve Irwin with Sea Shepherd crew and media. Photo: Fair Projects Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (left) with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair ProjectsSea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (left) with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair Projects

Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen and former Greens
Senator Bob Brown share their thoughts on Operation
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Sea Shepherd sends a big thank you to the following!

Sea Shepherd Australia would like to thank some amazing companies for their recent donations to our vessels while they are in port in Melbourne and Sydney.

A hearty thank you to David & Belinda Reid from Reid Cycles of North Melbourne!!
They donated two practical, yet very groovy, bicycles for the Steve Irwin crew to get about whilst in dock.

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A massive thank you to Laura and the team at Cigweld for the donation of a much needed welding machine to the Steve Irwin last week. A big thank you to the team at Migomag Welding Supplies for the much needed welding machine donated to the M/Y Steve Irwin. We would also like to thank Teresa Newman and the students from Sorell Primary School for orgainising some vegan foods items for the M/Y Bob Barker. The amazing teams at the Lord of the Fries cafes in Melbourne for feeding our hardworking crew and volunteers and their constant support each year. Val Hoyle and the team at Kessler Couplings and Engineering supplies for their contribution to the M/Y Bob Barker. We would like to thank all our supporters who have generously contributed supplies and equipment to help our cause. If you would like to donate but are unsure what we need please visit our wishlists. Thank you for your ongoing and valued support to our mission and please don't forget there are free tours of the M/Y Steve Irwin in Williamstown Melbourne every weekend. The vessel can be found behind "Seaworks" at Workshop Pier, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown.

Sydney gives the Bob Barker and Brigitte Bardot a hero's welcome


helipad01 On World Ocean's Day, June 8, the M/Y Brigitte Bardot and M/Y Bob Barker sailed into Sydney Harbor, receiving a hero's welcome. The two vessels are triumphant after the hugely successful Operation Divine Wind Campaign in the Southern Ocean, where Sea Shepherd ships prevented the illegal slaughter of 768 whales from the Japanese whaling fleet. Thousands of visitors have turned out to see the beautiful Brigitte Bardot on her maiden visit to Sydney, and the return of the formidable Bob Barker. Both vessels were berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay during the spectacular Vivid Sydney Festival. Dramatically situated across from the iconic Sydney Opera House, with the Harbor Bridge as a background. Ocean conservation had the center stage on World Ocean's Day weekend.

The Bardot is provisioning and preparing for an upcoming South Pacific shark protection campaign, while the Barker will remain in Sydney at White Bay, Balmain in preparation for a return to the Southern Ocean in December. Should the Japanese whaling fleet attempt to illegally slaughter over 1000 whales this Antarctic summer in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd will be there to stop them.

“We are deeply grateful to Sydney Ports for welcoming our vessels and providing a fire tug for the Bardot's arrival”, said Andrea Gordon, manager of the Sea Shepherd ship, MY Bob Barker. “A heartfelt thank you goes to the Honourable Marie Ficarra MP, MLC. A Sydney SSCS visit would not have been possible without her involvement,” Gordon said. “We are so grateful for the support of our local Sydney chapter led by Jools Farrell and the people and businesses of Sydney who continue to provide ever-growing support to Sea Shepherd and the protection of the oceans.”

The crew are still in need of vegan food donations so they can continue our mission to conserve, defend and protect marine ecosystems worldwide. For information on what the particular items the vessels need please have a look at the wishlists and contact the Sydney coordinator Jools to arrange delivery.Photo credit to Peter Murphy - Sydney

Sydney Solar Electricity and Arrid Australia unite For The Oceans

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Sea Shepherd was approached by Chris Pond from Sydney Solar Electricity with a generous offer of free solar electricity for our fast scout vessel, the MV Brigitte Bardot. The solution Chis proposed in conjunction with Arrid Australia would cut down on generator usage, which not only means less money on fuel it also lessons the carbon footprint of Sea Shepherd. Chris Pond from Sydney Solar Electricity stated "It was a pleasure to do the work for Sea Shepherd. I have now completed the work on Brigette Bardot and its a great feeling knowing our efforts will assist sea Shepherd in their global marine conservation campaigns" Sea Shepherd would like to send out a very heatfelt thank you to all the staff and representatives of Sydney Solar Electricity and Arrid Australia. Sea Shepherd look forward to working together with the two companies for the oceans and for the benefit of future generations. photo courtesy of Glenn Lockitch.

Lush helps Sea Shepherd fight illegal whaling

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Captain Paul Watson and Cameron Hollows launching Lush's Divine Whale Soap

On the 30 November 2011, Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson, Cameron Hollows from The Hollows Foundation and Mark Lincoln The Managing Director of Lush launched Lush’s new Divine Whale soap in Sydney, a limited-edition product to help raise funds for Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling mission in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.

The launch follows 12 months of developing the concept in conjunction with Lush Cosmetics says Sea Shepherd's Development Director of Australia - Aaron Barnes and comes days before the Sea Shepherd’s vessels, Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot, embarks on their journey to the remote waters of Antarctica for its 8th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign - Operation Divine Wind - with a stronger anti-whaling fleet than ever before.

Sea Shepherd Australian Director, Jeff Hansen, says, “During its past seven campaigns, Sea Shepherd has saved the lives of over 2,781 whales and has exposed illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to the entire world. Last season, 863 Whales were saved from the brutal harpoons of the whaling fleet.

“During the 1900s, the majority of soap was made from whale blubber, making the launch of Lush’s Divine Whale soap even more significant. Lush’s strict no animal testing policy and its dedication to creating ethical, sustainable cosmetics makes us proud to stand alongside them.”

Divine Whale soap ($4.95) is fragranced with uplifting essential oils of sweet orange and tangerine. It will be available in Lush stores in Australia and New Zealand from December 1, 2011, with all profits donated to Sea Shepherd’s Operation Divine Wind campaign. You can also buy the soap at Lush's online store.

 

Galapagos Filming Project

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Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Galapagos Director, with Australian Director Jeff Hansen
out the front of the Isabella police dog K9 kennels, funded by Sea Shepherd Fremantle.

Since 2000, Sea Shepherd has maintained a strong, positive presence in the Galapagos Islands. From helping the local authorities in patrolling the Marine Reserve in a bid to stop illegal fishing activities, to busting shark finners, to educating the local youth, Sea Shepherd carries out its mission of promoting ocean conservation using a wide range of methods and actions.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of an anonymous donor in Melbourne and MODOM Surf, Sea Shepherd Australia sent Australian Director, Jeff Hansen and volunteer videographer Tim Watters of Fair Projects to the Galapagos Islands in order to put together a documentary on the work Sea Shepherd is doing there.

"Sea Shepherd is most well know for its whale defence campaigns in the Souther Ocean, however I hope that this documentary can bring to light another ongoing campaign that Sea Shepherd is involved in. I am very proud to be a part of this project, to showcase the amazing work sea shepherd is doing in the Galapagos to its supporters, donors and volunteers across the globe. - Tim Watters "The work this small Sea Shepherd team of Malena, Hugo and Marcel under the direction of Captain Alex Cornelissen, is doing in the Galapagos gives the organisation amazing credibility that must be showcased to the world. I have seen meetings conducted at the Sea Shepherd office with police and National Park representatives present, all working in unison for the preservation and protection of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. There are even police walking around with donated hand held radios with the words Sea Shepherd, clearly displayed." - Jeff Hansen

"You can not really get a full appreciation for the work Sea Shepherd is doing in the Galapagos until you are here and I am sure this documentary will enable a greater understanding of the various areas such as the Police Dogs, Environmental Law, the AIS Project and shark education program." "The work being conducted in the Galapagos is a real feather in Sea Shepherds cap and an amazing example of what can be possible when government and non government organisations are willing to work together." The Galapagos is our line in the sand. If humanity cannot protect such a unique and diverse ecosystem, we will not be able to protect any ecosystem. The Galapagos is a challenge and battlefield for the effort to halt human greed and destruction. These Enchanted Isles are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this means all of us have a responsibility to help protect them from illegal exploitation. The documentary should be completed by late November, just in time for Captain Paul Watson's tour of Australia in preparation for Sea Shepherds eighth Antarctic whale defence campaign titled, operation Divine Wind.

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(2) Pedro P. Andrade School - San Cristóbal Island - Malena García project coordinator

(3) Student from Pedro P. Andrade School - San Cristóbal Island – Learning about the interdependence of marine life in ecosystems

(4) Kennel of the K9 unit in Santa Cruz Island

(5) K9 Unit - Isabela Island - Cbos. Carlos Munoz - Environmental Police Guide

(6) John Roquillo - VMS System Operator, Ricardo Visaira - Responsable of Monitoring - Galapagos Marine Reserve, Marcel Wensveen - AIS Manager


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Marine Sanctuaries update for the South West of Australia

Thanks to all your submissions, a record 42,000 people lodged a pro-sanctuary submission during the public consultation phase calling for large marine sanctuaries in Australia¹s South West. This is the highest number of submissions ever sent to a government process on a conservation issue in Australia, congratulations to all that submitted.

Regional communities including recreational fishing interests, local businesses and councils made formal submissions to the federal government calling for large marine sanctuaries off their coastline. Communities in Fremantle and Margaret River banded together to fund local newspaper ads calling for more protection.

221 senior scientists from Australia and overseas, including world leading fisheries and marine scientists, condemned the Government¹s proposed sanctuaries as unrepresentative and inadequate to protect marine life and fish stocks.

Former Australians of the Year Ian Kiernan, Prof Tim Flannery, Dr Fiona Wood and Dick Smith wrote to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Environment Minister Tony Burke to raise their concerns about the Government's proposed plan for the South West.

11 prominent Australians including businesswoman Janet Holmes à Court, NBL star Luc Longley, author Ben Elton, business people Jock Clough, Liz Davenport and John Poynton, celebrity chefs Anna Gare and Ian Parmenter, musician John Butler and author Tim Winton, joined together to publish full page advertisements in both The Australian and The West Australian to express their support for government action on sanctuaries.

Leading market research company Patterson Market Research released research showing that over 90% of Western Australians rate the Government acting to protect WA¹s marine as important and 71% of people approved of up to 30% of Federal waters being protected in sanctuaries. Just 1% believe that no sanctuaries should be created.

All the team at Save Our Marine Life should be congratulated for all their amazing efforts over the years to get this campaign to where it is today. It was a privilege for Sea Shepherd to be a part of this campaign in a bid to create marine sanctuaries for the south west in the battle to save our oceans.

Tony Burke has asked Australia to voice their opinion on Marine Sanctuaries, which resulted in the highest number of submissions on a conservation issue in Australian history.

Its up to you now Mr Burke, to give Australia's marine life the support, respect and protection it deserves for the benefit of future generations.

Profile: North Qld On-Shore Volunteer Coordinator Helen Robertson

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Meet our fabulous new North Queensland Volunteer Coordinator. Helen is based in Cairns, and doing an incredible job. We are so excited to have new chapters popping up all over Australia!

"Originally from the UK, I've been in Australia for around 16 years, living in Cairns for the last 7 years. I work as a nurse but my passion lies with the ocean, so I work many extra shifts to fund my yearly whale adventures.

I first became a member of Sea Shepherd in 2006 when a friend told me about the organisation and what they were doing to help save the whales. I had just been on my first ever Minke Whale expedition, which runs here in North Queensland for 6 weeks every June and July, where you can swim with the beautiful and very curious Dwarf Minke Whales.

Being in the water and interacting with these amazing little whales is a life changing experience and by becoming part of Sea Shepherd I felt I was giving something back to the whales. Following this encounter I then went to Vava'u, Tonga in the South Pacific and swam with the Humpback Whales and Whale Sharks there, another incredible experience.

When Paul Watson talks about looking into the eye of a whale and how it changes you, that’s exactly what happened to me. In 2010 I went to a Byron Bay fundraiser and met with Paul Watson. He is very inspirational and I thought there must be more that I can do to help Sea Shepherd.

With my colleague Phil, and my friend Minke Whale researcher Matt, we decided to start the north Queensland chapter of Sea Shepherd. We have had a very positive response from the people up here who attend our market stalls and we really enjoy being on shore volunteers for Sea Shepherd."


Sea Shepherd Australia Enlists Cetacean Vet Dr Verné Dove

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Verné Dove as a volunteer Cetacean Vet Field Agent.

Dr Dove has a Masters in Conservation Medicine, a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Animal Science (Marine Mammal Behaviour and Pathology). In 2011, Dr Dove will complete her second Master’s degree, in Veterinary Disease Surveillance, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in Dolphin Health Assessment. Dr Dove has also been appointed as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, has a Diploma in Conservation and has completed a course in Marine Mammal Veterinary Medicine (MARVET) in the United States.

Dr Dove was recently in Cambodia researching and investigating the high infant mortality rate of dolphins, with early indications appearing a link to pollution of their environment from pesticides and fertilisers used by farmers.

This is another reason why Sea Shepherd merchandise is made from organic cotton.

As part of her PhD project Dr Dove has been invited to collaborate with Foundation Omacha to assist with the rehabilitation of manatees and dolphins in Colombia. Omacha is also heavily involved in trying to stop the massive killing of dolphins in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers’ used for baiting the giant Cat Fish.

Dr Dove is currently in the Caribbean with Foundation Omacha assisting with the release of four rehabilitated manatees.

A passionate Sea Shepherd supporter, Dr Dove, will assist Sea Shepherd in a volunteer capacity when and where she can. Sea Shepherd volunteers often assists with cetacean strandings under the instruction of Government environment bodies and the appointment of Dr Dove provides an amazing opportunity to engage and utilise her expertise to assist in this area. Dr Verné Dove will also provide various updates from the field abroad, including her findings of current research projects with manatees and dolphins.

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Dr Verne Dove on her trip to the Mekong River to conduct a dolphin behaviour and eco-tourism impact assessment, and educating local school children on the importance of keeping the river clean from pollution to help protect the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin.


Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteers - fundraising in action

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On Sunday, the 8th of May 2011, the Melbourne Sea Shepherd volunteers gathered together to hold a garage sale to raise much-needed funds for upcoming Sea Shepherd campaigns.

Sea Shepherd is Proud to Announce a Partnership with Goodwill Wines!

It's finally here - Sea Shepherd wine! No more time wasted idly in the bottle-shop aisles deliberating over which bottle of wine will go best with dinner, or which has the nicer label... as thanks to Goodwill Wines you can now order yourself a case of delicious wines featuring the Sea Shepherd signature Jolly Roger logo emblazened on the bottle! Melbourne_110324_Wine All the Sea Shepherd wines are vegan, and Goodwill Wines will donate $20 from every case sold (12 bottles), or $10 for a half case. For more information, or to start stocking up please visit:


Our Marine Life – An Historic Decision in the Balance

In a matter of weeks the Australian government will make one of the largest conservation decisions in history when it considers the creation of a network of marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West. It’s a decision that will have a major impact on our marine life, and a decision that could go either way. What we do now will determine the outcome of that decision. Australia has one of the largest marine territories in the world. A huge variety of fish, sharks, whales and seals live in our continent’s spectacular submerged mountain ranges, deep sea canyons and both cool and tropical coral reefs. These waters provide refuge for the magnificent blue, humpback, and southern right whales, as well as bottlenose, spotted and striped dolphins, to name a few. The Australian government, and in particular the Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Environment is setting up a network of protected marine sanctuaries around our coast. After years in the preparation, Minister Burke is now on the verge of deciding on the size and location of these sanctuaries in Australia’s South West. As the first decision, it will set the standard for marine protection for the rest of Australia for the next ten to twenty years. The marine life of places like the Kimberley, the Top End and much of the east coast are depending on this decision too. Currently, less than four percent of Australia’s waters are protected. And with oil spills, over-fishing and pollution all taking their toll, the need to get protection in place couldn’t be more urgent. The choice for Australia’s new Environment Minister Tony Burke is stark. He can listen to science and create a network of large marine sanctuaries so that our marine life is protected forever. Alternatively, he could compromise under pressure from interests such as the oil and gas industry, and create small, inadequate sanctuaries which offer little protection. We have a golden opportunity to convince Minister Burke to protect marine life, but only if we speak up now. Take action now!

  1. Send a message to the Environment Minister, Tony Burke.

  2. Spread the word on Facebook.

  3. Write a short letter to the West Australian telling them your thoughts about the issue!

  4. Order a free Save our Marine Life bumper sticker.

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8 January 2013 - SSCS Australia To Lead Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign
Founder and President Captain Paul Watson Steps Down From SSCS U.S. and Australia

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At a press conference alongside the SSS Sam Simon at 10:00 am AEDT today in Hobart, the Australian Chapter of the global marine conservation non-profit, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, announced it will direct the organization's ninth Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance. Sea Shepherd founder and President, Captain Paul Watson, has stepped down from Sea Shepherd U.S. and Sea Shepherd Australia. The SSS Steve Irwin, typically captained by Captain Watson, will be manned by Captain Siddharth Chakravarty for the extent of the campaign. Captain Watson will remain aboard to document the campaign. Long-time colleague and advisor of Captain Watson, current board member Marnie Gaede will assume the role of President of Sea Shepherd U.S. while former Greens Party leader and former Australian Senator Bob Brown has joined the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Australia and will direct Operation Zero Tolerance along with Director of Sea Shepherd Australia, Jeff Hansen. These changes are being adopted in order for Sea Shepherd to continue its vital mission of defending at-risk whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Read more on the website: 
www.seashepherd.org/sea-shepherd-australia-to-lead-antarctic-whale-defense-campaign

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Fomer Senator Bob Brown with Director of Sea Shepherd Australia Jeff Hansen


Sea Shepherd Australia Welcomes Former Greens Leader Bob Brown to its Board of Directors - Jan 2013

"Sea Shepherd Australia is growing and becoming more active each year. Access to increased resources makes this possible. We have always maintained that we do what we can, to the best of our abilities, with the resources available to us.

We have also always believed that we need a Board that reflects diversity of talent, skills, experience, and imagination.

Sea Shepherd Australia could think of no greater asset to Sea Shepherd's team than former Greens Leader Bob Brown.

We are sincerely proud to welcome Bob Brown to the Sea Shepherd Australia Board of Directors."

— Jeff Hansen, Director, Sea Shepherd Australia

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Read more here: www.seashepherd.org/sea-shepherd-australia-welcomes-former-greens-leader-bob-brown

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Sea Shepherd join Parkway Drive on National Tour


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Sea Shepherd were so wrapped to recently join Australian Hardcore Legends Parkway Drive on their highly anticipated 'Atlas' Australian Tour!!

While the ships are battling it out with the Japanese whalers to save over 1000 whales from slaughter in the Antarctic Ocean, the onshore crew attended each show around the country to raise vital funds and awareness for 'Operation Zero Tolerance'.

For more info check out these sites:

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www.twitter.com/parkwayofficial

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October 16, 2012

Sam Simon Wish List

Updated October 2012

Our Crew on the M/Y Sam Simon needs your help, and we welcome donations from the items listed below.  PLEASE CLEARLY MARK ALL DONATIONS AS “SAM SIMON” so they aren’t confused with Steve Irwin donations.  Thank you!

Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Sam Simon by the Steve Irwin and should be delivered to:

M/Y Sam Simon
Workshop Pier
C/- Seaworks
82 Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016
Australia

All food donations in Melbourne can be delivered to 7/288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065.

For questions regarding supplies, please send an email to managerSS@seashepherd.org.


GENERAL SHIP SUPPLIES

Flares
Smoke canisters
Deck knives
Ropes, safety harnesses, carabiners, webbing
Welding equipment
Mooring lines
Manila rope, 20mm x 50m
Buoys, small and medium
Cargo nets
Gumboots
Steel cap boots
Lashing cord
Industrial quality flashlights
Sail-making needles – heavy duty
Whipping thread – thin and thick
Smoke canisters
Hypalon glue
Non-leather work gloves
Fire extinguishers – small
Small boat drogue/sea anchor
Hypothermia bags
Hard hats
Wood working tools
Ear defenders - high quality
Eye protectors – high quality
High visibility vests

DIVE EQUIPMENT

Dry suits, liners, large and small booties, compasses, and watches
Buoyancy compensators, regulators, fins, snorkels, wetsuits, knives, dry gloves Diving computers, quality masks, knives, torches, regulators
Dive lights, dry bags

GALLEY SUPPLIES AND FOOD

Vegan food items only.  Please donate foods that do not contain meat, diary, eggs, honey or whey.

Fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs
Olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil
Tofu (firm, silken) and tempeh
TVP (textured vegetable protein) and vegan faux meat products
Wheat gluten/Seitan
Canned legumes, canned tomatoes, pasta sauces
Vegan cheese, cream cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt, cream, and sour cream
Raw nuts and seeds
Dried legumes (lentils especially)
Cornflakes, other vegan cereals
Lasagna sheets, noodles, pasta, brown rice, Arborio rice
Taco shells and mountain bread/burrito wraps
White, wholemeal, rye, gluten-free flour
Maple syrup, agave syrup
Olives, sundried tomatoes
Non-dairy milk (almond, oat, coconut, soy…)
Vegan chocolate and biscuits
Nuttelex, vegan spreads
Vegemite
Tahini, peanut butter, nut butters, jam
Crackers, snacks, corn thins
Braggs, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar
Juices, sodas
Eco-friendly cleaning supplies

SHIP APPLIANCES

Vitamix or Magimax industrial blender
Industrial vacuum cleaner
Industrial toaster
Industrial juicer
Television 50”+ with USB
Wet/dry shop vacuum

COMMUNICATIONS/IT SUPPLIES

Gift vouchers for electronics and computer stores (e.g. Jaycar, Radio Parts Group, Dick Smith Electronics, Harvey Normans)
Recent, reasonably powerful lap top computers
Hard drives filled with movies, television shows, music
Hand held EPIRB (Emergency Signal Beacons)
Small SART (Search and Rescue Transponder)
Satellite phone with waterproof case
Waterproof handheld VHF radios with GPS (preferably with scramblers)
Waterproof handheld UHF radios (preferably with scramblers)
Waterproof handheld GPS

 

October 1, 2012
Fear and Loathing of Sharks in Western Australia
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

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Captain Paul Watson Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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I was a surfer in the sixties and seventies and I don't recall a single moment that I ever felt afraid of sharks — the beautiful and unique creatures that Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett is now condemning. I don't think Barnett was ever a surfer.

Real surfers not only love the ocean, they also understand it. They understand the complex inter-relationships between species, and if they love and understand the ocean they also love and understand sharks.

No, I simply cannot see Barnett astride a surfboard.

He was most likely one of those poor timid souls who sat on the beach, traumatized by having seen the Spielberg travesty called Jaws.

This week, this same premier of Western Australia issued a shark-hating Fatah, calling for their total annihilation.

This was simply an opportunistic knee-jerk reaction to media histrionics over the deaths of five surfers this year.

Yes it is a tragedy that these five surfers died, and it is sadly true that shark attacks have increased, although relatively by very little, but instead of responding with a hysterical nonsensical pogrom on sharks, maybe the Premier should have taken a serious look at why there has been a slight increase in shark attacks and taken measures to solve the problem without causing blanket damage to bio-diversity in our oceans.

Barnett holds a degree in economics and majored in statistics so he should certainly understand that statistically shark attacks and fatalities are not that frequent and make these animals less dangerous to the public than ostriches, dogs, chimpanzees, elephants, mosquitoes, bees, ants, wasps, deer, horses, cows, and jellyfish.

Statistically the chances of dying in an automobile accident are astronomically greater than being killed by a shark, and there is a far greater possibility of being struck by lightning while playing golf than of being attacked by a shark at the beach.

When it comes to dangerous sports, surfing has far fewer risk factors than golfing, mountain climbing, hiking, hang-gliding, horseback riding, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, boxing or skate-boarding.

For full story go to our main site:
www.seashepherd.org/fear-and-loathing-of-sharks-in-western-australia

Australian media enquiries please contact Australian Director Jeff Hansen - jeff@seashepherd.org


September 26, 2012
First Annual Australian Cordinator Conference

The first annual coordinator conference was held over the weekend and was hugely productive. It was an amazing opportunity for everyone to meet each other and share ideas. Everyone left feeling postive and excited for the future of Sea Shepherd Australia and agreed that it is a definite must for next year.  

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Photo thanks to Fair Projects


September 11, 2012
Preparation Time for Operation Zero Tolerance

The M/Y Steve Irwin arrived back into Williamstown last week and is now getting prepared for Operation Zero Tolerance departing for Antarctica in December.

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We have recruited the best crew we can assemble. Our only challenge now is to raise the funds to pay for fuel, repairs, equipment, and provisions.

We rely hugely on the kindness of donations to run our campaigns, which we truly appreciate. Here is the current wish list for the Steve Irwin:
http://www.seashepherd.org/support-us/steve-irwin-wish-list.html

Free tours of the Steve Irwin will start again this Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th September 10 am – 4:30 pm at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown (Enter via Ann Street).

By the end of November the Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot will also be docked in Williamstown. You can find their wish lists here:
http://www.seashepherd.org/support-us/wishlist-in-kind.html

 

 


 

Bob Brown in Broome to begin Operation Kimberley Miinimbi

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Former Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd Australia Director, Jeff Hansen and Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke gathered with people from the local community, including members of the Goolarabooloo family, to welcome the Steve Irwin as it makes its way into the port of Broome.

Mr Brown is in Broome to head up the Sea Shepherd’s operation, Kimberley Miinimbi, at the invitation of the Goolarabooloo people, to highlight the significance of the James Price Point marine environment as a habitat and feeding ground for humpback whales, dolphins and turtles.

Mr Brown said today, “We need to protect the world's biggest humpback whale nursery. You would not put a gas processing plant in a human nursery, so why would you do it to our whales?

“I am certain that when the people of Australia see these images on their televisions, they will want to do everything they can to ensure that the gas factory does not go ahead,” concluded Mr Brown

A gas processing plant onshore at James Prices Point would severely disrupt this rich diversity of marine life with the industrial infrastructure required for the port. Extensive dredging to create a port and shipping channel for LNG tanker traffic would create a marine ‘dead zone’ at James Price Point, and the development would increase the risk of whale mortality by ship strikes with all the ship movements in and out of the gas factory.

Jeff Hansen, Director of the Sea Shepherd Australia said today, “The Sea Shepherd has a proud history of protecting whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. We’re eager to support the campaign against the gas processing plant at James Price Point as an important part of the whale habitat that stretches right along this part of the Dampier Peninsula.”

“While visiting the community science whale survey just south of James Price Point, yesterday, I learnt that in just 4 hours a day, this survey has sighted over 1000 whales, including 80 mother and calf pairs over the six week survey to date. On our visit, we see saw several whales playing off the coast,” concluded Mr Hansen.

Bob Brown, Jeff Hansen and Melissa Parke later met with senior Jabbir Jabbir people at Waardi Ltd to listen to the views of some of the Traditional Owners who voted 'yes' to the gas proposal.

Bob Brown said the Kimberley's Traditional Owners should benefit from the gas wherever it was brought ashore, not just if the precinct was built at James Price Point.

Ms Parke said the argument that the $40 billion project, with all its environmental impacts, is justified on the grounds that it will bring major economic benefits for Aboriginal people is flawed because "hospitals and schools are a right for all Australians".

The Sea Shepherd will conduct daily whale watching surveys at James Price Point, with a number of guests joining the crew each day, including whale conservationists Annabelle Sandes and Richard Costin.

Richard Costin and Annabelle Sandes are Broome-based naturalists and photographers who have spent the past six years on the Kimberley coast studying the Breeding Stock D population of Humpback Whales, the largest Humpback Whale population in the world. Please visit their website for photos.

The above photos courtesy Bronte Turner for the Bob Brown Foundation.


July 17, 2012

Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd Launch Operation Kimberley Miinimbi

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown in front of the Sea Shepherd flagship, Steve Irwin. Photo: Fair ProjectsOperation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown in front of the Sea Shepherd flagship, Steve Irwin. Photo: Fair ProjectsIn wake of the Gas Hub 'go ahead', Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd today launched Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, at a press conference alongside the Steve Irwin in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia.

The controversial Kimberley gas hub has been given conditional go-ahead from Western Australia's environmental watchdog, the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority), even though the EPA’s decision-making process has come under scrutiny after it revealed that four of the five board members stood aside due to conflicts of interest. EPA chairman Dr Vogel, the one remaining board member who made yesterday's decision, even admitted that turbidity from dredging, oil spills, industrial discharges, noise, light and vessel strikes could adversely affect whales, dolphins, turtles, dugong and fish. Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett is pushing ahead with gas factories at James Price Point, just north of Broome, on one of the world’s most unspoiled coastlines, even though whale deaths are inevitable.

Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd’s Australian Director stated, “Australia was once a whaling nation, however nowadays Australians are amongst the most passionate defenders of whales in the world. Sea Shepherd receives overwhelming support in Australia. We simply could not do what we do, defending the Australian Antarctic whale sanctuary, without the support of the Australian public.“

“However, the very same humpback whales that are being targeted by the Japanese whalers this summer in the Southern Ocean face a new threat in their calving grounds - Woodside's proposed gas hub in a place called James Price Point, just north of Broome, stated Mr. Hansen.”

This area is the biggest humpback nursery in the world. So much so, that since 1 July this year, i.e. just 17 days, 259 whales have already been recorded by scientific survey just a few kilometers south of James Price Point and 23 calf and cow (mother and baby) pairs have been sighted already, with over 70% found within 5 kilometers of the coast.

Earlier today at a press conference with Sea Shepherd, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said "As new national polling shows the majority of Australians do not want a gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley, I welcome Sea Shepherd joining this campaign and look forward to the Steve Irwin's arrival in the Kimberley."

So there you have it, the Goolarabooloo people, the majority of the people of Broome and now Australia wide, and certainly the whales, do not want this gas hub.

Bob Brown said today at the campaign launch, “There are alternative sites for Woodside's factory, but not for the whale nursery there - or the living Indigenous culture, including the songline-linked dinosaur tracks, 130 million years old, on the shoreline of James Price Point.

Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (center) with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair ProjectsSea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (center) with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair Projects“There are other, better options for where this major gas development could go. We know that a number of Woodside’s partners would also prefer it go elsewhere. In my talks with Shell, it, for one, is happy to move the project. I have written to the Woodside Board, and will ask them to consider alternative sites,” Bob Brown concluded.

Sea Shepherd recently received a letter from Joseph Roe, Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter, Senior Law Bosses of the Goolarabooloo people, whose country the proposed gas hub would be built upon. An extract of this letter, inviting Sea Shepherd to visit the Kimberley and support the campaign, is included here below:

"The Goolarabooloo People along with our friends from around the world are fighting to save this Country from destruction. Our Sea Country here is the home of the Humpback whale. We have seen the work you have done to protect the whales in the Southern Ocean. We would appreciate any support you can give us to protect the Humpback in our Sea Country from the proposal to build an industrial port at James Price Point for LNG export." -- Senior Law Bosses, Joseph Roe, Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter.

Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson, still under house arrest in Germany, responded with his letter below, stating "Thank you for your invitation that we accept in the spirit of eternal friendship with a promise to stand in unity with the Goolarabooloo to defend the beauty and sacredness of this wondrous environment."

To pay our respect to the Goolarabooloo Traditional Owners, we are naming our visit, Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, the Goolarabooloo name for humpback whale.

Taking the lead on this campaign, Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, is campaign leader Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd advisory board member and former leader of the Australian Greens Party.

The Steve Irwin will depart Seaworks, Williamstown this Saturday to arrive in Broome on Saturday, 4 August, where a number of local and international media, VIPs, musicians and business people will board for a voyage to James Price Point, as a vigil to draw attention to the prolific calving that goes on at the proposed site region.

Sea Shepherd is also inviting federal Minister for the Environment Hon Tony Burke and Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt, to come and see the whales, and the extraordinary Kimberley marine environment for themselves. This is the real legacy for our children that must be protected for the benefit of all and to protect the law, culture and song cycle of the Goolarabooloo people.

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Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown aboard the Steve Irwin with Sea Shepherd crew and media. Photo: Fair ProjectsOperation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown aboard the Steve Irwin with Sea Shepherd crew and media. Photo: Fair Projects Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (left) with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair ProjectsSea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen (left) with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown. Photo: Fair Projects

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Sea Shepherd sends a big thank you to the following!

Sea Shepherd Australia would like to thank some amazing companies for their recent donations to our vessels while they are in port in Melbourne and Sydney.

A hearty thank you to David & Belinda Reid from Reid Cycles of North Melbourne!!
They donated two practical, yet very groovy, bicycles for the Steve Irwin crew to get about whilst in dock.

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A massive thank you to Laura and the team at Cigweld for the donation of a much needed welding machine to the Steve Irwin last week. A big thank you to the team at Migomag Welding Supplies for the much needed welding machine donated to the M/Y Steve Irwin. We would also like to thank Teresa Newman and the students from Sorell Primary School for orgainising some vegan foods items for the M/Y Bob Barker. The amazing teams at the Lord of the Fries cafes in Melbourne for feeding our hardworking crew and volunteers and their constant support each year. Val Hoyle and the team at Kessler Couplings and Engineering supplies for their contribution to the M/Y Bob Barker. We would like to thank all our supporters who have generously contributed supplies and equipment to help our cause. If you would like to donate but are unsure what we need please visit our wishlists. Thank you for your ongoing and valued support to our mission and please don't forget there are free tours of the M/Y Steve Irwin in Williamstown Melbourne every weekend. The vessel can be found behind "Seaworks" at Workshop Pier, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown.

Sydney gives the Bob Barker and Brigitte Bardot a hero's welcome


helipad01 On World Ocean's Day, June 8, the M/Y Brigitte Bardot and M/Y Bob Barker sailed into Sydney Harbor, receiving a hero's welcome. The two vessels are triumphant after the hugely successful Operation Divine Wind Campaign in the Southern Ocean, where Sea Shepherd ships prevented the illegal slaughter of 768 whales from the Japanese whaling fleet. Thousands of visitors have turned out to see the beautiful Brigitte Bardot on her maiden visit to Sydney, and the return of the formidable Bob Barker. Both vessels were berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay during the spectacular Vivid Sydney Festival. Dramatically situated across from the iconic Sydney Opera House, with the Harbor Bridge as a background. Ocean conservation had the center stage on World Ocean's Day weekend.

The Bardot is provisioning and preparing for an upcoming South Pacific shark protection campaign, while the Barker will remain in Sydney at White Bay, Balmain in preparation for a return to the Southern Ocean in December. Should the Japanese whaling fleet attempt to illegally slaughter over 1000 whales this Antarctic summer in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd will be there to stop them.

“We are deeply grateful to Sydney Ports for welcoming our vessels and providing a fire tug for the Bardot's arrival”, said Andrea Gordon, manager of the Sea Shepherd ship, MY Bob Barker. “A heartfelt thank you goes to the Honourable Marie Ficarra MP, MLC. A Sydney SSCS visit would not have been possible without her involvement,” Gordon said. “We are so grateful for the support of our local Sydney chapter led by Jools Farrell and the people and businesses of Sydney who continue to provide ever-growing support to Sea Shepherd and the protection of the oceans.”

The crew are still in need of vegan food donations so they can continue our mission to conserve, defend and protect marine ecosystems worldwide. For information on what the particular items the vessels need please have a look at the wishlists and contact the Sydney coordinator Jools to arrange delivery.Photo credit to Peter Murphy - Sydney

Sydney Solar Electricity and Arrid Australia unite For The Oceans

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Sea Shepherd was approached by Chris Pond from Sydney Solar Electricity with a generous offer of free solar electricity for our fast scout vessel, the MV Brigitte Bardot. The solution Chis proposed in conjunction with Arrid Australia would cut down on generator usage, which not only means less money on fuel it also lessons the carbon footprint of Sea Shepherd. Chris Pond from Sydney Solar Electricity stated "It was a pleasure to do the work for Sea Shepherd. I have now completed the work on Brigette Bardot and its a great feeling knowing our efforts will assist sea Shepherd in their global marine conservation campaigns" Sea Shepherd would like to send out a very heatfelt thank you to all the staff and representatives of Sydney Solar Electricity and Arrid Australia. Sea Shepherd look forward to working together with the two companies for the oceans and for the benefit of future generations. photo courtesy of Glenn Lockitch.

Lush helps Sea Shepherd fight illegal whaling

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Captain Paul Watson and Cameron Hollows launching Lush's Divine Whale Soap

On the 30 November 2011, Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson, Cameron Hollows from The Hollows Foundation and Mark Lincoln The Managing Director of Lush launched Lush’s new Divine Whale soap in Sydney, a limited-edition product to help raise funds for Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling mission in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.

The launch follows 12 months of developing the concept in conjunction with Lush Cosmetics says Sea Shepherd's Development Director of Australia - Aaron Barnes and comes days before the Sea Shepherd’s vessels, Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot, embarks on their journey to the remote waters of Antarctica for its 8th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign - Operation Divine Wind - with a stronger anti-whaling fleet than ever before.

Sea Shepherd Australian Director, Jeff Hansen, says, “During its past seven campaigns, Sea Shepherd has saved the lives of over 2,781 whales and has exposed illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to the entire world. Last season, 863 Whales were saved from the brutal harpoons of the whaling fleet.

“During the 1900s, the majority of soap was made from whale blubber, making the launch of Lush’s Divine Whale soap even more significant. Lush’s strict no animal testing policy and its dedication to creating ethical, sustainable cosmetics makes us proud to stand alongside them.”

Divine Whale soap ($4.95) is fragranced with uplifting essential oils of sweet orange and tangerine. It will be available in Lush stores in Australia and New Zealand from December 1, 2011, with all profits donated to Sea Shepherd’s Operation Divine Wind campaign. You can also buy the soap at Lush's online store.

 

Galapagos Filming Project

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Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Galapagos Director, with Australian Director Jeff Hansen
out the front of the Isabella police dog K9 kennels, funded by Sea Shepherd Fremantle.

Since 2000, Sea Shepherd has maintained a strong, positive presence in the Galapagos Islands. From helping the local authorities in patrolling the Marine Reserve in a bid to stop illegal fishing activities, to busting shark finners, to educating the local youth, Sea Shepherd carries out its mission of promoting ocean conservation using a wide range of methods and actions.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of an anonymous donor in Melbourne and MODOM Surf, Sea Shepherd Australia sent Australian Director, Jeff Hansen and volunteer videographer Tim Watters of Fair Projects to the Galapagos Islands in order to put together a documentary on the work Sea Shepherd is doing there.

"Sea Shepherd is most well know for its whale defence campaigns in the Souther Ocean, however I hope that this documentary can bring to light another ongoing campaign that Sea Shepherd is involved in. I am very proud to be a part of this project, to showcase the amazing work sea shepherd is doing in the Galapagos to its supporters, donors and volunteers across the globe. - Tim Watters "The work this small Sea Shepherd team of Malena, Hugo and Marcel under the direction of Captain Alex Cornelissen, is doing in the Galapagos gives the organisation amazing credibility that must be showcased to the world. I have seen meetings conducted at the Sea Shepherd office with police and National Park representatives present, all working in unison for the preservation and protection of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. There are even police walking around with donated hand held radios with the words Sea Shepherd, clearly displayed." - Jeff Hansen

"You can not really get a full appreciation for the work Sea Shepherd is doing in the Galapagos until you are here and I am sure this documentary will enable a greater understanding of the various areas such as the Police Dogs, Environmental Law, the AIS Project and shark education program." "The work being conducted in the Galapagos is a real feather in Sea Shepherds cap and an amazing example of what can be possible when government and non government organisations are willing to work together." The Galapagos is our line in the sand. If humanity cannot protect such a unique and diverse ecosystem, we will not be able to protect any ecosystem. The Galapagos is a challenge and battlefield for the effort to halt human greed and destruction. These Enchanted Isles are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this means all of us have a responsibility to help protect them from illegal exploitation. The documentary should be completed by late November, just in time for Captain Paul Watson's tour of Australia in preparation for Sea Shepherds eighth Antarctic whale defence campaign titled, operation Divine Wind.

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(2) Pedro P. Andrade School - San Cristóbal Island - Malena García project coordinator

(3) Student from Pedro P. Andrade School - San Cristóbal Island – Learning about the interdependence of marine life in ecosystems

(4) Kennel of the K9 unit in Santa Cruz Island

(5) K9 Unit - Isabela Island - Cbos. Carlos Munoz - Environmental Police Guide

(6) John Roquillo - VMS System Operator, Ricardo Visaira - Responsable of Monitoring - Galapagos Marine Reserve, Marcel Wensveen - AIS Manager


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Marine Sanctuaries update for the South West of Australia

Thanks to all your submissions, a record 42,000 people lodged a pro-sanctuary submission during the public consultation phase calling for large marine sanctuaries in Australia¹s South West. This is the highest number of submissions ever sent to a government process on a conservation issue in Australia, congratulations to all that submitted.

Regional communities including recreational fishing interests, local businesses and councils made formal submissions to the federal government calling for large marine sanctuaries off their coastline. Communities in Fremantle and Margaret River banded together to fund local newspaper ads calling for more protection.

221 senior scientists from Australia and overseas, including world leading fisheries and marine scientists, condemned the Government¹s proposed sanctuaries as unrepresentative and inadequate to protect marine life and fish stocks.

Former Australians of the Year Ian Kiernan, Prof Tim Flannery, Dr Fiona Wood and Dick Smith wrote to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Environment Minister Tony Burke to raise their concerns about the Government's proposed plan for the South West.

11 prominent Australians including businesswoman Janet Holmes à Court, NBL star Luc Longley, author Ben Elton, business people Jock Clough, Liz Davenport and John Poynton, celebrity chefs Anna Gare and Ian Parmenter, musician John Butler and author Tim Winton, joined together to publish full page advertisements in both The Australian and The West Australian to express their support for government action on sanctuaries.

Leading market research company Patterson Market Research released research showing that over 90% of Western Australians rate the Government acting to protect WA¹s marine as important and 71% of people approved of up to 30% of Federal waters being protected in sanctuaries. Just 1% believe that no sanctuaries should be created.

All the team at Save Our Marine Life should be congratulated for all their amazing efforts over the years to get this campaign to where it is today. It was a privilege for Sea Shepherd to be a part of this campaign in a bid to create marine sanctuaries for the south west in the battle to save our oceans.

Tony Burke has asked Australia to voice their opinion on Marine Sanctuaries, which resulted in the highest number of submissions on a conservation issue in Australian history.

Its up to you now Mr Burke, to give Australia's marine life the support, respect and protection it deserves for the benefit of future generations.

Profile: North Qld On-Shore Volunteer Coordinator Helen Robertson

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Meet our fabulous new North Queensland Volunteer Coordinator. Helen is based in Cairns, and doing an incredible job. We are so excited to have new chapters popping up all over Australia!

"Originally from the UK, I've been in Australia for around 16 years, living in Cairns for the last 7 years. I work as a nurse but my passion lies with the ocean, so I work many extra shifts to fund my yearly whale adventures.

I first became a member of Sea Shepherd in 2006 when a friend told me about the organisation and what they were doing to help save the whales. I had just been on my first ever Minke Whale expedition, which runs here in North Queensland for 6 weeks every June and July, where you can swim with the beautiful and very curious Dwarf Minke Whales.

Being in the water and interacting with these amazing little whales is a life changing experience and by becoming part of Sea Shepherd I felt I was giving something back to the whales. Following this encounter I then went to Vava'u, Tonga in the South Pacific and swam with the Humpback Whales and Whale Sharks there, another incredible experience.

When Paul Watson talks about looking into the eye of a whale and how it changes you, that’s exactly what happened to me. In 2010 I went to a Byron Bay fundraiser and met with Paul Watson. He is very inspirational and I thought there must be more that I can do to help Sea Shepherd.

With my colleague Phil, and my friend Minke Whale researcher Matt, we decided to start the north Queensland chapter of Sea Shepherd. We have had a very positive response from the people up here who attend our market stalls and we really enjoy being on shore volunteers for Sea Shepherd."


Sea Shepherd Australia Enlists Cetacean Vet Dr Verné Dove

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Verné Dove as a volunteer Cetacean Vet Field Agent.

Dr Dove has a Masters in Conservation Medicine, a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Animal Science (Marine Mammal Behaviour and Pathology). In 2011, Dr Dove will complete her second Master’s degree, in Veterinary Disease Surveillance, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in Dolphin Health Assessment. Dr Dove has also been appointed as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, has a Diploma in Conservation and has completed a course in Marine Mammal Veterinary Medicine (MARVET) in the United States.

Dr Dove was recently in Cambodia researching and investigating the high infant mortality rate of dolphins, with early indications appearing a link to pollution of their environment from pesticides and fertilisers used by farmers.

This is another reason why Sea Shepherd merchandise is made from organic cotton.

As part of her PhD project Dr Dove has been invited to collaborate with Foundation Omacha to assist with the rehabilitation of manatees and dolphins in Colombia. Omacha is also heavily involved in trying to stop the massive killing of dolphins in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers’ used for baiting the giant Cat Fish.

Dr Dove is currently in the Caribbean with Foundation Omacha assisting with the release of four rehabilitated manatees.

A passionate Sea Shepherd supporter, Dr Dove, will assist Sea Shepherd in a volunteer capacity when and where she can. Sea Shepherd volunteers often assists with cetacean strandings under the instruction of Government environment bodies and the appointment of Dr Dove provides an amazing opportunity to engage and utilise her expertise to assist in this area. Dr Verné Dove will also provide various updates from the field abroad, including her findings of current research projects with manatees and dolphins.

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Dr Verne Dove on her trip to the Mekong River to conduct a dolphin behaviour and eco-tourism impact assessment, and educating local school children on the importance of keeping the river clean from pollution to help protect the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin.


Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteers - fundraising in action

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On Sunday, the 8th of May 2011, the Melbourne Sea Shepherd volunteers gathered together to hold a garage sale to raise much-needed funds for upcoming Sea Shepherd campaigns.

Sea Shepherd is Proud to Announce a Partnership with Goodwill Wines!

It's finally here - Sea Shepherd wine! No more time wasted idly in the bottle-shop aisles deliberating over which bottle of wine will go best with dinner, or which has the nicer label... as thanks to Goodwill Wines you can now order yourself a case of delicious wines featuring the Sea Shepherd signature Jolly Roger logo emblazened on the bottle! Melbourne_110324_Wine All the Sea Shepherd wines are vegan, and Goodwill Wines will donate $20 from every case sold (12 bottles), or $10 for a half case. For more information, or to start stocking up please visit:


Our Marine Life – An Historic Decision in the Balance

In a matter of weeks the Australian government will make one of the largest conservation decisions in history when it considers the creation of a network of marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West. It’s a decision that will have a major impact on our marine life, and a decision that could go either way. What we do now will determine the outcome of that decision. Australia has one of the largest marine territories in the world. A huge variety of fish, sharks, whales and seals live in our continent’s spectacular submerged mountain ranges, deep sea canyons and both cool and tropical coral reefs. These waters provide refuge for the magnificent blue, humpback, and southern right whales, as well as bottlenose, spotted and striped dolphins, to name a few. The Australian government, and in particular the Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Environment is setting up a network of protected marine sanctuaries around our coast. After years in the preparation, Minister Burke is now on the verge of deciding on the size and location of these sanctuaries in Australia’s South West. As the first decision, it will set the standard for marine protection for the rest of Australia for the next ten to twenty years. The marine life of places like the Kimberley, the Top End and much of the east coast are depending on this decision too. Currently, less than four percent of Australia’s waters are protected. And with oil spills, over-fishing and pollution all taking their toll, the need to get protection in place couldn’t be more urgent. The choice for Australia’s new Environment Minister Tony Burke is stark. He can listen to science and create a network of large marine sanctuaries so that our marine life is protected forever. Alternatively, he could compromise under pressure from interests such as the oil and gas industry, and create small, inadequate sanctuaries which offer little protection. We have a golden opportunity to convince Minister Burke to protect marine life, but only if we speak up now. Take action now!

  1. Send a message to the Environment Minister, Tony Burke.

  2. Spread the word on Facebook.

  3. Write a short letter to the West Australian telling them your thoughts about the issue!

  4. Order a free Save our Marine Life bumper sticker.

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Isabel Lucas, Starship and
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A Sanctuary for the Australian Humpbacks is in your hands

The Camden Sound Marine Park could be the first new marine park in state waters in many years. With less than one percent of the massive West Australian coast protected, this is a crucial step in the right direction to see more of WA’s rich marine diversity protected.
Click here to make sure this sanctuary is created.

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