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Sea Shepherd Cairns

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Hawaii-based Nahko and Medicine for the People are on track with their mission of spreading awareness and care for our oceans and planet. Their music is raw, uplifting, inspiring and awareness-raising calling out for us to be "peaceful warriors" for our earth and its inhabitants. So it's no surprise that they are committed Sea Shepherd supporters, with flags, t-shirts and stickers in full view during gigs and promotions! This admiration and support led to a special invitation for Sea Shepherd Australia chapters to set up stalls at their concerts during their nation-wide "Water is Life" tour. This was the band's first gig in Cairns and Sea Shepherd Cairns volunteers were out in full force. There were many shout-outs for Sea Shepherd during the concert, which was met with roaring cheers from the crowd!

Thank you Nahko and MFTP for your support!



Triggered by our successful fundraising event at COCA on the 6th November and thanks to our friendly volunteers one of Cairns' trendiest cafes, The Flying Monkey, invited Sea Shepherd to run a stall at their cafe! We love any new ideas for fundraising and stall venues so we set up our first in-cafe merch stall, not knowing what to expect. Well, what eventuated on the day was amazing! Firstly, so many of our vollies came to say hello, have a cuppa & treat, and buy more merch! Aside from that, we had an incredible response from the general public of Cairns, many of who were Flying Monkey regulars... Christmas presents galore were purchased, and many conversations took place regarding upcoming campaigns and events.
A huge thanks to Ricky and Kristy (pictured on the right) who not only extended the invitation for us to set up shop in their lovely cafe, but also stocked up on Sea Shepherd t-shirts for their whole family! We'll definitely take you up on your offer for us to come back before Christmas and look forward to hanging out at your awesome cafe again.



6th November 2014 Cairns Ocean defence tour

Cairns Sea Shepherd supporters and volunteers turned on the smiles and opened their hearts at the Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts this Thursday the 6th November for the Cairns Chapter first big fundraiser! We were really incredibly privileged to have Capt. Peter Hammarstedt come to Cairns, what a speaker, what an activist and compassionate human being! At only 29!!!! Nicole McLachlan our own Shark enthusiast was also amazing - another ocean warrior and it will be great working with her on the East Coast for the sharks.

The documentary " The Shark Cull " was incredible. Great footage of the reality of the drumlines and the reality of the treatment of the sharks when caught, just shocking! Lets hope we get rid of these barbaric baited hooks all around Australia. After the movie the crowd enjoyed amazing vegan platters and a chance to purchase drinks at the bar as well as a chance to meet Peter and Nicole and our onshore crew in Cairns. The raffles and door prizes went extremely well and our merchandise including new Operation Icefish tshirts sold fast!

A HUGE thanks to all our supporters and those companies that donated prizes for our raffles and a very special thanks to our amazing volunteers that helped it run so smoothly on the night! For the Oceans!  Ali Sequeira, Cairns Co ordinator.

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Carnival on Collins 7th Sept 2014

With crowds estimated at well over 20,000 and the sun shining brightly a great day was had by all at the Carnival on Collins this Fathers Day 07th September. The Cairns Chapter of Sea Shepherd were not in our usual spot as that was allocated to Arts and Craftsthis year we were in Tank # 5.

Cairns locals and visitors showed their support and we had a cracking day! Cara one of our new onshore volunteers ( and talented artist) offered face painting to children and adults for a gold coin donation to Sea Shepherd.

Two of our younger supporters are pictured (credit to Adventure Mumma for the picture and for her support! )

With over 10 campaigns worldwide it was a wonderful opportunity to update our supporters on our current campaigns.

It was a massive day for our tireless volunteers and we could not have had our best day yet without them! Thanks so much to everyone who came along and for your continuing support of Sea Shepherd!

For the Oceans!

Carnival onCollins


Sunday 17 August 2014 Checking in with our clients

Onshore volunteers from Sea Shepherd Cairns Chapter was treated to an amazing day of Whale Watching on the Great Barrier Reef on Sunday 17 August.  The wonderfully kind people at Reef Magic Cruises donated 2 free tickets to us in recognition of the work that the volunteer do.

As we were gathering in the Terminal to book in, all proudly wearing the Sea Shepherd Golly Roger T-shirts you could tell we were all a little excited. 30 mins out into the blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef, we started searching the waters for the first glimpse of any whales. On a boat of a hundred or so people, it was our Co-ordinator Ali that first spotted a fin of nothing other than a Humpback.

Those 100 or so people started jostling for the best viewing position. The Shepherds were excited, it was also a very emotional sighting of the magnificence of these mammals breaching and fin slapping. There were a few tears of joy behind sunglasses and beaming smiles. As with any animal in their natural environment, you are never guaranteed a sighting, but to our luck we had a wonderful display. The pinnacle was seeing two males alongside a female, perhaps showing off for her attention, they certainly had ours. The display was a reminder of why we do what we do, why we choose to be part of such a movement, Sea Shepherd has campaigned to protect these whales from illegal whaling activities on many campaigns.

As a group of volunteers this social outing was not only moving, it was bonding. We shared an experience that we are incredibly lucky to be able to witness, the migration through the Great Barrier Reef.

In Cairns we are a small committed group that will continue to do their bit for the oceans as every little bit contributes. We would welcome anyone that has that same passion to join us as a volunteer.

Thank you to all that have given a little or a lot of their time and passion to Defend, Conserve, Protect.

Finally, again we would like to thank the support of Reef Magic Cruises Cairns for their hospitality and support, we are happy to have a partnership with this locally based organisation. 



13th July Stall at Holloways Beach Market

Great day was at Holloway's Beach Markets - glorious weather and a huge thanks to Cairns locals for their support!

For the Oceans

May 2013 Welcome to our New Cairns Coordinators!

Welcome to our new Cairns Coordinators Sergio and Alison who are doing a brilliant job in Cairns keeping the Sea Shepherd presence alive!

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September 2012 Cairns Co-ordinator Helen meets Captain Paul Watson

While on her way home to Cairns our fantastic Cairns Co-ordinator stopped off in Sydney to visit the Bob Barker and its crew. Lucky for Helen, Paul Watson was also on board visiting his volunteers, so Helen got the chance to have a chat with Paul and grabbed a photo as well.


20th August, 2011 Meet "Jack"

Meet Jack Bakker, an energetic and passionate 8 year old Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporter from Yungaburra on the Atherton tablelands. When Jack's school had a fancy dress day recently instead of dressing as Ben 10, Batman or even the ledgendary Ninja Turtles, Jack decided to go in his Sea Shepherd gear. Jack and many children like him are the new generation of supporters helping to raise awareness about the plight of our oceans and planet. So if you ever see Jack around town give him a big thumbs up and say thanks. On behalf of Sea Shepherd and Captain Paul Watson "Thanks Jack".



June 12th, 2011
Rustys Markets

The North Queensland chapter of Sea Shepherd is getting great support from market-goers. Here is chapter co-ordinator Helen running a stall at Rustys Markets. Come visit us next time you're heading to the markets!


April 17th, 2011
Tanks Markets - Cairns

The new North Queensland chapter of Sea Shepherd got off to a great start with their first stall at the Tanks Markets in Cairns. There was a lot of encouraging support from members of the public and interest in volunteering for the organisation, as well as some generous donations and merchandise sales. Thanks to everyone who went along and supported the new chapter, and if you missed them this time make sure to visit the markets again on May 29th when they will be hosting another stall.


North Queensland volunteers Phil and Helen


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