Sea Shepherd Melbourne
Upcoming Events 2013:
Free Ship Tours 2013
Our Three ships, the Steve Irwin, Sam Simon and Bob Barker will be offering free ship tours for supporters who would like to experience a little of what it is like for our crew on board.
After an historic campaign defending whales in the Southern ocean, the crews return knowing that the lives of hundreds of whales have been saved. Their efforts have made this the most successful Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign yet. Please come along and show your support and find out more on what Sea Shepherd is trying to acheive.
Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown (entry via Ann Street) - 12 pm - 4:30 pm weekend days! www.maps.google.com.au/maps?q=seaworks+williamstown
If you are coming to see a particular ship please take note:
Steve Irwin: Saturday and Sunday
Bob Barker: Saturday only
Sam Simon: Sunday only
30 May 2013
The Max in Prahran is holding Bogan Bingo! Yes you heard correct - Bogan Bingo!!
To book seats please call the Sea Shepherd Office on 03 9445 0323.
Tickets are all pre sold:
Front row seats $30
All other seats are $20
There will be drink and food specials, raffles, a silent auction ... and a lot of bogans!
Check out more info on the facebook event here!
(most recent events first)
21 April 2013
Noise Bar, Brunswick
Sea Shepherd were invited to host a stall at this years SCoRCHeR FeST - a national event providing a framework for performers to play in a music festival environment. The day showcased 30 fantastic bands and our awesome onshore volunteers Sammy, Bel, Ashkr & Priya manned the stall. A big thanks to the event organisers for their support.
23rd March 2013
"OCEANS" was held on Saturday 23rd March, at The Espy in St Kilda. Melbourne based bands Alithia, Riot in Toytown, Rainbird, Moroccan Kings and Sons of Abraham, and visitors from Brisbane, Greenthief, donated their time to entertain the masses and raise money for Sea Shepherd Australia.
The night was alot of fun for those attending and involved in the organisation of the evening. Just over $2,400 was raised to go to the cause and we had 200 people thru the doors. A big thanks goes to all the people involved, all those generous people who made donations for the prize packs, the production team who made it look and sound amazing and a special thanks to Marcel from the Bob Barker, for rallying some of the crew together and getting them down to the event.
23 March 2013
One of our most enthusiastic volunteers Lee-Ann Lee and dog Spock manning the stall at the Kew Community Festival 23 March.
3rd March 2013
Cleanup Australia Day - Williamstown Foreshore
The Melbourne chapter will be taking part in this years Cleanup Australia Day by getting down and dirty and cleaning up our ships part time home Williamstown's foreshore.
Check out more details here: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Williamstown+Foreshore
26 January 2013
Big Day Out Melbourne
On the 26th of January this year, Sea Shepherd volunteers joined a sold out crowd of over 50,000 people to celebrate at the Flemington Showgrounds for the 21st anniversary of the Big Day Out. To make this day truly special, the headlining act and long-time Sea Shepherd supporters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers kindly dedicated their set to Sea Shepherd. The anticipation of seeing our footage being played before their set that evening created a buzz of excitement for us and the crowd alike and set the mood for the whole day!
The Sea Shepherd stall was constantly busy, with both long-time supporters with amazing stories to tell and many more enthusiastic new supporters!
We gratefully received lots of generous donations and were humbled by all the people that stopped by to exchange high fives and send well wishes and thoughts to our crews currently in the Southern Ocean.
By the time the Chilli Peppers played there were jolly rogers everywhere and the crowd cheered wildly when the massive screens on the both sides of and behind the stages showed campaign imagery and footage from 'Whale Wars' and asked the crowd to donate generously to our cause! They then went on to play a tantalising, energetic set with three decades of hits to showcase, it was a perfect way to end our day!
Update and pics thanks to onshore volunteer Lorilee Shepherd
Thanks to the Chilli Peppers and the other bands that supported us throughout the day and Stu from Triple J for the shout out!
Saturday 9th February
The Descendents Tour!!! with the Bouncing Souls and Bodyjar!!!
Sea Shepherd recently joined punk rock legends DESCENDENTS on their tour in February with friends Bouncing Souls + Bodyjar!!!
While the 4 Sea Shepherd ships are out at sea and are in pursuit of the factory ship Nisshin Maru, the onshore crew were there to give everyone the heads up on the situation on Operation Zero Tolerance campaign!!
Festival of Sails - SAILING REGATTA
Melbourne to Geelong
THURSDAY 24 – MONDAY 28 JANUARY, 2013
The Festival of Sails is Victoria's oldest ongoing sporting event, and the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and the Melbourne chapter took part in this years festival.
Check here for more information: www.festivalofsails.com
Sat 1st December from 11am
Make Waves Family Festival
Seaworks, 52 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday to help us support Operation Zero Tolerance. It was a funfilled day with an amazing vibe. The acts were entertaining and the speeches incredibly moving and inspiring due to Peter, Phil, Bob and Jeff's incredible passion for our cause.
5th October 2012
Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Movie Screening
Cinema Nova, Carlton, Victoria
On Friday 5th October Sea Shepherd held a special screening of Sea Shepherd's Operation Kimberley Miinimbi mini doco, which helps to disprove Woodside's claim that there are little to no whales along the Walmadan coastline.
Here are photos of our two special guests who attended the screening Rodney Augustine, from the Nyul Nyul Jabir Jabir community in Broome, and founder of the Greens party Bob Brown. Helping the audience get more of a perspective as to what is currently happening up at James Price Point.
Photos thanks to Fair Projects
August 2012 "Stop The Trawler" protest @ St Kilda Beach
On Saturday 11th August Sea Shepherd volunteers attended the "Stop The Trawler" protest on St Kilda beach.
July 2012 "See No Evil" @ Baha, Rye
Sea Shepherd’s Melbourne chapter held a fantastic fundraiser at the Baha Taco Joint & Bar owned by Nathan, Jahna and Nick O’Brien who made everyone feel welcome. Some of the Steve Irwin crew made their way to Rye to join the festivities as did James Brown from Splash of Colour Tattoos who has recently been at the boat providing ink work for the crew.
A great time was had by all and some great merchandise sales to boot!!
February 2012 "School Talks"
The fantastic Melbourne chapter are going to heavily focuss on educating and inspiring our children in 2012, we will be having many school talks around Melbourne this year led by the passionate and hardworking on shore volunteers Haans and Woz (below L to R). If you are interested in having Haans and Woz come to your school please let us know just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dresden Dolls Event"
The Dresden Dolls played at the iconic Forum in Melbourne in January where Melbourne Sea Shepherd onshore volunteers were invited to have an information stall. The sell out concert was amazing with Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione.
The onshore volunteers talked to hundreds of people about Sea Shepherds current campaignes and the crowd we very generous with donations. Amanda Palmer also signed a Ukulele which will be auctioned in an upcoming fundraiser. Additionally, Melbourne's own 'Bed Room Philosopher' signed a copy of his book which we also be auctioned.
By On shore Volunteer crew member Alice Wilkin
20th November, 2011 "Sea Shepherd MODOM Launch"
Sea Shepherd had the absolute pleasure of attending an event in their honour at The Pier in Geelong in November. Hosted by Sea Shepherd supporter and all round nice guy Cameron Ling from the Geelong Football Club and owner of The Pier.
In excess of 700 people were in attendance to hear Captain Paul Watson speak about Sea Shepherds current campaign Operation Divine Wind, and as usual Paul Watson had everyone in the room enthralled. There were many sports personalities at the event including mega sports star surfer and Sea Shepherd advisory board member Stephanie Gilmore and Geelong Football legend Joel Selwood.
MODOM Surf launched their new range of Sea Shepherd merchandise on the night, which can now be purchased from http://shopau.seashepherd.org/store/c/472-Modom.aspx
And to top of a marvellous night there was a beautiful dolphin swimming around the pier, maybe to say thank you!
Sea Shepherd would like to say “Thank You” to the following people for their amazing help leading up to the night and on the night itself.
- Cameron Ling, Ling Property Group, MODOM Surf
- Stephanie Gilmore, Veronica, Craig and Sharnelle Cron, Anthony Ebejer
- Jordan Crooka, Dave Hughes and Demi Miles
By On shore Volunteer Amanda Watters
Photos Courtesy of www.fair-projects.org and Veronica Cron
17th November, 2011 "For The Salty Ones"
The 17th of November saw the coming together of the Melbourne chapters hard work over the past 12 months. The fantastic Espy in St Kilda was the place to be that Thursday night, and the amazing bands and comedians that donated their time to support our fantastic cause included The Pierce Brothers, A Commoners Revolt, Anna Paddick, Holy Cow and Brad Oakes. We also had a huge silent auction and a fantastic live auction with the centre piece of the live auction being a beautiful hard carved surfboard donated by the fantastic Steve Friedman.Our brilliant MC for the evening was the always impressive and entertaining Lindsay McDougall from Frenzel Rhomb.
Much fun and enjoyment was had by all the guests, with some guests having travelled for hours to hear Captain Paul Watson speak about Marine Conservation and the work of Sea Shepherd. The volunteers on the night did an amazing job of organising the event, selling merchandise and auction items and looking after the guests. Our youngest volunteers were also happy to play a massive part on the night selling an amazing amount of raffle tickets and spending time with Captain Paul Watson.
A huge big thanks to all involved!
13th November, 2011 Oceans Benefit Gig
On the 13th November, Woz, Alice, myself and Kate had the pleasure of the manning the stall at “Oceans – A Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Benefit Gig”. Organised by the amazing Bec, who currently isn’t an onshore volunteer (not for long we hope!) but loves what Sea Shepherd do so much she decided to organise a fundraiser. Held at the Prague Venue in Thornbury with bands Spider Goat Canyon, Sons of Abraham, Winterun, Riot In Toytown and Citizen, the night was a roaring success with lots of money raised from door sales as well as an art auction, raffles and a lucky dip with all the proceeds going towards Sea Shepherd. We also sold lots of merch throughout the night with some of the musicians particularly supportive of the cause and all wanting t-shirts! We handed out flyers and told lots of interested people to come to “For the Salty Ones” on the 17th of November to see and enjoy more awesome live music and see Captain Paul Watson speak. All in all a great night and I think we will definitely have some more passionate on-shore volunteers in the near future.
By on shore crew volunteer Cat Douglas
12th November, 2011 Eltham Festival
Eltham Hotel hosted a Community Fun Day in support of the State Emergency Service. Turning into a beautiful warm day the event consisted of several food stalls, arts and crafts, classic cars, karaoke and even Zumba lessons that all ages joined in on. Sea Shepherd had a stall amongst this fun family orientated event being a great day for outreach. People wondering who and what Sea Shepherd do, while many people gave continual support. With our flag waving in the wind one lady was driving by, noticed and stopped to give her support. Overall a great day and would like to thank the Eltham community for its always welcoming grace.
By on shore crew volunter Marika Forster
28th - 31st October, 2011 Eden Whale Festival
Sea Shepherd Melbourne were given the opportunity to run a stall at the Whale Festival in Eden. Eden is 560 Km east of Melbourne and is actually across the boarder in New South Wales.Although the stall was only open on the the 30th, everyone arrived in Eden on the 28th and returned home on the 31st, so we had plenty of time to explore the Whale Festival and what Eden had to offer including on historic sites and a whale watching cruise!
We were able to visit a number of viewing platforms especially for whale spotting as well as a historic (but thankfully not in use for over 80 years) Davidson's Whaling Station and the Killer Whale Museum.The stall was on Sunday at Snug Cove wharf in Twofold Bay. We managed to score a near perfect site offered to us by one of the local cafe owners right near the entrance, close to the stage where bands were playing and despite the sometimes unpredictable weather we were all kept very busy
We had a lot of people come to see us to talk and ask questions about Sea Shepherd and what we do. We were all very pleased that that everyone we spoke to was really concerned about marine conservation – perhaps not so surprising since one of Eden's main income sources is fishing. We even spoke with a couple of local journalists - one even bought a tee shirt. People also asked if one of the ships would be able to visit for next year's festival!
At different times, some of us took whale watching cruises,and to be able to get as close as we did to these magnificent creatures was a personal highlight for me and reminded me why a got involved with Sea Shepherd, and, how much is still left to do.
By on shore volunteer crew member Duncan Wilkins
22nd October, 2011 Point Cook Town Centre
Again the Sea Shepherd on shore crew headed down to the Point Cook Town Centre and was welcomed by the community with open arms. The outreach that Sea Shepherd has been doing in this area, we feel is starting to pay off with so many people wishing us well and telling us to keep up the great work in all that we are doing. We also had so many people come up and say they have been watching whale wars on pay TV, we assumed they are running re runs and that they loved the work that we are all doing. We again had lots of children giving donations and are noticing that when they do the parents are making them aware of what it is for and what we all do.
By on shore Volunteer crew member Craig Cron
15th October, 2011 Stringybark Sustainability Festival
The Stringybark Sustainably Festival was another success for Sea Shepherd. We once again generated a lot interest, had seasoned followers come for a chat and new volunteers join up. Not to mention the grateful donations and funds we received. The Sea Shepherd stall had the luxury of a long corner stall which allowed us to really flaunt it proudly. Sea Shepherd also had the opportunity to meet local Councilor Samantha Dunn who paid the stall a visit and had a photo taken with the volunteers. As well as the event manager had a big smile on his face to see our stall, welcoming us there and again next year. I personally think Sea Shepherd alone is the epitome of ocean conservation and sustainability and that was seen with the support expressed by the patrons of the Stringybark Sustainably Festival.
By on shore crew volunteer Aaron Ghattas
15th October, 2011 The Cannonball a Fundraiser for Sea Shepherd
Last Saturday night I had the great pleasure of joining some fellow volunteers at The Evelyn in Fitzroy for The Cannonball, a Pirate themed event in honour of Sea Shepherd. Veronica, Alice and I took this opportunity to dress up as true Pirate Wenches and rocked the night away to some amazing bands and live performers, including the fantastic Bertie Page Clinic. The Eveyln was wall to wall pirates and their beautiful wenches, and everyone there gave us amazing support and wanted their photo taken with some "real" pirates - us. As a complete novice to Burlesque I was blown away by how beautiful, energetic and inspiring these performers are, I think I may have actually found a new hobby.
By Australian Outreach Assistant and on-shore Volunteer Amanda Watters
15th October, 2011 Werribee Plaza
Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre was once again a great success for Sea Shepherd and the On shore crew .
Manning the stall on the day was Veronica, Craig , Thomas , Shannon and Kaylee. The people of the outer Western suburbs of Melbourne expressed what a great job it is that we are all doing and could not believe that the Japanese whaling fleet are once again returning to the Southern Ocean . Yet again we also had a lot of children approach our stall and are always asking questions on why someone would hurt a whale. We also had a family buy some of our new baby bibs and the twins were soon decked out as our newly acquainted little pirates.
By on shore crew volunteer Craig Cron
2nd October, 2011 Edgars Mission
The sun reappeared for the first time in a week for World Animals Day, which was a promising sign as volunteers from Sea Shepherd Melbourne ventured out to Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary. As well as the customary animals and activities on the farm, there were dozens of stalls representing compassionate organisations, and delicious and cheap cruelty-free food on sale, so it was no surprise that the thousands of visitors that had driven up from Melbourne had an enjoyable day. Many of these attendees visited the Sea Shepherd stall to express their support, mention their disgust at the recent announcement by the whalers that they would be returning to the Southern Ocean, collect some information, and buy some merchandise or make a donation. The result was another great day for the Melbourne onshore crew and for Sea Shepherd.
By Onshore crew volunteer Woz Tully
2nd October, 2011 Point Cook Market
Once again Sea Shepherd On Shore volunteers branched out in the Melbourne West and received a lot of interest. The public we spoke to were surprised as much as we were that the Japanese whaling fleet were returning to the Southern Ocean again this summer . On the stall we found that the school holidays affected the amount of people attending this market . We also had the boss of a toilet paper company here in Melbourne approach us and tell us that he had donated 12 months supply of paper for the crew of Bob Barker .
By On-shore volunteer Craig Cron
17th September, 2011. Werribee Plaza
Once again the people of Werribee and surrounding areas supported Sea Shepherd with open arms . Joining me last Saturday were Veronica, Thomas, Shannon, and Kaylee who gave up their morning for our oceans . We found this time around that we did not get asked a lot of questions, rather people were walking up telling us that we are all doing a great job and are hoping that we have shut down the Japanese whaling fleet for good . The highlight of our day was the kids asking there parents to buy or donate some money to stop the people hurting the whales .The last few stalls that we have done around the Western suburbs of Melbourne has shown that so many people are becoming more and more aware of who we are and what we do .
By on-shore crew volunteer Craig Cron
16th September, 2011
Presentation at Queenscliffe Dive Centre
Last Friday night I was joined by 3 other Melbourne volunteers including our fantastic co-ordinator Georgia to do a presentation for the Queenscliffe Dive Centre. We had a fantastic time speaking with the locals and learnt as much from them about diving as they did from us about Marine Conservation. Georgia showed us some of the brilliant photos she took in Taiji and as you can see from the photos below we had a lovely vegan picnic on the beach after the presentation. We were so excited to be there we forgot to take any photos of the presentation.
By Australian Outreach Assistant Amanda Watters
11th September, 2011 On-Shore Crew Clean up St Kilda Foreshore
Last Sunday morning a group of on shore volunteers braved the elements of Melbourne's spring weather at St Kilda beach . We started at 10.00am and we finished around 12.00pm In that time we collected 6 bags of rubbish that had discarded into our bay or onto our beach . We also found a large piece of plywood from a boat and a car tyre including the rim . We are all still blown away by just how much rubbish is picked up in such a small area in such a short amount of time . After we had battled away with the elements we sat down at the cafe to warm ourselves up with a warm coffee and chocolate and had a meal together . Once again thanks to all that gave up a few hours on Sunday to help our marine life .
By On-shore crew volunteer Craig Cron
10th September, 2011 Point Cook Centre
On Saturday the on shore Cron gang headed off to Point Cook Centre for their regular stall. We had a really good day. We had a lot of interest in regards to the "COVE" which screened a few weeks ago on free to air tv. We are starting to see a lot of Sea Shepherd Merchandise being worn around the area which is fantastic!
By on-shore crew volunteer Craig Cron
7th September, 2011 National Threatened Species Day - Southbank
Sea Shepherd volunteers went over to Queensbridge Square at Southbank to raise awareness about the plight of Blue Fin Tuna. There were many animal friendly groups there speaking about various threatened species and most of them brought along some wonderfully cute and cuddly animals, although Sea Shepherd did not take an endangered species, I think finding a Shark, Whale or Blue Fin Tuna to take was to big of a task. The volunteers had a great time speaking to school groups and locals on their lunch break.
13th August, 2011 Anarchist Book Fair
Australia’s first Anarchist Book fair was held at the Abbotsford convent and attracted a crowd of over five hundred passersby. With many similar book fair’s having been held around the globe, the inaugural event saw some twenty seven stalls with a diverse range of activist groups, info shops, bookstores and of course Sea Shepherd in attendance. Workshops were held continuously throughout the day covering topics from anarchist feminism to direct action, during which Sea Shepherd volunteer Alice Wilkin co-chaired the discussion with Iain Mcintyre author of the popular activist book “How to make trouble and influence people”. The diverse audience was extremely supportive of Sea Shepherd with many people showing enthusiasm to get involved in marine conservation and many donations were received with smiling faces. A consecutive book fair has been slated for next year following the success of this year’s event and no doubt Sea Shepherd will be making an appearance.
By Sea Shepherd On Shore Crew Volunteer Tom Bond
Photos credit: Woz Tully
12th,13th & 14th August, 2011
Sea Shepherd at Highpoint Shopping Town
Sea Shepherd visited Highpoint shopping centre last week, this stall sparked a lot of interest about who we are and what we do. We even had a celebrity call past and make a donation, Shane Jacobson AKA Kenny who is also in Charlie and Boots !
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Volunteer Craig Cron
6th August, 2011
Trivia Night, Kindness House
The Sea Shepherd Trivia Night was a fantastic success, we had 50 awesome and decicated people turn up on the saturday night for a fun-filled night of games and questions. Phil and Trix, the selfless and hardworking owners of Kindness House joined us briefly and Phil gave us one of the most inspiring and motivational speeches that I have ever heard. Prizes were donated by lovely local business including Mr Nice Guys Cupcakes, JudiArt and Jasper Hill Winery. There was much rivilary and competition in the room but it was also full of fun. Congratulations to the overall winners the "Stanley" table and an extra big thanks to my helpers on the night Jordan, Robyn and Janeanne. Thanks again to all who turned up and I hope to see you all at the next one.
By Australian Outreach Assistant Amanda Watters
31st July, 2011
National Tree Planting Day
On National tree Planting Day the Sea Shepherd Melbourne Volunteers teamed up with Southern Dandenong’s Community Nursery to plant 1500 native shrubs in “Birdsland Reserve” in Sleepy Belgrave. Some 15 dedicated environmentalists from the local area spent their morning knee deep in mud and slush in a beautiful reserve surrounded by native trees and local wildlife. It was such an invigorating and inspirational moment for all. We ended our morning with some local wines and large platters of fresh fruit and biscuits. Sea Shepherd presented the Nursery with an appreciation certificate for their kind financial donation towards the protection of our Oceans. A big thanks to all that helped on the day and a special thank you to Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew member Jordan Crooka for organising the event.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Volunteer Amanda Watters
22nd July, 2011
Rise Against gig
Once again Rise Against showed their support for SSCS on their 2011 Australian tour. On the back of dining with the crew of the Bob Barker in Sydney, Rise Against invited the Melbourne onshore crew to their Festival Hall gig where they headlined a show with iconic New York hardcore band Sick Of It All and Perth band Break Even.
The band were very generous with their time and talked to the star struck onshore crew backstage. They also signed some SSCS merchandise and a guitar, to be auctioned at the Melbourne SSCS fundraiser in November. The gig was sold out and Rise Against gave a huge shout out supporting SSCS and the brave ship volunteers.
Thank you Rise Against for your continued support for Sea Shepherd, and for kindly offering to share your vegan backstage food with the Melbourne on-shore volunteers. It was a great evening, and a big success for both the bands and the stall.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteer Alice Wilkin
11th June, 2011
Point Cook Stall
Our first stall done on our own at a shopping complex. It went really well, with heaps of interest. There were quite a few people who did not know about the SSCS. We had a lot of young kiddies walk past with their parents saying 'They are Pirates'!
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteer Veronica Cron
5th June, 2011
St Kilda Beach Clean-Up
On a cold and windy Sunday morning, while the rest of Melbourne were tucked up nicely in bed, 10 Sea Shepherd Melbourne volunteers joined me at St Kilda Beach to clean up the foreshore. After fuelling ourselves with a hot soy latte we ventured onto the beach. In the space of 30 minutes we had found 3 needles in an area that families enjoy picnics, and a large amount
of rubbish under the pier. When one of the volunteers went out to the rocks we found a door of a ship...yes a door, how amazing is that.
All up we eventually had 6 bags of rubbish in a space of 2 hours. What an amazing effort from an amazing bunch of dedicated volunteers.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteer Amanda Watters
20th May, 2011
Blue King Brown gig
We were luck enough to have a stall at Blue King Brown's Melbourne Gig at the Fourm. We were tucked in between the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Save West Papua.
Blue King Brown had an array of flags from all over the world hung up around the stage and the Jolly Roger was lucky enough to be hanging up there as well!
Thanks again to Blue King Browns ongoing support.
April 23, 2011
Frenzal Rhomb gig
This was one of the last gigs at one of Melbourne’s best venues, "The Arthouse", before it shuts down. The show was great and Frenzal Rhomb put on a great set. We got to talk to some of the people there and let them know a bit about what we do.
Frenzal are very supportive of Sea Shepherd and gave us a few shout outs on stage, as well as showing a short filmed declaration of their support for SSCS and their amazing pledge not to use or consume shark products, including "shark smoothies". Overall, a fantastic night.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Danica Daley
The Sea Shepherd stall (left) and Lindsay McDougall from Frenzal Rhomb with an SSCS donation box (right)
April 16th, 2011
Selby Festival - Dandenong Ranges
The Selby Festival, set in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges where I have been lucky enough to have grown up, was a fantastic day. Surrounded by gum trees and ferns and with the smell of vegan pizza floating up to our stall, the Sea Shepherd On-Shore Volunteer Crew were in for a wonderful day! We had so much support from the locals, reminding us that what we are doing is welcomed by people far and wide. Amongst tribal dances, belly dancing and essential oil demonstrations, the Sea Shepherd crew had the best day! I for one, cannot wait to go back next year.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Allison Watters
April 10th, 2011
Emerald Festival - Emerald
Sitting just off Main Street in Emerald, alongside everything from craft and period clothing stalls (and of course the Puffing Bill in the background!) the Sea Shepherd stall attracted a lot of interest from festival goers of all ages. Despite the weather keeping everyone on their toes, people were very keen to drop in and find out what Sea Shepherd was all about, ask a couple of questions, and even buy some merchandise! A big thank you to everyone who visited us, wished us well and asked us to 'keep up the good work'. A great day was had by all.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Duncan Wilkins
March 6th, 2011
Sydney Road Festival - Brunswick
Sea Shepherd Melbourne were excited to again be a part of the annual Sydney Road street festival. Melbourne's unseasonaly wintry weather took a short break as the sun shone brightly, helping to attract thousands of festival goers to the vibrant, multicultural event. The on-shore crew had a great time chatting with many a passer-by and selling our merchandise. It was a fantastic day!
March 4th, 2011
Soundwave Festival - Melbourne Showgrounds
Battling constant rain and windy conditions, dedicated Melbourne Sea Shepherd volunteers set up stall at the annual Soundwave Festival held at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Decked out in pirate gear at the request of the Soundwave organisers, the on-shore crew had an excellent time chatting to the keen Iron Maiden, The Bronx and Millencolin fans, and sold many beanies, long-sleeved tops and anything else the festival goers could get their hands on to keep warm! Sea Shepherd Australian Director, Jeff Hansen came along for the day and was invited up on stage during the Pennywise set to give a short speech about our succesful Operation No Compromise campaign, which was a hit with the large crowd. A huge thanks goes out to the incredibly generous Soundwave organisers, as well as to Pennywise frontman Zoli and the rest of the band for all their support!
February 26th, 2011
Amanda Palmer Gig - The Forum
On the 26 February the legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and ukulele player, Amanda Palmer hit Melbourne. She performed a colourful and energetic two and a half hour set. Sea Shepherd Melbourne were delighted to be given the opportunity to hold an information stall in the foyer of the venue.
It was a great night for the on-shore volunteer crew who informed hundreds of people about the causes that Sea Shepherd fight for. And at the end of the night we were very excited to meet Amanda Palmer! Amanda also signed lots Sea Shepherd merchandise that will be auctioned at the Sea Shepherd fundraiser late 2011. Michelangelo (musician, part of Amanda's Australian band, and the man with the amazing voice) also donated some of his CDs and signed them for the fundraiser. Thank you to all the people who came and said hello, Michelangelo, Amanda Palmer, and her very supportive manager.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Alice Wilkin.
Sea Shepherd on-shore volunteers with Michelangelo (left) and Amanda Palmer (right).
Signed merchandise donated for the upcoming Sea Shepherd fundraiser.
February 13th, 2011
St. Kilda Festival
The annual St Kilda Festival, showcasing the diverse local community and the beautiful Port Phillip bay, was held on 13th February - and Sea Shepherd Melbourne was lucky enough to be there with a stall. The festival featured a range of entertainment including musical acts such as Tim Finn, Jebediah and The Break. The Sea Shepherd On-shore Crew braved the strong winds, sun and a difficult location and ended up having a brilliant day talking to people about Sea Shepherd and the current campaigns, handing out info and selling mechandise. Thanks to everyone who battled the record breaking crowd of 420,000 people to visit us at the stall and all the volunteers who helped make it a very successful day.
January 30th, 2011
Big Day Out - Flemington Race Course
On the 30th of January the annual Melbourne Big Day Out attracted over 50,000 die hard music fans. Members of Sea Shepherd’s on-shore crew set up a stall in the 40 degree heat, however the weather didn’t stop the enthusiasm of both the volunteers and curious people passing by, as the Sea Shepherd stall was one of the most popular in the market, with continual sales and succesful recruitment of new fans!
The highlight of the day was when Aussie hip hoppers Bliss N Eso and local roots band Blue King Brown both expressed their support for Sea Shepherd onstage, and even displayed our flags while they performed. A huge thank you goes out to these incredible musicians! Also a big thanks must go out to the festival organisers for inviting us and the festival attendees who donated so generously to Sea Shepherd.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Alice Wilkin.
January 28th - 30th, 2011
Rites of Passage Tattoo Convention and Arts Festival - Royal Exhibition Building
Sea Shepherd were lucky to be offered a stall at the recent Rites of Passage Tattoo Convention. This inaugural event was the first of its kind for Melbourne and it attracted talent from all over the world. Famous tattoo artists who might normally have up to a 5 year waiting list made themselves available over this three day convention to give an opportunity to their fans in Melbourne to have their artwork permanently imprinted on them. The program was crammed full of entertainment acts, with an amazing line up of bands, comedians and guest speakers including Sea Shepherd ex-crew Doctor, Merryn Redenbach who gave a great address to the crowd.
Sea Shepherd volunteers were given a huge amount of support by the organisers, the public and various bands. Dallas Frasca (a longtime Sea Shepherd supporter) gave us a kind plug during her performance, and gypsy folk band Rapskallion dedicated a sea shanty to their friends at Sea Shepherd. The uplifting beats of Bomba included impromptu versus about Sea Shepherd and had a crowd dancing in front of our stall.
The generosity and never ending support shown by so many towards Sea Shepherd was unforgettable and there are many heart warming tales of people who would stop and very generously donate money. A special mention also goes to go to Dr Rev, blood artist. Dr Rev is a tattoo artist by trade who has turned his artistic passion towards creating unusual blood artwork. Australian born, Rev continues to live and work in Sydney Australia however, has artwork in most countries around the world. During the course of the festival Dr Rev spent many hours very studiously creating his next piece of art. Once finished, he kindly auctioned the piece, and donated the proceeds to Sea Shepherd! Dr Rev had also donated all the money that had been collected at his stall. Our most heartfelt thanks go to Dr Rev and to everyone else for their support and well wishes on the day.
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Mary Verikios
January 23rd, 2011
Beach Clean Up - St. Kilda Foreshore
The sun greeted us after what seemed an eternity of bad weather and consequent flooding around Australia. Beaming in our pirate black armed with our gloves, tongs and garbage bags, we first met for a lovely Sunday breakfast at the Beachcombers Café where we briefed for the cleanup operation. Some of us were armed with sharps containers should the needs arise, after partaking in sharps training at the Sea Shepherd head office only a few nights earlier.
The beach looked surprisingly clean after being raked by a beach tractor only hours before. Little did we know, it’s not until you get close to the ground, that suddenly thousands of bits of rubbish magically appear! The first mound of grass adjacent to the beach we came across filled all of us with disbelief and shock over the masses of cigarette butts discarded thoughtlessly. The words ‘this is disgusting!’ were heard many times, yet it was a bitter sweet moment realising that the waste would be properly disposed of and not destined to be a murderous tool for an unsuspecting gull, turtle or fish. Around half an hour on this small patch of grass saw us collect over 1000 cigarette butts, hundreds of bottle tops and other rubbish.
Directly next to the rocks on the sand was the visible line created by the turning tractor rake. A collection of dried seaweed and sticks mangled with a myriad of plastics lay here. We also discovered a web of rubbish, straws, packing tape, bottle lids, band aids, lolly wrappers, discarded fishing gear and other types of human made but no longer loved products. Our bags were filling quickly!
"You found a penguin!?" Georgia asked excitedly with her ear glued to her mobile. Everyone stood up and turned to Georgia anxiously waiting the information to be relayed. We quickly learned that volunteers Jack and Michelle had found a sick penguin at the end of the pier. We burst into action calling Penguin Rescue and collecting a box from the café to ease the fairy (little) penguin’s anxiety. The Penguin Rescue representative arrived swiftly and took the fledging into care. As I am writing this the penguin is still in care with the Penguin Rescue group.
The beach cleanup was a big success and we would like to thank all the volunteers who took part, especially our brand new volunteers as this was their first mission. Collectively we managed to fill 8 bags of rubbish just in this small section of beach. We have learned a lot and will be better prepared for our next one. We finished the day with a little picnic of vege sausages under a nearby palm tree. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!
By Sea Shepherd On-Shore Crew Member, Bridgette Gower
If you would like to join our Melbourne Sea Shepherd On-Shore crew, please check the volunteer
section of the website.
December 17th, 2010
No Sleep Til Festival - Melbourne Showgrounds
Thanks to everyone involved in organising the No Sleep Til festival this year, Sea Shepherd Melbourne were thrilled to be offered a last minute spot in their market space, in prime position - directly facing the main stage! The Sea Shepherd on-shore crew worked hard on the day amidst a back-drop of both local and international legendary bands, and were lucky enough to be rewarded with a rest break when Lindsay McDougall of Frenzal Rhomb took over the selling for a while! It was great to see so many fans taking the time out between acts such as Megadeth, NOFX, the Dropkick Murphys and The Descendents, on their first ever Australian show, to come down and show their support for Sea Shepherd.
December 8th, 2010
Sea Shepherd Volunteer Christmas Party - Little Creatures Beer Hall, Fitzroy
A few weeks after the Operation No Compromise Launch Party and the Melbourne Sea Shepherd on-shore volunteer crew were still recovering. What better way to celebrate the success of the night, as well as the end of a great year of attending various festivals, events and outreach programs than with a Christmas party at the Little Creatures Beer Hall? After a meeting at Kindess House to both debrief and welcome new Sea Shepherd volunteers to the team, we moved along to the hall where delicious food was enjoyed and the beer flowed, and volunteers talked tactics for 2011. If you are interested in becoming a Sea Shepherd volunteer, please visit our volunteer section
of the website!
November 25th, 2010
Operation No Compromise Launch Party - La Di Da, Melbourne
The Operation No Compromise Launch party was a raging success! La Di Da Melbourne was packed to the rafters with both old supporters and interested new fans yearning to hear the Captain Paul Watson deliver one of his famous speeches. He did not disappoint, and spoke of the plight of our ocean's marine wildlife and ecosystems, inspiring and motivating the crowd. Triple J's 'The Doctor', Lindsay McDougall as MC not only injected comedy into the evening, but did a fantastic job at revving up the crowd as he auctioned off a recovered, framed piece of the Ady Gil, personal training sessions from the Vegan Body Builders and one of the most popular auction items, fetching $750 - one of Bob Barker crewmember Benjamin Potts' dreadlocks!
Labor MP Nathan Murphy kindly gave a speech a mere two days before the State election, contributing to the excitement of the crowd. Silent auction items were fiercly bid over and great raffle prizes were also to be won, with all proceeds going directly to Sea Shepherd. The night would not have been possible without the incredible, hard work of the Melbourne on-shore volunteer crew who worked tirelessly, without a single complaint - not only on the night, but for the weeks leading up to the event. Their efforts were inspirational, and rewarded with the knowledge that 100% of all the takings from the night went straight to the upcoming Operation No Compromise Antarctic campaign. A huge thank you to the team and to Melbourne volunteer coordinator Georgia for getting everyone organised!
We would also like to thank the countless number of people and businesses that also helped make this night such a success, by donating goods, services and their time. Special thanks to Geoffrey Bowll of Starship. As the Sea Shepherd fleet recently left port for the Southern Ocean, we may now watch where all the funds generated on the night have gone, and hope we bring the illegal poaching of whales to an end in 2011!
Photos: Georgia Laughton
November 8th, 2010
Monthly Volunteer Meeting - M/Y Bob Barker
Our Melbourne volunteers were in for a change of scenery at November's volunteer meeting. Rather than meeting at Kindness House in Fitzroy, the team got together to plan our upcoming fundraising event, talk tactics and future stalls and festivals on the MV Bob Barker helipad. The location and stunning view of Melbourne from the ship helped with the inspiration and brainstorming! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please check out our volunteer page
November 7th, 2010
The Sea Shepherd Volunteer team had a great day at the Maroondah Festival. We were lucky enough to get a stall in their Sustainable Living section, alongside Edgar's Mission and other great organisations. Interested new fans and supporters flocked to the stall to learn more about Sea Shepherd and buy merchandise - a great, successful day with a lot of fun had by all!
October 31st, 2010
World Vegan Day - Abbotsford Convent
Despite the rain, thousands of eager people turned up to eat their way through the festival and most of them stopped by the Sea Shepherd stall to learn about what we are up to and get their hands on one of our fantastic new t-shirts.
The Sea Shepherd love was in abundance and we received a number of generous donations towards our ‘Operation No Compromise’ Launch event on November 25, as well as food to sustain our hard-working crew through our upcoming Antarctic campaign. A huge thanks to all our supporters and organisers who made it such a successful day.
October 3rd, 2010
World Animal Day - Edgar's Mission
Sea Shepherd Melbourne, embracing the unsually sunny conditions, had a fantastic time at Edgar's Mission celebrating World Animal Day 2010. Fans of all ages came along to check out the stall, buy merchandise and sign up to learn more about Sea Shepherd. Volunteers Georgia, Warren and Sarah were great at rallying up support and donations for our upcoming campaign, and the day was a great success! We also recruited a new member... welcome, the Sea Sheep!
September 7th, 2010
National Threatened Species Day - Federation Square
Despite the cold weather and ominous, looming clouds, passers by and many a school student made it down to Federation Square for the National Threatened Species Day. Sea Shepherd Melbourne were honoured to be invited as one of eight groups who participated in the day, that featured local zoos and wildlife parks with the aim of educating and raising awareness about the plight of endangered species. A huge thanks goes out to volunteers Warren and Bridgette who manned the stall and answered a few hairy questions from our young fans, as well as ex-crew members Merryn and Zoe, for getting up on stage and spreading the word of all the great work we do!
August 13th, 2010
Bliss N Eso Gig
Sea Shepherd Melbourne were honoured to be invited to run a stall at Aussie Hip Hoppers Bliss N Eso's concert, and talk with the boys before they got up on stage and rocked the crowd. The boys are big supporters of Sea Shepherd and even gave a quick, impromptu speech halfway through their performance while holding up our Jolly Roger flag! A huge thank you goes out to Bliss N Eso and Ism for all their support and allowing us to be part of such a great night!
June and July, 2010
Butterfly Effect Gigs
We were lucky enough to get an invitation from Aussie rockers The Butterfly effect to sell our stickers, beanies and badges at their rescent 'Four Wheels and a Heartbeat' tour of Victoria. The boys are big Sea Shepherd supporters and lead singer Clint Boge and bass player Glenn Esmond even posed for a photo with the Jolly Rodger flag. A huge thanks goes out to this awesome band for all their on-going support of the work we do!
April 30th, 2010
Sherbrooke Community School
Crew and onshore volunteers alike were left stunned and amazed by the incredible fundraiser organised by Sherbrooke Community School students Jordan Crooka and Kate Henderwood. The entire community, including numerous local parliamentarians, came out in force to be given a sneak peak into the lives of crew members on campaign in Antarctica by Waltzing Matilda crew member Campbell Holland. Follow that up with delicious vegan food, music performed by many gifted local musicians and an auction featuring items donated by Ben Harper, Powderfinger and Pearl Jam and you have what was easily one of the most inspiring and joyous celebrations of both Sea Shepherd and our most successful Whale Defense campaign to date.
April 30th, 2010
Xavier Rudd Concert - The Palace Theatre
Making sure the Jolly Roger was front and centre, proud Sea Shepherd supporter, Xavier Rudd, debuted tunes from his latest album to an adoring crowd in Melbourne. Three lucky Melbourne volunteers were in attendance, spreading the Sea Shepherd word whilst grooving along to Xavier and his band. Those with a keen eye would have noticed that even the banjo player, who joined the band late in the set, was wearing a ‘Stop shark finning’ T-Shirt! A great night of peace, love, and oceanic-compassion.
February 28th, 2010
Sydney Road Street Party
Despite the threat of rain in the early morning Melbourne did what it does best and gave us four seasons in one day for the Sydney Road Street Party! As the sun came out to shine the bands came out to play, and the patrons came out to stroll amongst the stalls (many with dogs, to the great delight of Sea Shepherd volunteers.) Being located near the Roots Stage, SSCS volunteers were able to join in the celebrations of the day, whilst sharing with everyone the joy of knowing that no whales were being killed at the time of the festival, as both our ships the Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin were at that very moment blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru!
February 26th, 2010
Soundwave Music Festival
Finding Sea Shepherd Volunteers to attend the Soundwave Festival held at Flemington Show Grounds this year was a breeze, thanks to the bargaining power of all the amazing bands in attendance. With our stall situated near the main stage we were able to rock out to the tunes of Jane's Addiction, Faith No More and Eagles of Death Metal as they provided the soundtrack for our chats about the sinking of the Ady Gil and Captain Pete Bethune’s impending arrest in Tokyo.
January 26th, 2010
Big Day Out
Sea Shepherd Melbourne again made its presence felt at the 2010 Big Day Out, educating thousand's of festival goers about the important work Sea Shepherd continues to undertake in order to protect the world's oceans and its wildlife.
Kindness House steps - Kindness House
Melbourne coordinator Sara leads the way with Sea Shepherd's ongoing presence on the steps of Kindness House on Brunswick St, Melbourne.
Volunteers take to the steps regularly in order to create awareness of marine conservation issues.
Photo Credit: Timothy Watters
October 4th, 2009
World Animal Day - Edgar's Mission
What better place to celebrate World Animal Day than at Edgars Mission?
Sea Shepherd volunteers happily braved the rainy weather to joining Edgar (the resident pig who inspired the foundation of this wonderful sanctuary) and his friends at their home and spread the word whilst promoting Sea Shepherd's upcoming whale defence campaign, 'Operation Waltzing Matilda'.
Cows, sheep, massive pigs, turkeys, and chickens happily and confidently mingled with the attendees of the day, with the sheep seeming to take a particular interest in what we had to say.
Photos Credit: Timothy Watters
September 18th-20th, 2009
Blueprint Music Festival - Ararat
The first annual ‘Blueprint Music Festival’ was intended to mark the beginning of the summer festival season. Arriving at the giant meteor-crated location after 3 hours of rain, and welcomed by mud and bogged vehicles, ‘summer’ was not exactly the word that sprung to our minds.
Thankfully, Saturday brought the sun, and we enjoyed a day of sitting about at our lovely stall enjoying the surroundings and fresh air. We were able to discuss the whaling-dilemma and advertise our upcoming campaign, ‘Operation Waltzing Matilda’ with other stall-holders and staff of the event.
As people started to relax (and dry-out) on the Saturday they got into the organic environment of the festival and we received more attention. The highlight of the festival came in the evening as blues and roots band, Blue King Brown gave Sea Shepherd some much appreciated love & support from the main stage.
Their message was clearly heard, as throughout Saturday night and Sunday we were swamped with support and questions, and had to fight the crowds off in order to head home before nightfall.
So all in all, a very worthwhile event. I can safely say that the Blueprint volunteers are all well-trained in the elements now, so bring on Antarctica!
Photos Credit: Timothy Watters
August 29th, 2009
Clean Oceans Event - St Andrews Recreational Center
Sea Shepherd volunteers were invited to attend the Clean Oceans event held near St Andrews beach on the Mornington Peninsula.
A fantastic day with a lot of support and interest from the local community.
Photos credit: Bryce Watson
Steve Irwin docks in Melbourne
Following the highly successful 'Operation Migaloo' campaign, the MV Steve Irwin docked in the heart of Melbourne in order to take on a fresh batch of volunteers and attend to some repairs and maintinence in preperation for the 2008/2009 campaign, 'Operation Musashi'.
The decks were re-painted, shelving added throughout the boat, and plans were made for a helicopter hangar.
Many thanks to all who traveled from both near and far to help out!
Photos Credit: Timothy Watters
April 7th, 2007
Rip Curl Pro - Bells Beach
by Jonny Vasic
Sea Shepherd attended the Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition at Bells Beach this past Easter weekend. Captain Paul Watson, Captain Alex Cornelissen, and International Director Jonny Vasic teamed up with Sea Shepherd's Tourquey Coordinator Jason Ruttely and supporter Steve Perry to meet with members of the surf community.
August 6th, 2006
by Peter Hammarstedt, Ships' Liaison Officer
Support for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's mission to shutdown the illegal Japanese whaling fleet spread from the coast further inland as Ships' Liaison Peter Hammarstedt and former Melbournian crewmember Kristy Whitefield were invited to speak at the Ballarat Organization for Animal Rights (BOAR) Annual General Meeting. Local press was in attendance as Peter Hammarstedt provided a history of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, stressing the importance of returning to Antarctica at the end of the year to stop the Japanese from commencing a full-scale resumption of commercial whaling. An incredible interest was shown by the attendees in the role of Australians in ending the slaughter. Peter Hammarstedt emphasized that it was the duty of all Australians to encourage their government representatives to uphold the soverignity of the Australian Antarctic Territory by sending down a warship to order the Japanese out.
Peter Hammarstedt and Kristy Whitefield were presented with a cheque and donation of vegan food by the attendees, who thanked Sea Shepherd for being a group that doesn't just talk, but takes direct action. It is with great pleasure that the crew of the Farley Mowat sees support for the anti-whaling movement spread throughout Australia.
Sea Shepherd would like to thank BOAR for inviting Peter Hammarstedt and Kristy Whitefield to speak at their Annual General Meeting. The tremendous support shown by BOAR stands as yet another testament to the fact that Australians are overwhelming concerned about the welfare of animals and that together we can end whaling in our lifetime. "We are fighting the same war on different fronts", Ships' Liaison Peter Hammarstedt stated before heading back to Melbourne.
May 22nd, 2006
Jon Sumby together with Sea Shepherd Melbourne, held an educational fundraiser talk, again at RMIT, called "Ocean Life: Overfishing and the marine environment". The talk (photo below), with an array of informative photos and data, was damning of modern fishing industry practices.
April 9th, 2006
We held a pre-release screening of "March of the Penguins" as a fundraiser. It was a great success with a near full house!
Photos by Michael Williams, "It's a Wildlife", Newport, Vic.
March 15th, 2006
International Seal Action Day, we held a peaceful protest outside of the Canadian Consulate, raising awareness of the sealing issue with many who had never heard of it, including a few Canadians.
In early February, Captain Paul Watson spoke to a large crowd of supporters at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) about Sea Shepherd's Southern Ocean Campaign to stop Japanese whalers. This year, he and his crew managed to prevent them from killing whales for two weeks.