Meet the crew of the M/Y Steve Irwin on Operation Jeedara 2018
NAME: Anteo Broadfield
I have been sailing with Sea Shepherd since December 2013.
During that time I have been sailing quite constantly on the ships and participated in campaigns on nearly every ocean ranging from the Faroe Islands to the Antarctic continent.
Before I joined Sea Shepherd I was the skipper of a game fishing charter vessel but did not feel happy in my position, killing fish for tourists day in day out. So I realised I no longer wanted to interact with the ocean in that way, exploiting its inhabitants. I managed to meet Peter Hammarstead at a fundraiser and found myself on the M/Y Brigitte Bardot shortly after.
Sea Shepherd still stands for the same values as I do and measures its success the same way I would, and that is the number of lives saved every campaign.
So I am extremely proud and happy to be able to work for such an effective organization.
FOR THE OCEANS.
NAME: Jeff Hansen
POSITION: Campaign Leader & Managing Director - Sea Shepherd Australia,
Director – Sea Shepherd Global
Jeff joined Sea Shepherd in 2006 as a ground support volunteer in the Perth Chapter and his passion for direction action, marine conservation and the natural world was quickly noticed, as well as his understanding and respect of humanity's complete reliance on nature and biodiversity, in that our survival depends on it.
Jeff has served on two Antarctic whale defence campaigns, co-led a campaign that successfully stopped the world's biggest gas hub from going through the middle of the world’s biggest humpback whale nursery off the Kimberley coast, led a campaign that stopped the Western Australia shark cull and currently leads (as part of an alliance) an ongoing Great Australian Bight defence campaign, which so far has been successful in stopping BP and Chevron from drilling for oil in the rich, fragile and bio diverse waters of the Bight, in waters deeper and rougher and more remote, than the Gulf of Mexico.
Jeff is a qualified Electronic and Computer Engineer (hons) and has a Diploma of Education, secondary. However to jeff, nature is the greatest show on earth!
Born in Melbourne, but now living near Fremantle, Western Australia, Jeff likes diving, surfing, skiing, painting and keeping fit, having completed two Ironman Triathlons (one with a broken arm) and a number of marathons.
He and his wife Marina are also wildlife rehabilitators, caring for sick and injured Bobtail lizards. Jeff is also a very proud dad of his little girl Abby, born December 2010 and boy Beau born September 2013.
NAME: Haans Siver
POSITION: Ship Manager / Second Officer
My journey started when I came across the Taiji dolphin slaughter on YouTube. As I did more and more research into this atrocity, I found out about Sea Shepherd. That was 7 years ago and I have never looked back.
While on land I have been the Education Coordinator for Sea Shepherd Australia and the Ships' Donations Coordinator, doing what I can to provide for the ships and spread awareness. At sea, I am an Officer of the Watch navigating the ship through high traffic areas in the Malacca Straits to the icefields of Antarctica.
I love the camaraderie of the Sea Shepherd crew. When we are at sea we are like one big international family. People on the ship are from all different sides of the planet and all different occupations - doctors, nurses, carpenters, electricians. Yet we are all here for the same reason - to help protect this planet from extinction.
Sea Shepherd gives me a platform to make changes and spread awareness to others, so we can all be informed and make daily changes to keep our planet alive.
I have always been a bit of an animal activist, even as a kid, but I'm older now and the Internet has become the best tool for information. As far as I'm concerned there are no excuses anymore for ignorance. We have the power to make the changes we need to keep our planet in one piece.
At this rate, we are going to fish out our oceans and cut down all our forests within my lifetime. I cannot just stand by and do nothing. I have the resources and the power to fight.
After 5 campaigns, I still have the drive to do more.
NAME: Geoff Cann
Born 1965 in Canberra ACT, I grew up as a young boy in Nauru, and later on started to volunteer at a local wildlife sanctuary as a 10 year old. Joining the Navy at 15, I was able to see many beautiful environments around the world. I Learnt to Scuba Dive 1n 1997 and went on to instructor level a few years later. I Also went on to attain my cavern/ sinkhole rating, enjoying wonderful fresh water and sea water caves. So for me it was a very natural progression to get involved with Sea Shepherd.
I first heard of Sea Shepherd in 2006, but it took seeing the broken outrigger of the Brigitte Bardot which threw a switch that has never turned off since. I made contract with a few like-minded South Australians in early 2012, and within a month took the reins and really started to build a chapter with the intent of making a difference and empowering others.
So whether working the stalls, doing outreach, cleaning the beaches, creating events, crewing the ships, delivering goods and services or raising awareness, my passion for Sea Shepherd has never been stronger. I believe that protecting the environment must come first if we are to have any hope for the future
NAME: Chris Crebbinr
I have always had an affinity with nature and as an Aboriginal I feel it is my responsibility to look after the land and sea. My mother was the first environmentalist I ever meet and she instilled in me a sense of belonging to country.
To fight for our planet is in my DNA. Our earth is in trouble and joining Sea Shepherd with our direct-action approach, is a hands-on way to make a difference.
NAME: Rudy Speer
POSITION: Chief Engineer
I have been a conservationist since I saw the damage done to the environment by industrial and domestic waste and observing that once we stopped polluting and cleaned up, nature was able to recover.
Having lived in Eden NSW and being a SCUBA diver I witnessed the decimation of marine life by poachers and marine pollution.
When Sea Shepherd asked me to join them in April 2017 i thought it would be a great opportunity for me to do something proactive for the environment and to ensure my grandchildren have a cleaner biodiverse planet to live in.
NAME: Dan Villa
POSITION: Second Engineer
From Seattle, I've been busy opposing the disastrous plan to expand offshore drilling in the United States.
When I heard the Steve needed another engineer to help oppose offshore drilling in the Bight, I was happy to return and sail once again on the M/Y Steve Irwin.
NAME: Colin Munday
POSITION: Third Engineer
I have lived on a canal boat in West London, UK for the last ten years and have my own boat maintenance business.
I took on semi-retirement in 2015 so that I would have more time to work for the two charities that I am passionate about, Crisis which helps gets homeless people of the streets and Sea Shepherd who I have been a keen supporter and on-shore volunteer for the past three years.
As an engineer I hope I can help Sea Shepherd by keeping it's fleet of ships going so that they can continue the excellent job of promoting ocean conservation to the world.
NAME: Simon Ager
POSITION: Chief Mate
Almost nine years and eighteen campaigns with Sea Shepherd. Coming full circle, I find myself back on the Steve Irwin, my first ship, that I haven’t revisited since Operation ‘Blue Rage I’ in 2010.
Back then I barely knew how to tie a knot. I’ve come a long way since then, bringing my career as a photographer and graphic artist to the table and moving through the ranks on the bridge from Quartermaster to Chief Mate.
The oceans continue to be a draw, as long as there is work to be done out here my feet will be firmly rooted onboard a ship somewhere in the world.
NAME: Priya Cooper
POSITION: Chief Cook
My name is Priya and I am from a small coastal town in Australia called Byron Bay. In 2013 I quit my University degree in Conservation Biology to do my first Sea Shepherd campaign and like a barnacle stubbornly affixed to the hull, I have been on the ships for the better part of the ensuing years.
My role on the ship is to work in the galley with Operation Milagro being my eighth Sea Shepherd campaign.
NAME: Roshanna Bain
I’m a 28 year old registered nurse from Nairn, Scotland. I am currently volunteering as a cook in the galley of the Steve Irwin. I love to cook for people and have a passion for vegan cooking. I have been vegan for over 2 years now, this is what led me to discover the devastating impact that animal agriculture and fishing has on our planet and precious oceans.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, species extinction and climate change. Overfishing is causing the depletion of our marine life, if we carry on the way we are going there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2048. Around 80% of our oxygen comes from the phytoplankton in the sea - the collapse of our oceans would result in disaster for all life on our planet.
Since learning of this I have felt a strong passion and duty to act in every way I can to protect our vulnerable planet and all on it. There is nothing more urgent or important. I have been so inspired by the amazing direct action that Sea Shepherd takes to defend, conserve and protect all beautiful marine life and their habitat. I admire the approach in directly stopping illegal fishing vessels, helping to remove plastic waste, working with governments, and educating the world on all the threats to our oceans and environment and what we can do to help.
To be onboard and with these real life superheroes and learn from them is a dream. I feel it is all of our responsibility to take action to ensure a better future for our planet. If you are interested then visit the website and volunteer or get involved in any way you can.
NAME: Sahanika Ratnyaki
NATIONALITY: Sri Lankan
POSITION: Third Cook
I decided to join Sea Shepherd for their Jeedera campaign because of my frustration with the ongoing inaction on climate change. I have volunteered and worked with other NGOs and community groups for some time but this is my first time volunteering with Sea Shepherd.
When I am not cooking Sri Lankan food for the crew in the galley, I am a graduate student who studies Philosophy.
My best experience with Sea Shepherd so far was the time a baby dolphin and it's mother swam up to me as I was leaning over the side of the deck trying not to be nauseous on our transit from Melbourne to Adelaide.
NAME: Sarah Hayward
POSITION: Bosun’s Mate
I have been with Sea Shepherd for the last 2 years. In that time I have been able to work in Antarctica on our most recent whale defence campaign, after that I went to join the Bob Barker in West Africa to assist in Operation Albacore, patrolling for Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing.
In my time with Sea Shepherd I have experienced a lot of incredible first hand encounters with wildlife, but I have also been witness to the incredible destruction our oceans are facing.
It is in these moments that show me why we fight. I am excited to work on a campaign in our backyard, fighting for another beautiful part of Australia at risk.
NAME: Peter Wiseman
POSITION: Third Mate
When not volunteering with Sea Shepherd, I work as an Occupational Therapist in Northern Victoria. I have been a crew member with Sea Shepherd for the past two years. I started as deck crew on the Steve Irwin and participated in the first Jeedara campaign in 2016.
In 2016-17, I served in the bridge of the Steve Irwin as a Quartermaster for Operation Nemesis in the Southern Ocean/Antartica. I have also been deck crew on the Farley Mowat in the Californian Gulf as part of Operation Milagro IV.
Name: Damien Rotella
I've been involved with Sea Shepherd for over two years now and I've been part of three campaigns so far: Operation Icefish II, Operation Driftnet
and Operation Apex Harmony Timor Leste.
These campaigns were IUU fishing campaigns, the new direction that Sea Shepherd is taking nowadays. We work more and more with governments and our patrols keep saving and protecting all marine wildlife, from whales to endangered species of sharks.
We still use non violent direct action to stop poachers and this is what got me into Sea Shepherd. Indeed, being able to make a difference for the oceans while respecting the laws is, according to me, our true strength.
Operation Jeedara had an enormous success two years ago when BP cancelled their plans. But there still are some oil companies that want to drill into one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places on earth, The Great Australian Bight. An oil spill would completely destroy the Australian coastline, all the way to the Reef, and it is not "if", it's "when" it will happen, it would be too late.
This year we'll be doing underwater surveys with the South Australian government to show the world that our oceans deserve defence, conservation and protection.
I'm from a place in the french alps where there's no sea or ocean. But I truly think that it is our duty now to fight for our planet, it is still time to stop the killing machine. The oceans are what provide us breathable air, if we keep consuming it at this pace, it is a very unstable and unhealthy future that we are building. And this future is as soon as tomorrow.
Thank you for your support, we could not do what we do without you.
NAME: Massimo Bonadei
Although I grew up in the mountains of Northern Italy, I always had a great connection with the sea. When I was 10, I had my first experiences in freediving, and then came the scuba diving licenses.
From the passion for the sea, is born the instinct to have to do something to protect it. Being witness and being aware that marine habitats were changing at impressive speed.
I knew of Sea Shepherd around 2009, and I became an onshore volunteer in 2012. The instinct to do something has turned again into passion.
I had the opportunity to join my first campaign "Operation Siracusa" in 2014 and grew along with the Italian chapter.
In the last year, I travelled as a volunteer, going from North to South America, from a few sailing experiences to the wild jungle, with only one goal: know the world and to be able to do something about it.
I'm really excited to have reached the Steve Irwin crew. It’s a great opportunity for me to give my contribute to the protection of the marine life, hopefully more people every day will join us in this cause!
Name: Maddie Rasmussen
Position/Ship: Deckhand / The MV Steve Irwin
I was previously studying a Bachelor of Science degree, but quit as I soon realised that science and research come to be routinely ignored, and corporate interests seem to win at every turn, so for now, I continue to volunteer my time to saving the oceans, our life source. My previous campaigns have been: Operation Icefish II, Operation Driftnet, and Operation Apex Harmony.
I want to save our oceans. I want to save all of the life within our oceans. I want to save our world from what my species has done to it. I feel the only way I can do this is by learning and understanding as much as I possibly can about this complex ecosystem, and the destruction that is taking place. I need to be on the front line and Sea Shepherd allows me to do that, so I've dedicated my time with them for the last 3 years.
The beauty and diversity of the world’s oceans needs to be seen and no amount of research papers that I submit will inspire the change that is needed in the time we have left. We are no longer living on a planet that requires nothing from us, we are the ones determining how long this world survives. Our generation is the generation that needs to do something, and to act now.
Name: Fletcher Coates
I grew up on an island and I've always held the ocean close to me. My first dive on the Great Barrier reef was absolutley breath taking. As an avid scuba diver, I’ve dived all over the world and seen first hand the destruction and abuse of the world’s coral reefs and oceans.
Throughout my life this has enraged me, this is my opportunity to right the wrongs. Operation Jeedara II will be an exciting campaign to the Great Australian Bight and I'm honored to be apart of it. To travel to The Bight on the Steve Irwin is an opportunity too good to be true
Name: Lewis Duguid
My name is Lewis and I have been onboard the Steve Irwin now for 3 months.
I am absolutely honoured to be onboard the ship and to be able to volunteer for such a truly amazing organisation.
I have always loved nature and specifically fell in love with the ocean and the awe inspiring beauty it holds after discovering scuba diving many years ago.
In the last few years I have become more aware and educated on issues surrounding animals and the environment and have changed my lifestyle drastically. In doing so I have also been taking action for animal rights. I have the utmost respect for Sea Shepherd and the direct action approach taken to defend, conserve and protect our oceans and all the life within. The ocean is such an important and beautiful part of our environment that I can’t stand by while it is destroyed.
There is so much destruction going on in the planet, to animals, the environment, to human health and we need direct action now, this problem is urgent and I feel we all have a duty to take whatever action we can as individuals to protect the planet before it is too late.
All life deserves respect. Be Vegan :)
Name: Phil Croker
POSITION: Ship's Doctor
My name is Phil and I live in Melbourne with my wife Cathie. I’ve been a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for the past 18 years. I’ve been aware of Sea Shepherd for many years, and as a keen scuba diver I deeply admire the work they do.
I’ve spent time out along the Bight when traveling west. Each time I’ve stopped to look at the amazing sight of the bunda cliffs and look at the offshore islands from Ceduna.
Sea shepherd is raising awareness of this pristine region through their campaigns. The Bight is a wild, iconic unspoilt coastline vital to marine life and humanity. It’s too valuable to risk the possibility of fossil fuel extraction accidents. I’ve been given the opportunity to help raise awareness of the Bight and the need to protect it from exploitation.
NAME: Eliza Muirhead
Eliza is a photographer, videographer and communications professional working for animals, the environment and human rights. Her work has been published internationally with some of the world’s leading advocacy organisations.
She holds a Bachelor in Animal Science and a Diploma in Creative Arts from The University of Melbourne and a Masters in Science Communication Natural History Filmmaking from The University of Otago.
In 2011, she co-founded fair-projects.org, an organisation that offers professional quality media and communications to charities and is currently working with Sea Shepherd.
NAME: Tim Watters
NATIONALITY: New Zealand
Tim began volunteering for Sea Shepherd 10 years ago in 2018, and today helps the organisation by running their Global Media Productions Department. Operation Jeedara will be Tim’s 11th Sea Shepherd campaign, having sailed in Antarctica, Australia, the Galapagos Islands, the South China Sea, Africa, Europe and Indonesia.
This will be Tim’s second trip to the Great Australian Bight, having sailed on the Steve Irwin to the region in 2017 and producing the documentary ‘Jeedara’ with Eliza Muirhead. On this trip, Tim and Eliza will again work to document and show the beauty of the region so that people all across the world can understand why this region is so important to protect.
Of all the places that Tim has been, he rates the offshore islands of the Great Australian Bight as one of the most pristine, wild and beautiful areas of the planet. This, he says, is why he is so passionate about the protection of the Bight.