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Steve Irwin's Last Day in Broome

Today marked the final day of the M/Y Steve Irwin's Broome leg of this campaign.  For the final day the Sea Shepherds invited several of the onshore activists and volunteers on board.  The activists were very excited to be on the Steve Irwin and the whales were more than happy to come out and say thank you in there way.  Many of the activists have been involved in protecting the Kimberly for almost a decade.  Sea Shepherd was honored to take them out and show them the pristine coast that they have been protecting and fighting for so diligently.  The commitment and spirit of the Broome community is truly amazing and to be able to put a smile on there faces if even for a moment during this fight was payment enough for the crew of the Steve Irwin.

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John Butler Performs on the Steve Irwin

Day 4 of the Miinimbi campaign has brought us up to a humpback whale count of 355 individual animals.  The bridge crew of the Steve Irwin has documented and logged over 355 whales.  With 25% of the individuals being calves. The youngest calf spotted was estimated at being only a few weeks old.  Also sighted has been several species of dolphin, manta ray, sea turtles and snakes as well as a very large tiger shark.  The marine diversity of the Kimberly has been surprising and absolutely breath taking.

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The Steve Irwin Hosts Members of the Community

Today Bob Brown and the crew of the M/Y Steve Irwin welcomed Greens leader Christine Milne, Senator Rachelle Siewert,  Kimberly marine life expert Richard Costin as well as William and Stella Roe traditional Goolarabooloo owners on board.  The day saw a campaign high of well over 100 whales off the coast of the Kimberly and James Price Point.  Many Humpback mothers were seen and documented with their calves some were observed nursing.  The claim of Woodside that there are no whales with in 8 kilometres of the coast has been proven to be absolute misinformation.  An average of 100 whales has been documented by the ships bridge crew every day of this campaign.  Bob Brown has stated "The assurance that they (the whales)  would be okay with a mega port, with meg gas ships, with a huge factory ashore is now clearly proven wrong".  The whales have been recorded not only by Mr Brown but also by the media and many traditional owners that have come aboard on this campaign.

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Sea Shepherd Arrives in Broome to Begin Whale Survey at James Price Point

Sea Shepherd Australia director Jeff Hansen with campaign leader Bob Brown and Labor MP Melissa Parke hold a Sea Shepherd flag. Photo: Bronte Turner for the Bob Brown FoundationSea Shepherd Australia director Jeff Hansen with campaign leader Bob Brown and Labor MP Melissa Parke hold a Sea Shepherd flag. Photo: Bronte Turner for the Bob Brown FoundationBroome, Western Australia - August 6, 2012 - 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.

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Campaign leaders to greet MY Steve Irwin in Broome

Campaign leaders Jeff Hansen and Bob BrownCampaign leaders Jeff Hansen and Bob BrownOperation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown and Australian Director of Sea Shepherd Jeff Hansen will touch down in Broome this Saturday 4th of August in preparation for the arrival of the MY Steve Irwin, which is under the command of Captain Malcolm Holland.

The Steve Irwin is scheduled to arrive into Broome on Monday 6th of August with the first trips out to James Price Point on Tuesday 7th of August.  The tours aim to showcase to the world the immense calving that occurs in the James Price Point (Walmadan) are, right where Woodside want to place their massive gas factories.

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Steve Irwin Departs for Broome to Commence Operation Kimberley Miinimbi

Rodney Augustine presents symbols of cultural significance to Captain Malcom Holland during the Smoking Ceremony. Photo: Tim WattersRodney Augustine presents symbols of cultural significance to Captain Malcom Holland during the Smoking Ceremony. Photo: Tim WattersOn Sunday July 22, the MY Steve Irwin under the command of Captain Malcolm Holland left Seaworks Williamstown, Melbourne Australia en route to Broome in a last ditch effort to save the largest humpback whale nursery in the world.

The Steve Irwin was given a very moving send off with a Smoking Ceremony from Rodney Augustine, who is a Nyul Nyul and Jabir Jabir man whose land and sea country is at risk due to the proposed Woodside gas hub.

The ceremony was to guide the ship and crew safely to Walmadan (the Indigenous name for James Price Point).  Rodney also handed Captain Holland a number of items for the journey to Walmadan, which included a shell symbolizing Rodney's strength that was given to him by his elders and containers that contained ashes from all the ceremonies Rodney has held educating people in Melbourne about Walmadan and also ashes from the sacred fire at the tent embassy in Canberra. The crew members of the Steve Irwin were very moved by the experience as Rodney later elaborated about the importance of operation Kimberly Miinimbi.

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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.

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Sea Shepherd Calls On its Supporters to Oppose Gas Hub for Aussie Humpbacks

Humpback Whales near James Price Point. Photo: Annabelle SandesHumpback Whales near James Price Point. Photo: Annabelle SandesThe Western Australian Government, headed up by WA Premier Colin Barnett is pushing ahead with gas factories at James Price Point, north of Broome on one of the world’s most pristine coastlines.

Woodside has already started drilling into reefs and to enable the big ships to come in, there would be further drilling and dredging up to 6 km out to sea. A jetty several kilometres long would also be constructed.

This area is the biggest humpback nursery in the world. Blue whales also pass through to calve further north of the spot. Constructing the gas factories and port would mean noise pollution, destruction of habitat and also boat strikes to whales. If the gas factories went ahead it would open the door to the industrialisation of other parts of the region and could lead to coal and uranium shipments out of the Kimberley wilds.

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