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Sea Shepherd must adapt to more effectively defend Dolphins

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

The bloody killing cove in TaijiSince the early Sixties, an insidious trade of intelligent, self-aware, sentient beings has been growing like a malignant cancer within human society. It is a slave trade that has been the cause of unimaginable misery and has claimed the lives of thousands of dolphins. This cruel industry has spread across Europe and Asia with hundreds of marine aquariums operating, many of them with grossly inadequate facilities. 

Sea Shepherd has been documenting and opposing the dreadful slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan since 2003. In the beginning Sea Shepherd cut nets and freed 16 pilot whales back in October 2003, an action that sent two volunteers to jail for over a month. Sea Shepherd brought the story to the world’s media with headline stories and coverage on CNN...but the killing continued.

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The Whale Wars Continue

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson in AntarcticaSea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years.

In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told it was impossible by some governments and a few NGO’s.

Hardly anyone even knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. It was out of sight and out of mind. They were targeting 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

We had few resources but we took our one battered and slow vessel, the Farley Mowat and we chased the whalers across the Southern Ocean, catching them only for a few hours at a time until they sped away from us.

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Love is Love - Sea Shepherd supports marriage equality in Australia

Love is LoveIt is integral to the spirit of Sea Shepherd Australia to speak to government in the face of injustice and thus it is incumbent that we voice our support for marriage equality in Australia.

Many of our staff, crew, supporters and volunteers are LGBTQ and it is a gross miscarriage of justice that they are denied the right to marry whomever they choose to love.

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Federal push for drumlines in West does nothing for public safety

Commentary by Mike Dicks

Shark caught on drumlines in Western AustraliaThe Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenburg calls on the WA Labor Government to install drum lines and kill large sharks. He is supported by the West Australian newspaper who regularly push their own agenda on this issue and promote fear and scaremongering amongst their readers. The Coalition Government and the West are out of touch with the Australian people, out of touch with nature and out of touch with the future for our children and grandchildren.

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Sea Shepherd joins stop Adani Alliance and the fight for our Great Barrier Reef and children's future

Turtle and bleached coral at Heron Island Feb 2016. Photo: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers

It’s no secret that climate change is killing our primary life support system, our oceans, whether this be in the form of warming or acidification, the killing of our mangroves or reefs, like our Great Barrier Reef or that we are missing 40% of the phytoplankton plants that give us with the majority of the air that we breathe.

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Sea Shepherd condemns Japan's Governments bill to resume commercial whaling

Sea Shepherd is anti-whaling - not anti-Japanese

Minke whale from Operation Zero ToleranceJeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia.


This bill lays down the necessary matters to carry out scientific research whaling in a stable and continuous way, in order to carry out commercial whaling," it reads. Japan considers whaling to be a cultural right and conducts annual hunts in the Southern and Pacific oceans — under a loophole in International Whaling Commission rules which allows for scientific whaling. Changing domestic law in Japan would not have any impact on the International Whaling Commission, which prohibits commercial whaling. The bill seeks to enshrine funding for research whaling into the national budget as well as adding additional resources for defending Japanese whalers from protest groups like Sea Shepherd.

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The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines

by Natalie Banks - Chief Adviser, Apex Harmony

SMART drum lines used in northern New South WalesWhen it comes to SMART drum lines, not many people are aware of what exactly is so clever about them. Drum lines have had extremely controversial use in Australia and South Africa, where static baited hooks indiscriminately catch anything that takes the bait, but what is so smart about these new types of drum lines and why are some conservation groups in support of their use?

The word smart when used in accordance with drum lines is actually an abbreviation that stands for Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time (SMART). Effectively this means a satellite-linked communications unit, equipped in some cases with GPS, underwater cameras and sensors attached to a trace and baited hook so that when a shark is hooked, the pressure on the line triggers the communications unit to send an alert to authorities regarding the presence of an animal on the line. The technology has enabled Governments and Government contractors to streamline the monitoring process of traditional drum lines.

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In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing

By Captain Peter Hammarstedt

The Gemini alongside a fishing vessel under inspection. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoAfter almost 12 weeks of patrolling, the border areas between Liberia and her neighboring countries are unusually silent.

Lightning flashes briefly light up distant waters, appearing like specters of the industrial fishing trawlers that used to make nightly incursions in Liberian waters.

After having made five arrests since the start of Operation Sola Stella, the news has finally spread - these waters are protected.

We could say that we assisted the Liberian Coastguard to shutdown illegal fishing in Liberia, and although that’s true of tonight, we know that the poachers are not coming in anymore because we are here… and the Bob Barker cannot remain in Liberia forever.

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  1. 03 Apr 2017 - In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
  2. 02 Apr 2017 - Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales
  3. 30 Mar 2017 - “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
  4. 09 Mar 2017 - The End of Operation Nemesis
  5. 01 Mar 2017 - Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks
  6. 23 Feb 2017 - Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
  7. 24 Nov 2016 - Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps
  8. 11 Nov 2016 - Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW Coast
  9. 31 Oct 2016 - DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent
  10. 25 Oct 2016 - Shark nets will not work in northern NSW
  11. 20 Oct 2016 - Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast
  12. 08 Aug 2016 - Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance
  13. 11 Jul 2016 - Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to do
  14. 20 Jun 2016 - Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW
  15. 02 Jun 2016 - Western Australian Government killing an IUCN Red listed protected Great White Shark won't save lives
  16. 09 May 2016 - The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife
  17. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  18. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  19. 07 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  20. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  21. 12 Jan 2016 - Whales don’t have a choice, but you do, say no to Krill
  22. 06 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  23. 20 Dec 2015 - Another doctor of the ocean killed for merely a false sense of security as part of Queensland's war on sharks
  24. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  25. 16 Dec 2015 - Steve Irwin Galley Update
  26. 16 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  27. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  28. 26 Nov 2015 - Smart drum lines, not so smart, Sea Shepherd Australia urges the NSW Government to reconsider their use
  29. 05 Oct 2015 - An overview of the 2015 NSW Shark Summit
  30. 15 Aug 2015 - We already cull thousands of predatory sharks a year, but shark attacks are rising
  31. 05 Aug 2015 - Proof that New South Wales nets only provide a false sense of security
  32. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  33. 17 Jul 2015 - Sea Shepherd captures footage of juvenile dolphin caught on drum line in Queensland
  34. 07 Jul 2015 - It’s time for 1930’s shark nets to be a past memory
  35. 03 Jul 2015 - Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
  36. 14 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  37. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  38. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  39. 03 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  40. 31 Mar 2015 - False Sense Options for Shark Mitigation are pushed to the side in Ballina, NSW Meeting
  41. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  42. 05 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  43. 04 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  44. 25 Feb 2015 - Shark media hysteria has to go
  45. 10 Feb 2015 - Many shark safety options now available
  46. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  47. 22 Jan 2015 - Sea Shepherd releases community consultation documents regarding the drum lines
  48. 15 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  49. 23 Dec 2014 - WA Gov and WA Fisheries waste taxpayers’ money to achieve nothing in their bid to kill JAWS
  50. 28 Oct 2014 - Is it in Australia's national interests to kill IUCN Red Listed Protected sharks?
  51. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  52. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  53. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  54. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  55. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  56. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  57. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  58. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  59. 19 Aug 2014 - Shark Week Special shows sinister side to Shark Week
  60. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  61. 06 Aug 2014 - Killing Endangered Sharks
  62. 01 Aug 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  63. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  64. 09 Jul 2014 - Sea Shepherd makes submission to stop WA’s shark drum lines
  65. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  66. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  67. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  68. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  69. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  70. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  71. 07 Apr 2014 - Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  72. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  73. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  74. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  75. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  76. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  77. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  78. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  79. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  80. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  81. 04 Jan 2014 - The Tao of Sharks and Surfers
  82. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  83. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  84. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  85. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  86. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  87. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  88. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  89. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  90. 30 Sep 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia gives gratitude to Barrister Jonathan Korman as we seek leave of the high court
  91. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  92. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  93. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  94. 21 Sep 2013 - How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  95. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  96. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  97. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  98. 29 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  99. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  100. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  101. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  102. 27 Jul 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  103. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  104. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  105. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  106. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  107. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  108. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  109. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  110. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  111. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  112. 23 May 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  113. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  114. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  115. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  116. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  117. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  118. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  119. 21 Mar 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  120. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  121. 16 Mar 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  122. 16 Mar 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  123. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  124. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  125. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  126. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  127. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  128. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  129. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  130. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  131. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  132. 25 Jan 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  133. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  134. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  135. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  136. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  137. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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