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Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance

Commentary by Jeff Hansen - Operation Jeedara - Expedition Leader

8th August 2016

Pearson Island Group - Steve Irwin and small boat en route.  Photo: Tim WattersToday the Steve Irwin crew, under the command of Captain Wyanda Lublink, were very privileged to visit the Peason Island Group.

Pearson Isles (also called the Pearson Islands, Pearson Group and Pearson Archipelago) is an island group located in South Australia about 65 kilometres west south-west off Cape FInniss on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula within the larger island group, the Investigator Group. The whole area is a marine reserve, thanks to the tireless previous campaigning of Peter Owen and the Wilderness Society, among other groups as part of the marine parks campaign. Sea Shepherd gratefully gained permits to visit Pearson in working through an extensive permit process (thanks to Natalie Banks) with the South Australian Government, who were very helpful.

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Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to do

Commentary by Allyson Jennings - NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator

Shark Spotter. Photo: Sean GeerRecently, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development handed down its final recommendations on the management of sharks in New South Wales waters. This was the culmination of a parliamentary inquiry, which started in August 2015, seeing many stakeholders involved in the process. Sea Shepherd Australia made a submission to the inquiry and National Shark Campaign Coordinator, Natalie Banks was also asked to give evidence at the hearing in Ballina late last year.

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Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW

Eco Shark Barrier set up in Coogee, Western Australia. Photo: Natalie BanksIn October 2015, the New South Wales Government's Department of Primary Industries unveiled their $16 million shark management strategy to be allocated over a five year duration. This was to include a combination of technologies to be trialled at various locations along the NSW coastline from Sydney north to the border with Queensland. This strategy is overseen by Department of Primary Industries -Fisheries who also oversee the NSW Shark Meshing Program.

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Western Australian Government killing an IUCN Red listed protected Great White Shark won't save lives

White shark caught on the drum lines at Falcon Beach. Credit: Seven News Yesterday, under the order of shark cull leader Premier Colin Barnett, the WA Fisheries department deployed drum lines off Falcon Beach, south of Perth in Western Australia catching and killing a white shark that may or may not have been responsible for an attack on a surfer. 

WA Fisheries laid the drum lines, over 18 hours after the incident. They eventually caught a large three metre plus great white shark and they kept it so long on the drum line that it eventually drowned, then waiting till dark to drag it out to sea and dump it, away from the cameras. It’s clear that the WA Fisheries Department is trying to cover up their shameful crimes against nature.

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The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife

Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt inspects fishing trawler seized in Monrovia, Liberia during 2013.
  Photo: Sea Shepherd As we headed north up the west coast of Africa, we ticked off countries one-by-one. Like the check- list of vessels that we set out to pursue on Operation Icefish, we crossed out countries as we speculated endlessly as to where the F/V Thunder would make port call. South Africa seemed unlikely. Germany and South Africa were in the middle of war games and several frigates were steaming off the Cape of Good Hope. Namibia... maybe? We knew the owner of the F/V Thunder to be Spanish and there were plenty of Spanish fishing interests operating out of Walvis Bay.

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Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Just one of the Blue sharks, entangled and killed in the driftnet of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet. Photo: Tim WattersIn the years between 1987 and 1992, Sea Shepherd launched a number of campaigns to oppose and shut down high seas drift netting.

I took three ships into these confrontations, the DIVINE WIND, the SEA SHEPHERD II and the EDWARD ABBEY.

They were campaigns of intense confrontations. We rammed drift netters and confiscated and destroyed their nets, and with every campaign we focused more and more attention on this incredibly destructive industry.

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The End of the 'Bandit 6'

By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty

Capt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersThis morning the F/V Viking came into the anchorage in the port of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the bow of the Steve Irwin, I watched her meander through the vessels and head for a spot just a few hundred meters from where I was. The F/V Viking is an illegal fishing vessel and has been a wanted vessel for more than a decade. From the anchorage the vessel is expected to head into port for an investigation into her fishing crimes, after which she will be sunk by the Indonesian navy for breaching national and international law. Since 2003, this vessel has been fishing illegally in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans and the limitations of international law have allowed her to be a step ahead of law enforcement officials. She has finally run out of luck.

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Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Jon Burgwald wearing the seal fur coatIf Greenpeace supports sealing, would Greenpeace also support African Bushmeat?

What will Greenpeace do about their seal fur promoter Jon Burgwald?

So far Greenpeace has not responded to my request that they terminate Jon Burgwald as Arctic Campaign Director.

As a co-founder of Greenpeace and the person who initiated and led the first Greenpeace campaigns to defend seals on the East Coast of Canada I never thought I would see the day when a paid Greenpeace director would accept a gift of a seal fur vest, would wear a seal skin coat and would promote commercial sealing and the use of seal fur in the fashion industry (interview with Jon Burgwald).

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