Tuesday, 15 August 2017
It 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.
Read more: Love is Love - Sea Shepherd supports marriage equality in Australia
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Commentary by Mike Dicks
The 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.
Read more: Federal push for drumlines in West does nothing for public safety
Tuesday, 01 August 2017
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.
Read more: Sea Shepherd joins stop Adani Alliance and the fight for our Great Barrier Reef and children's...
Friday, 16 June 2017
Sea Shepherd is anti-whaling - not anti-Japanese
Jeff 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.
Read more: Sea Shepherd condemns Japan's Governments bill to resume commercial whaling
Thursday, 18 May 2017
by Natalie Banks - Chief Adviser, Apex Harmony
When 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.
Read more: The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines
Tuesday, 02 May 2017
By Captain Peter Hammarstedt
After 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.
Read more: In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing
Monday, 03 April 2017
by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
Today we received the saddening news that the Japanese whaling fleet reached their bogus self-allocated quota, despite Sea Shepherd’s best efforts to impact it.
While that news is gravely disappointing, we must remember that the Japanese whaling program in Antarctica is radically different from what it was when our Antarctic Whale Defense Campaigns began 15 years ago.
On my first campaign to the Antarctic, the Japanese whaling fleet intended to kill 1,035 whales. Their annual quota is now 333 whales, a quota reduced because of the success of Sea Shepherd’s campaigns. Thus, every year 702 whales are saved.
Read more: In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
Sunday, 02 April 2017
by Captain Paul Watson
The Japanese outlaw whaling fleet released their kill numbers today.
They had a quota to slaughter 333 Minke whales and they are saying they have been able to secure that quota, proclaiming it a victory against Sea Shepherd as if defeating Sea Shepherd is their justification for the killing of whales.
They can believe their own propaganda if they like but it was hardly a victory for the whalers.
Read more: Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales