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In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales

by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt on the bridge of the M/Y Bob Barker. Credit: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerToday 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.

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Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales

by Captain Paul Watson

The Ocean Warrior and the Steve Irwin rendezvous in the Southern Ocean during Operation Nemesis. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerThe 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.

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“Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988

By Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988 arrested and en route to Monrovia. Photo: Alejandra Gimeno / Sea Shepherd GlobalFor the crew of the M/Y Bob Barker, and the 10 strong Liberian Coast Guard boarding team, it was just a matter of waiting and letting the illegal fishing boats come to them.

The day before the M/Y Bob Barker arrived in Liberia, local fishermen from the border town of Harper, situated just 13 miles from the where the Cavalla River divides Liberia from Cote d’Ivoire, had been airing grievances on national radio about foreign trawlers running over their artisanal fishing nets. The fishermen appealed to the Liberian Coast Guard for assistance.

Although the Cavalla River forms a natural boundary between two West African countries, its nutrient-rich waters spawn fish for whom borders are meaningless. For the fishing vessels chasing fish west as the fishing season in Ghana, which lies to the east, has closed, borders are equally unimportant.

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The End of Operation Nemesis

by Captain Alex Cornelissen

The Ocean Warrior docked in Henderson, Western Australia. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerThe arrival of the Ocean Warrior in Henderson, Western Australia marks the end of this year’s anti-whaling campaign against Japanese whale poachers in the Southern Ocean.

Our ships have been at sea for 93 days (Ocean Warrior) and 90 days (the Steve Irwin). During this entire time they searched for the floating slaughterhouse the Nisshin Maru, but we regret to say we were unable to lock onto the stern of the Japanese factory ship.

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Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

By Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson and Kelly SlaterWhat caused Kelly Slater to so radically change his views about sharks?

Or perhaps he did not change his views after all.

In 2014, Kelly was quoted in the Australian media saying in response to Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to kill sharks in Western Australia:

 “I think it’s kind of silly. Humans want to control everything. We try to control (beach) erosion, we try to control sharks … we just try to control everything on this earth and it’s just crazy. We kill 100 million sharks a year or something crazy to make (shark fin) soup. We throw them back finless and dying. It’s like we’ve lost all feeling for other creatures on some level and I think that’s kind of sad. If I got eaten by a shark, I’d be honoured.”

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Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica

by Paul Watson

Steve Irwin arrives in Dunedin. Photo: Jeff HansenThe Steve Irwin has arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand. One of the harpoon boats followed it all the way back to New Zealand waters. The Ocean Warrior is still chasing the Nisshin Maru and is being hunted by a second of the three harpoon vessels.

The Japanese whalers have doubled their kill area and reduced their kill quota. This makes them harder to catch with less time to catch them in.

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Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps

File photo: Dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling factory ship, Nisshin Maru. Photo: Tim WattersFile photo: Dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling factory ship, Nisshin Maru. Photo: Tim WattersSea Shepherd responds to article in the Australian by Julia Jabour, who is a senior lecturer, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Anthony Bergin, a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s National (ANU) Security College and senior analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

The article was in the Australian on November 23rd, 2016, with the title "Close ports to Sea Shepherd or risk sharing guilt for its vigilantism"

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Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW Coast

Whale in shark net. Photo: Sea Shepherd AustraliaThe NSW Government has taken a step back in time as three environmental protection acts are attacked in an effort to take NSW back into the 1930’s and remove the safeguards put in place to protect human life, marine animals and native flora. Given our dependence on nature for our survival, protecting our environment, is protecting human life.

On November 9th, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Minister Niall Blair introduced a motion to repel the Biodiversity Conservation Bill, the Native Vegetation Act and amend the Fisheries Management Act.

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