- Thursday, 24 November 2016
File 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"
Read more: Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps
- Friday, 11 November 2016
The 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.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW...
- Monday, 31 October 2016
DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent - Your chance to have your say in defence of human lives, precious marine life and future generations
Operation Apex Harmony Update: Commentary by Chris Lindgren – National Shark Campaign Coordinator
Shark Nets are scheduled to be deployed in early December 2016 on the Northern NSW Coast, despite evidence these “mitigation” methods do not work and despite there being proven, non-lethal, technologies available to further reduce the already very low risk of shark encounter on our beaches.
Read more: DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent
- Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Commentary by Natalie Banks, Apex Harmony Chief Advisor
The northern NSW community have had enough! They want answers to a difficult problem; keeping ocean users safe from a marine animal. Sharks bites in the region feel like they are constantly in the news. The community have had enough of "shark experts," failed trials from the NSW Government and the like! They want genuine solutions; but shark nets are not one of them! By going through shark attack files, it is clear that these nets do not prevent encounters; 16 unwanted shark encounters at beaches with drum lines or shark nets in Queensland and 44 (at last count) in New South Wales and sadly with some major shark bites and a fatally included! The 19 shark encounters during the past 10 years alone, at “shark controlled” beaches have been included, so you can see for yourself and not just take my word.
Read more: Shark nets will not work in northern NSW
- Thursday, 20 October 2016
Commentary by NSW Apex Coordinator – Allyson Jennings
On Tuesday October 12th 2016, Premier Mike Baird announced that the popular northern New South Wales beach holiday destination of Ballina will have shark meshing installed off its beaches for 6 months. This is subject to federal government approval from Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg who has stated previously that he would consider supporting such moves to protect human lives first.
Read more: Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast
- Monday, 08 August 2016
Commentary by Jeff Hansen - Operation Jeedara - Expedition Leader
8th August 2016
Today 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.
Read more: Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance
- Monday, 11 July 2016
Commentary by Allyson Jennings - NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator
Recently, 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.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to...
- Monday, 20 June 2016
In 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.
Read more: Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW