- 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
- Thursday, 30 March 2017
By Captain Peter Hammarstedt
For 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.
Read more: “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
- Thursday, 09 March 2017
by Captain Alex Cornelissen
The 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.
Read more: The End of Operation Nemesis
- Wednesday, 01 March 2017
By Captain Paul Watson
What 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.”
Read more: Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks
- Thursday, 23 February 2017
by Paul Watson
The 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.
Read more: Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
- 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...