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Sea Shepherd captures footage of juvenile dolphin caught on drum line in Queensland

by Natalie Banks - Operation Apex Harmony Shark Coordinator

Heartbreaking Footage Of Juvenile Dolphin Caught On Drum LinesMother tries desperately to keep her calf alive

In 1962 the Queensland Government started a program to install drum lines and shark nets at popular beaches along its coastline. Today, what started with 24 drum lines within the Gold Coast region, has expanded to over 360 drum lines and 30 shark nets, causing death and injury to thousands of marine animals each year.

Read more: Sea Shepherd captures footage of juvenile dolphin caught on drum line in Queensland

It’s time for 1930’s shark nets to be a past memory

Monitoring the programmeShark and marine conservationists sighed collectively as senior New South Wales MP, Chris Gulaptis, recently called for shark nets in the North Coast of the state. It isn’t because conservationists don’t care about people; in fact, the frustration is because they know shark nets simply do not work. Between 1937 and 2008 for example, there were 38 shark attacks recorded in New South Wales, 24 of them (64%) took place at netted beaches, with 14 injuries.

Read more: It’s time for 1930’s shark nets to be a past memory

Weathering the Storm

Sea Shepherd USA vs. the Japanese Whalers

Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson

Sea Shepherd weathers the storm in its continuing battle to save the oceans. Photo: Giacomo GiorgiAnother court battle is over, and there will surely be more to follow. On Monday Sea Shepherd USA resolved its long-running legal dispute with Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) over whether Sea Shepherd USA and affiliated parties were in contempt of a 2012 injunction entered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Under the terms of the settlement, Sea Shepherd USA will pay ICR $2.55 million in exchange for dismissal of ICR’s action seeking more than $4.1 million in damages related to contempt and the dropping of all claims against former Sea Shepherd board members. 

Read more: Weathering the Storm

World Oceans Day - Every Day

Just one of the many fascinating creatures that call the oceans their home. © Matt Curnock 2013Since 2008, the United Nations has recognized June 8 as World Oceans Day, presenting an opportunity for people to reflect on the many important roles that the oceans play in sustaining life on this planet.

At Sea Shepherd, we celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 – and every day.

Read more: World Oceans Day - Every Day

Amazing Operation in the Red Sea

Amazing Operation in the Red Sea removing illegal longline nets from Ras Mohammed Marine Protected Area
by Yasmine Hémès – General Director, Sea Shepherd Luxemburg
Diver clearing longlineOn the morning of May 7, I was notified of the existence of an illegal longline net in the waters of the Ras Mohammed Marine Protected Area, which is a national park in Ras Goma (Tiran).

I shared this information with officials working at the park, who also generously agreed to send one of their boats to assist us in retrieving it from the ocean.

Read more: Amazing Operation in the Red Sea

Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!

Gary Stokes, Director Sea Shepherd Asia
Thousands of fish were discovered floating dead between Peng Chau and Discovery Bay marina in Hong Kong. Photo: Gary StokesSea Shepherd Hong Kong is very concerned with a mass die-off of fish in Hong Kong waters. Yesterday, thousands of fish were discovered floating dead between Peng Chau and Discovery Bay marina. Today, Sea Shepherd Hong Kong went out to investigate and collect samples.

As we learnt from the plastic pellet spill several years ago, the currents of Hong Kong deposit everything into the Discovery Bay area. It is possible, then, that these fish may have died around Lamma Island, South Lantau or even further afield.

Read more: Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!

False Sense Options for Shark Mitigation are pushed to the side in Ballina, NSW Meeting

Operation Apex Harmony Update - by Allyson Jennings

Sydney/South Coast Contingent (L-R) Kyle Hazebroek (Pilot - Aust. Aerial Patrol), Harry Mitchell (Aust. Aerial Patrol), Duncan Leadbitter (Aust. Aerial Patrol), Sharnie Connell (noNSWsharkcull), Allyson Jennings (Sea Shepherd Australia)On Wednesday 18th March 2015, representatives from Sea Shepherd Australia, noNSWsharkcull, Australian Aerial Patrol and Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association travelled to Ballina to meet with mayors and councillors from Ballina and Tweed Councils to discuss options available for non lethal alternatives for shark mitigation. Interest has also been expressed by Byron Shire and Richmond Valley Councils.

All councils were united in their message, that in light of several injuries and fatalities involving sharks, a cull was not an option as their communities respected the place sharks have in our oceans especially with (contrary to WA) tourism being a major importance, with many people travelling to the Far North Coast for surfing, scuba diving etc. and also the eco friendly vibe of the region.

Read more: False Sense Options for Shark Mitigation are pushed to the side in Ballina, NSW Meeting

More Articles ...

  1. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  2. 04 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  3. 04 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  4. 25 Feb 2015 - Shark media hysteria has to go
  5. 10 Feb 2015 - Many shark safety options now available
  6. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  7. 22 Jan 2015 - Sea Shepherd releases community consultation documents regarding the drum lines
  8. 15 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  9. 23 Dec 2014 - WA Gov and WA Fisheries waste taxpayers’ money to achieve nothing in their bid to kill JAWS
  10. 28 Oct 2014 - Is it in Australia's national interests to kill IUCN Red Listed Protected sharks?
  11. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  12. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  13. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  14. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  15. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  16. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  17. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  18. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  19. 19 Aug 2014 - Shark Week Special shows sinister side to Shark Week
  20. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  21. 06 Aug 2014 - Killing Endangered Sharks
  22. 01 Aug 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  23. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  24. 09 Jul 2014 - Sea Shepherd makes submission to stop WA’s shark drum lines
  25. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  26. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  27. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  28. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  29. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  30. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  31. 07 Apr 2014 - Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  32. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  33. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  34. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  35. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  36. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  37. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  38. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  39. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  40. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  41. 04 Jan 2014 - The Tao of Sharks and Surfers
  42. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  43. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  44. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  45. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  46. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  47. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  48. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  49. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  50. 30 Sep 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia gives gratitude to Barrister Jonathan Korman as we seek leave of the high court
  51. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  52. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  53. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  54. 21 Sep 2013 - How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  55. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  56. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  57. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  58. 28 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  59. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  60. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  61. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  62. 27 Jul 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  63. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  64. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  65. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  66. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  67. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  68. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  69. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  70. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  71. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  72. 23 May 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  73. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  74. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  75. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  76. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  77. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  78. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  79. 21 Mar 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  80. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  81. 16 Mar 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  82. 16 Mar 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  83. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  84. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  85. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  86. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  87. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  88. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  89. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  90. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  91. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  92. 25 Jan 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  93. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  94. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  95. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  96. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  97. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
 
 
 
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