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Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Just one of the Blue sharks, entangled and killed in the driftnet of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet. Photo: Tim WattersIn the years between 1987 and 1992, Sea Shepherd launched a number of campaigns to oppose and shut down high seas drift netting.

I took three ships into these confrontations, the DIVINE WIND, the SEA SHEPHERD II and the EDWARD ABBEY.

They were campaigns of intense confrontations. We rammed drift netters and confiscated and destroyed their nets, and with every campaign we focused more and more attention on this incredibly destructive industry.

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The End of the 'Bandit 6'

By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty

Capt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersThis morning the F/V Viking came into the anchorage in the port of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the bow of the Steve Irwin, I watched her meander through the vessels and head for a spot just a few hundred meters from where I was. The F/V Viking is an illegal fishing vessel and has been a wanted vessel for more than a decade. From the anchorage the vessel is expected to head into port for an investigation into her fishing crimes, after which she will be sunk by the Indonesian navy for breaching national and international law. Since 2003, this vessel has been fishing illegally in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans and the limitations of international law have allowed her to be a step ahead of law enforcement officials. She has finally run out of luck.

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Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Jon Burgwald wearing the seal fur coatIf Greenpeace supports sealing, would Greenpeace also support African Bushmeat?

What will Greenpeace do about their seal fur promoter Jon Burgwald?

So far Greenpeace has not responded to my request that they terminate Jon Burgwald as Arctic Campaign Director.

As a co-founder of Greenpeace and the person who initiated and led the first Greenpeace campaigns to defend seals on the East Coast of Canada I never thought I would see the day when a paid Greenpeace director would accept a gift of a seal fur vest, would wear a seal skin coat and would promote commercial sealing and the use of seal fur in the fashion industry (interview with Jon Burgwald).

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It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp

Evolving Strategies to Address the Crimes of the Danish Faroe Islands, 2016.

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Since 2010, Sea Shepherd has focused international media attention on the grindadráp. Photo: Mayke WendtThe Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was the first organization to confront the horrific slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the Danish Faroe Islands. That was back in 1983. We returned in 1985 and 1986 with a crew from the BBC to produce the documentary Black Harvest. We returned again in 2000, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Eight field campaigns, numerous confrontations and thousands of whales saved from the bloody grind knives of the citizens of the Ferocious Isles.

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Whales don’t have a choice, but you do, say no to Krill

by Ashley Avci – Operation Krill campaigner

Antarctic krill head (Euphausia superba)It was only one month ago that the largest mass whale stranding in history befell. Currently listed as endangered on The ICUN Red list of Threatened Species, 337 sei whales lay dead within a remote inlet in Patagonia, Southern Chile. Marine scientists claim that the rapid warming of the world’s oceans are killing off the whale’s main food source – krill.

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Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation

Commentary by Gary Stokes, Director of Sea Shepherd Asia

Successful vote for the protection of sharks at CITES 2013. Japan entered a reservation so will not recognize this vote. Photo: Sea ShepherdImagine a world where criminals can decide which laws they’ll obey and from which they’ll be immune to prosecution. A world where profit and national pride can take precedence over science and world consensus. It would be a pseudo-lawless place where criminal organizations could literally be above the law.

Sadly, this world is the world we live in today. The criminals are the corporations who control the governments, the same governments that sign onto international agreements, treaties, moratoriums and conventions.

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Another doctor of the ocean killed for merely a false sense of security as part of Queensland's war on sharks

by Jonathan Clark – Apex Harmony Queensland Coordinator

Saturday 19th December, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Australia tiger sharks on drum line. Photo: Sea ShepherdAustralia tiger sharks on drum line.
Photo: Sea Shepherd
On Saturday 19th December the Queensland Apex Harmony crew consisting of Adam Bomb, Glenn Paice, Paul Clarke and myself met at the Mooloolaba River having had a 4:30am start to the day. The weekend was the first time we have taken the Sea Shepherd RHIB out on the Sunshine Coast. I had taken a jet ski out almost a year prior, so had some familiarity with the area and conditions.

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The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today

Commentary by Captain of the Steve Irwin, Siddharth Chakravarty

HMNZS Otago (here seen in the Hauraki Gulf) has returned from Antarctica. (Photo: Creative Commons)For the second time this year, a New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) patrol vessel has returned from the Antarctic. The last patrol concluded in January when the HMNZS Wellington located, but was unable to board, the illegal fishing vessels Yongding, S onghua and Kunlun. The evidence that was collected by the patrol vessel in January has helped the Spanish government levy 17.4 million euro worth of fines on the operators of those illegal vessels.

This time the HMNZS Otago has come back just 17 days after the fishing season began in the Ross Sea, and with the fishing season expected to last for another two months, one hopes that the return is for a quick refueling and restocking before heading South again.

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