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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.

Read more: Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW...

DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent

Shark RalliesDPI 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

Shark nets will not work in northern NSW

Commentary by Natalie Banks, Apex Harmony Chief Advisor

Whale trapped in shark net in the Gold Coast, QLDThe 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.

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Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast

Commentary by NSW Apex Coordinator – Allyson Jennings

Ballina's resident dolphins. Credit: Dr Liz Hawkins, Dolphin Research AustraliaOn 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

Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance

Commentary by Jeff Hansen - Operation Jeedara - Expedition Leader

8th August 2016

Pearson Island Group - Steve Irwin and small boat en route.  Photo: Tim WattersToday 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

Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to do

Commentary by Allyson Jennings - NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator

Shark Spotter. Photo: Sean GeerRecently, 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...

Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW

Eco Shark Barrier set up in Coogee, Western Australia. Photo: Natalie BanksIn 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

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