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An overview of the 2015 NSW Shark Summit

Commentary by Allyson Jennings – NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator.

Summit info. Photo: Allyson JenningsOn Tuesday 29th September, I attended the 2015 NSW Shark Summit in Sydney on behalf of Sea Shepherd Australia. Around 70 delegates including government officials, marine scientists, lifeguard organisations, Royal Australian Navy, environmental groups and other stakeholders were present on the day. This summit was formed as part of the response to the past 12 months of human-shark interactions which have largely centred on the Far North Coast of NSW of which tragically, two were fatalities.

Read more: An overview of the 2015 NSW Shark Summit

We already cull thousands of predatory sharks a year, but shark attacks are rising

by Natalie Banks - Australian Operation Apex Harmony Coordinator

Shark Spotters at work in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Blair RanfordThe Lennox-Ballina board riders club should be congratulated on attempting to bring the community together to find a common voice to the increasing shark encounters in the region. Community voices need to be heard on this topic. It is no surprise to me however, that without being given the opportunity to learn about the whole range of options available to them, and to then be surveyed on each option, the majority supported a cull of sharks. Without understanding the pros and cons of each option available, they have made an uninformed guess at what might work.  

The media frenzy that followed is also to be expected. Across the globe, people are being told "Australians want to cull sharks." When in reality, the situation is much, much the opposite. A small minority of people support a shark cull. And when given factual information on the options available, those figures reduce even further.

Read more: We already cull thousands of predatory sharks a year, but shark attacks are rising

Proof that New South Wales nets only provide a false sense of security

by Natalie Banks - Operation Apex Harmony Shark Coordinator

Glenn Orgias clippingWhen looking at the statistics relating to shark attacks in New South Wales, it is easy to see why, back in 1935, the Premier at the time, Bertram Stevens, felt it was necessary to do something to curb the amount of shark incidents. Since the mid-1800’s over 60 people had died from a shark bite in the state, due mainly to blood loss. So, without any huge advances in medical technology, mesh beach nets were approved as a two-year experiment.

By 1937 however, no Government funding for the nets had been made available, until Australia’s imminent 150th Anniversary celebration in Sydney on 26 January 1938, brought fears of a shark attack to state politicians.

Read more: Proof that New South Wales nets only provide a false sense of security

Why Are Danes Killing Whales?

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Faroese (green) and Danish (maroon) passportsFaroese (green) and Danish (maroon) passportsThe argument presented by Denmark is that the Faroes are independent and they are exempt from European regulations. Therefore although it is illegal to kill whales in the European Union, which includes Denmark, the Faroese may kill whales because they are exempt, despite the fact that they receive tens of millions of Euros in subsidies every year from the European Union.

Faroese citizens are not citizens of the European Union. Or are they?

It appears that some of the killers may not be Faroese at all. In fact they may be Danish. Here’s why.

Read more: Why Are Danes Killing Whales?

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

More Articles ...

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