Friday, 17 July 2015
by Natalie Banks - Operation Apex Harmony Shark Coordinator
Mother 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
Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Shark 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
Friday, 03 July 2015
by Captain Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd protects all life in the sea from the largest whale to the smallest of the plankton.
Phytoplankton and zooplankton provide the foundation for the entire life support system for the planet Earth. Plankton provides up to 80% of the world's oxygen and plankton populations have been diminished by 40% since 1950.
Read more: Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Sea Shepherd USA vs. the Japanese Whalers
Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson
Another 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
Sunday, 07 June 2015
Since 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
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Amazing Operation in the Red Sea removing illegal longline nets from Ras Mohammed Marine Protected Area
by Yasmine Hémès – General Director, Sea Shepherd Luxemburg
On 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
Friday, 03 April 2015
Gary Stokes, Director Sea Shepherd Asia
Sea 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!
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Operation Apex Harmony Update - by Allyson Jennings
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