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The nets of North Coast NSW are nothing but a band aid solution for ocean safety

A dead dusky whaler shark entangled in nets off Lennox Beach

Commentary by Allyson Jennings – NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator:

On Tuesday 12th December, our Apex Harmony crew was out on the water off Seven Mile Beach in Lennox Head documenting and recording when they came across a 1.5m Dusky Whaler shark, not long dead in the net. Dusky whalers are timid sharks and will swim away when approached.

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Sea Shepherd and Japanese whaling

Captain Paul Watson look to Nisshin Maru with his binoculars

Commentary by Paul Watson:

The Japanese Whaling fleet has left from Japan bound for the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The intention of the Japanese whalers is to commit criminal acts of poaching against protected Minke whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in defiance of the International ban on commercial whaling, in defiance of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, in defiance of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), in defiance of the International Court of Justice, in defiance of the Australian Federal Court and in defiance of world opinion and international law.

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The Sea Shepherd Flag

The Sea Shepherd Flag

Commentary by Paul Watson:

People often ask what our flag stands for and why do we fly what looks to be the Jolly Roger – the flag of piracy.

It goes back a few years when our critics accused us of being pirates. At first I was amused. Sea Shepherd primarily opposes illegal operations like outlaw whaling and unlawful fishing operations. I established Sea Shepherd as an anti-poaching organization, essentially an anti-piracy organization.

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Statoil should follow BP & Chevron’s lead and leave the Great Australian Bight

Southern Right Whales: Two mum and calf pair photographed in the Great Australian Bight whilst on Operation Jeedara in South Australia in 2016. Photo: Eliza Muirhead

Commentary by Jeff Hansen:

Almost a year ago, to the day, you helped Sea Shepherd and all members of the Great Australian Bight Alliance achieve victory, when BP decided not to drill for oil in the Bight.

Chevron has also joined BP and ditched its plans too!Despite BP’s withdrawal, community opposition to Bight drilling kept growing but I am excited, relieved and hopeful to learn that Chevron has quit their Bight Operations.

Read more: Statoil should follow BP & Chevron’s lead and leave the Great Australian Bight

Sea Shepherd must adapt to more effectively defend Dolphins

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

The bloody killing cove in TaijiSince the early Sixties, an insidious trade of intelligent, self-aware, sentient beings has been growing like a malignant cancer within human society. It is a slave trade that has been the cause of unimaginable misery and has claimed the lives of thousands of dolphins. This cruel industry has spread across Europe and Asia with hundreds of marine aquariums operating, many of them with grossly inadequate facilities. 

Sea Shepherd has been documenting and opposing the dreadful slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan since 2003. In the beginning Sea Shepherd cut nets and freed 16 pilot whales back in October 2003, an action that sent two volunteers to jail for over a month. Sea Shepherd brought the story to the world’s media with headline stories and coverage on CNN...but the killing continued.

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The Whale Wars Continue

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson in AntarcticaSea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years.

In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told it was impossible by some governments and a few NGO’s.

Hardly anyone even knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. It was out of sight and out of mind. They were targeting 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

We had few resources but we took our one battered and slow vessel, the Farley Mowat and we chased the whalers across the Southern Ocean, catching them only for a few hours at a time until they sped away from us.

Read more: The Whale Wars Continue

Love is Love - Sea Shepherd supports marriage equality in Australia

Love is LoveIt is integral to the spirit of Sea Shepherd Australia to speak to government in the face of injustice and thus it is incumbent that we voice our support for marriage equality in Australia.

Many of our staff, crew, supporters and volunteers are LGBTQ and it is a gross miscarriage of justice that they are denied the right to marry whomever they choose to love.

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Federal push for drumlines in West does nothing for public safety

Commentary by Mike Dicks

Shark caught on drumlines in Western AustraliaThe Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenburg calls on the WA Labor Government to install drum lines and kill large sharks. He is supported by the West Australian newspaper who regularly push their own agenda on this issue and promote fear and scaremongering amongst their readers. The Coalition Government and the West are out of touch with the Australian people, out of touch with nature and out of touch with the future for our children and grandchildren.

Read more: Federal push for drumlines in West does nothing for public safety

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  1. 01 Aug 2017 - Sea Shepherd joins stop Adani Alliance and the fight for our Great Barrier Reef and children's future
  2. 16 Jun 2017 - Sea Shepherd condemns Japan's Governments bill to resume commercial whaling
  3. 18 May 2017 - The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines
  4. 02 May 2017 - In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing
  5. 03 Apr 2017 - In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
  6. 02 Apr 2017 - Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales
  7. 30 Mar 2017 - “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
  8. 09 Mar 2017 - The End of Operation Nemesis
  9. 01 Mar 2017 - Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks
  10. 23 Feb 2017 - Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
  11. 24 Nov 2016 - Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps
  12. 11 Nov 2016 - Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW Coast
  13. 31 Oct 2016 - DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent
  14. 25 Oct 2016 - Shark nets will not work in northern NSW
  15. 20 Oct 2016 - Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast
  16. 08 Aug 2016 - Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance
  17. 11 Jul 2016 - Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to do
  18. 20 Jun 2016 - Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW
  19. 02 Jun 2016 - Western Australian Government killing an IUCN Red listed protected Great White Shark won't save lives
  20. 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
  21. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  22. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  23. 07 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  24. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  25. 12 Jan 2016 - Whales don’t have a choice, but you do, say no to Krill
  26. 06 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  27. 20 Dec 2015 - Another doctor of the ocean killed for merely a false sense of security as part of Queensland's war on sharks
  28. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  29. 16 Dec 2015 - Steve Irwin Galley Update
  30. 16 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  31. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  32. 26 Nov 2015 - Smart drum lines, not so smart, Sea Shepherd Australia urges the NSW Government to reconsider their use
  33. 05 Oct 2015 - An overview of the 2015 NSW Shark Summit
  34. 15 Aug 2015 - We already cull thousands of predatory sharks a year, but shark attacks are rising
  35. 05 Aug 2015 - Proof that New South Wales nets only provide a false sense of security
  36. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  37. 17 Jul 2015 - Sea Shepherd captures footage of juvenile dolphin caught on drum line in Queensland
  38. 07 Jul 2015 - It’s time for 1930’s shark nets to be a past memory
  39. 03 Jul 2015 - Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
  40. 14 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  41. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  42. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  43. 03 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  44. 31 Mar 2015 - False Sense Options for Shark Mitigation are pushed to the side in Ballina, NSW Meeting
  45. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  46. 05 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  47. 04 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  48. 25 Feb 2015 - Shark media hysteria has to go
  49. 10 Feb 2015 - Many shark safety options now available
  50. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  51. 22 Jan 2015 - Sea Shepherd releases community consultation documents regarding the drum lines
  52. 15 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  53. 23 Dec 2014 - WA Gov and WA Fisheries waste taxpayers’ money to achieve nothing in their bid to kill JAWS
  54. 28 Oct 2014 - Is it in Australia's national interests to kill IUCN Red Listed Protected sharks?
  55. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  56. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  57. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  58. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  59. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  60. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  61. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  62. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  63. 19 Aug 2014 - Shark Week Special shows sinister side to Shark Week
  64. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  65. 06 Aug 2014 - Killing Endangered Sharks
  66. 01 Aug 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  67. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  68. 09 Jul 2014 - Sea Shepherd makes submission to stop WA’s shark drum lines
  69. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  70. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  71. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  72. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  73. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  74. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  75. 07 Apr 2014 - Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  76. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  77. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  78. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  79. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  80. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  81. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  82. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  83. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  84. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  85. 04 Jan 2014 - The Tao of Sharks and Surfers
  86. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  87. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  88. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  89. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  90. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  91. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  92. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  93. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  94. 30 Sep 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia gives gratitude to Barrister Jonathan Korman as we seek leave of the high court
  95. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  96. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  97. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  98. 21 Sep 2013 - How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  99. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  100. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  101. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  102. 29 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  103. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  104. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  105. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  106. 27 Jul 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  107. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  108. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  109. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  110. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  111. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  112. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  113. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  114. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  115. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  116. 23 May 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  117. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  118. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  119. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  120. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  121. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  122. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  123. 21 Mar 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  124. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  125. 16 Mar 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  126. 16 Mar 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  127. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  128. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  129. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  130. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  131. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  132. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  133. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  134. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  135. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  136. 25 Jan 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  137. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  138. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  139. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  140. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  141. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
 
 
 
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