- Wednesday, 28 June 2017
US Audiences rally against USA Oil Giant Chevron for the Great Australian Bight
While over in LA for Sea Shepherd’s 40 year anniversary event with Captain Paul Watson, I thought I might as well host (along with Captain Wyanda Lublink) a screening of our Great Australian Bight defence documentary titled Jeedara.
The film was well received in Hollywood by the US audiences with reactions on par with Australians, deeply blown away by the beauty and grandness of the Great Australian Bight, while deeply concerned for what BP was proposing, and what now USA oil giant Chevron and Norwegian based Statoil is pushing ahead with.
With their concerns comes a resolve and determination to rally agains Chevron.
Read more: Jeedara the film premiers in the USA - Hollywood, while film festival awards continue to roll in
- Tuesday, 27 June 2017
It is sobering to think that 4 years ago the Liberal Government was spending $110 million on preparation and testing for the establishment of a massive container port in beautiful Westernport in Victoria. The jack up barges were out on the water; the seismic testing was being completed and the locals were being spruiked of the “benefits” of this giant port.
Preserve Westernport Action Group, based on Phillip Island and surrounds. And similar groups around the Bay were having none of it. The proposed port in Hastings was to be a 5km long concrete monster. It required 24 million cubic metres of sea bed dredging.
This is a fragile, delicately balanced marine environment. Not an industrial shipping hub!
Our group lobbied, rallied, held stalls, workshops. We made noise when few others were prepared to join in.
Read more: A win for the locals in Western Port, Phillip Island - What a fight! What journey! What an outcome!
- Friday, 02 June 2017
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia states, "After sell out shows around Australia, It’s now the United States chance to see truly one of the great natural wonders of the world, one of the Earth’s best kept secrets, the Great Australian Bight. This film is the story of the campaign, that showcases one of the last big marine wilderness areas on Earth, one of the world’s most significant southern right whale nurseries, Nature on a grand scale, and one of the big environmental wins of 2016."
“Jeedara the film was recently entered into a number of international film festivals and is now a winner in the category of Foreign Feature and is a finalist for the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. The film makers have done an amazing job with this doco, however the credit must also go to Mother Nature, for she is the real star in this documentary, as to me nature is the greatest and grandest show on earth, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Great Australian Bight.”
Read more: JEEDARA the film attracts Hollywood celebs for USA premier on world oceans day
- Wednesday, 24 May 2017
In working with the great people at the Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDONSW), after many years of fighting for transparency, we are happy to announce that the information commissioner has decided that Australians have every right to see the 2008 public funded, customs whaling footage.
Back in 2008, as part of Australia’s whaling case against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking filmed Japan’s whaling fleet chasing, harpooning and murdering whales inside the Australian whale sanctuary off the Antarctic coast. This was during the Rudd/Gillard Labor government and the evidence obtained was used in the ICJ case that led to the ruling on 31st March 2014, that Japan’s whaling program was not scientific.
Read more: Australia’s Information Commission agrees; Australians have every right to see 2008 customs...
- Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Labor and Libs put Big Oil before communities
Operation Jeedara Update
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia
A long-running Senate inquiry into the plans of companies like BP, Chevron, Santos and Karoon to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight tabled its 172 page report in parliament last Thursday.
Sea Shepherd was a key witness as part of the enquiry and with the oil and gas industry reps in the room, I found both the Labor and Liberal senators to be very aggressive towards me and Sea Shepherd as I presented, in what can only be understood as showing a clear support for the oil and gas industry in putting one of the last big marine ecosystems on the planet, the Great Australian Bight at risk.
So with the report now out, where do the parties line up?
Read more: Senate enquiry shows only Greens & Xenophon parties stand with Bight communities
- Monday, 15 May 2017
Brighton based metalcore band, Architects, have just completed their Australian tour with sold out shows across the country. Touring for the first time with their album 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us' they had fans singing and screaming to their songs in the packed venues.
As part of the tour, Architects had Sea Shepherd stalls at gigs as well as touring the MV Steve Irwin and the MV Ocean Warrior. Crew and on shore team were able to catch up with the guys and brief them on the latest campaigns. Support from acts like Architects mean alot to the organisation. The merchandise stalls at shows help fund global campaigns as well as provide important outreach. The camaraderie, developed over many years, was on display as they were welcomed on board as part of the crew. That sort of personal backing for people in the front line defence of our oceans helps boost the spirits of all of us at Sea Shepherd.
Read more: UK Band, Architects, finish Australian tour after huge show of support for Sea Shepherd
- Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Sea Shepherd asks European Commission to hold Denmark accountable for pilot whale slaughter
With the formal support of 27 Members of the European Parliament, Sea Shepherd Netherlands has officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans in the Faroe Islands.
Every year from June through November, hundreds of pilot whales are driven onto the beaches of the Faroe Islands using motor boats, then slaughtered in a practice known as the grindadráp, or Grind. Although there is an EU directive prohibiting member states from all forms of deliberate disturbance, capture, or killing of cetaceans, the self-governing Faroe Islands are a dependent territory of Denmark but not an EU member state and are, therefore, exempt from EU laws.
Read more: Infringement Procedure against Denmark
- Thursday, 27 April 2017
Sea Shepherd Australia has presented a thorough submission into the Australian Senate Inquiry regarding shark mitigation and deterrent measures, outlining the various failures of shark nets and drum lines, highlighting the 42 shark encounters at netted beaches in New South Wales and the 17 in Queensland at beaches with shark control equipment.
The submission argues that politicians who refer to a decrease in fatalities since lethal shark control programs were installed, fail to recognise advances in medical equipment and the number of shark bites occurring at beaches with shark nets and drum lines are in place.
Read more: Sea Shepherd submits that Shark Spotting trials in Australia should start immediately