Wednesday, 12 October 2016
In response to the news today that NSW Premier Mike Baird will approve shark mesh nets for Ballina NSW, Sea Shepherd Australia had the following response.
"There is no way that the NSW Government can justify calling this a 'trial'. Shark nets are old technology. We know how they work. We know what they will do. Upwards of 80% of the catch will be by-catch and that will include dolphins from the Richmond River pod. We know that shark bite incidents will still occur as they have at netted beaches in Queensland. These nets will merely give surfers a dangerous false sense of security," remarked Jonathan Clark Queensland Coordinator - Apex Harmony Campaign.
Read more: Sea Shepherd slams Baird's 1940's backwards approach to saving lives - merely another false sense...
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Today is a very joyous day for the whales, sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins and other incredible marine life that call the Great Australian Bight home, not to mention the communities we have met on Operation Jeedara who hold the Bight so precious to their hearts from a perspective of their livelihoods, way of life, and simply a love of the natural world.
One of the world’s most significant southern right whale nurseries is safe and all of our supporters, donors, volunteers and small staff team should feel very proud of this lasting legacy in preserving what is one of the last great remote wilderness areas left on the planet. I have been lucky enough to visit the Galapagos, and the Great Australian Bight is Australia's Galapagos. The offshore islands like the Pearson Island Group, St Francis Isles, Bunda cliffs and Head of Bight, not to mention the remarkable Kangaroo Island -- this is wilderness and it’s as good as it gets.
Read more: Victory for the Whales in the Bight - BP Decides Not to Proceed with Great Australian Bight...
Friday, 30 September 2016
NSW should reject QLD Premier's offer of the false sense of security provided by indiscriminate lethal shark control measures.
Queensland’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday offered a helping hand to NSW Premier Mike Baird with setting up a lethal and environmentally destructive system for nets and drum lines to cull sharks in northern NSW. Ms Palaszczuk said, “We have the technology, we have the skills. I am prepared to work with the NSW Government to extend our drum lines and shark nets down the northern NSW beaches.”
Sea Shepherd Australia’s Queensland Apex Harmony Coordinator, Jonathan Clark called on Premier Baird to reject the offer as the deadly drum lines are not proven effective in increasing beach safety and are highly destructive to marine environments. He said, “There are several effective non-lethal methods that ought to be seriously trialled including Shark Spotters as indicated by Premier Baird’s own government’s CARDNO review.”
Read more: NSW Should Reject QLD Premier's Offer of Shark Nets
Monday, 26 September 2016
Each year Philip Wollen awards the Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal and Prize to the individual whose humanitarian service has made a profound mark on the world, and for whom the powerless are precious.
The award is named in honour of Philip Wollen’s mother Winsome and grandmother Constance.
This prestigious award has been awarded in the past to great people including Sir David Attenborough, Dr T. Colin Campbell, Dame Jane Goodall, Mrs Maneka Gandhi MP, Captain Paul Watson, Dr Jill Robinson, Dr Christine Townend, Dr Ian Gawler and Sri Pradeep Nath.
Speaking at the launch of the 2016 Campaign against the Japanese whale poachers in Antarctica, Mr Wollen said:
“Peter is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious honour. An accomplished mariner, a master tactician, and an inspiring leader, Peter represents the future of compassionate environmentalism”.
Read more: Captain Peter Hammarstedt awarded prestigious Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal and Prize
Monday, 12 September 2016
The crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, M/Y Bob Barker, has assisted Gabonese authorities in the arrest of two illegal fishing pirogues operating in waters off the coast of Gabon, Central West Africa.
The arrests followed a coordinated effort between the Marine Nationale (Gabonese Navy), the ANPA (Fisheries Enforcement Agency) and Sea Shepherd to secure the Gabonese border with the Republic of Congo (Congo) from incursions made by illegal fishing vessels.
Read more: Two Illegal Congolese Fishing Pirogues Arrested in Gabon's Territorial Waters
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
The marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Global is sending its vessels down to the Southern Ocean this December on its 11th direct-action whale defense campaign.
A 2014 landmark ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague declared the Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic not scientific in nature, despite their claims of hunting the whales for scientific research. The Japanese were also found in contempt of the Australian Federal Court for killing protected whales in the Australia Whale Sanctuary.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Global Announces its 11th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign: Operation Nemesis
Monday, 29 August 2016
The fight has just begun for the Great Australian Bight
Operation Jeedara Update
August 27th 2016
Today at 11:00 AM AEST, the MY Steve Irwin returned to Seaworks, Willamstown, Sea Shepherd’s ship operation base to complete the ship component for Operation Jeedara.
On board were thirty volunteer crew representing Indigenous Australia, Netherlands, France, Britain, USA, New Zealand, Germany and Australia. Their hearts and minds opened up to the beauty and wonder of the Great Australian Bight and with that, their resolve and determination to defend it.
Read more: Steve Irwin returns to Ships Ops Base
Saturday, 27 August 2016
For the third time this year, pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Danish Faroe Islands. The ordeal began at 7am today when a pod of 40 pilot whales was reported to local authorities off Skálatoftir, on the island of Borðoy. The pod was then driven by 12 Faroese boats to Hvannasund for slaughter.
Although most of the pod was able to escape, Faroese media has confirmed nine whales were killed. They were forced to beach and had blunt hooks beaten into their blowholes to drag them onto the sand where locals crudely cut their spinal cord resulting in a stressful and drawn-out death.
Read more: More Pilot Whales Slaughtered in the Faroe Islands