Saturday, 21 May 2016
Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel, the Steve Irwin, to join the campaign
In response to BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, in waters deeper and rougher than the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Sea Shepherd launches Operation Jeedara.
The Great Australian Bight is rich in beauty and biodiversity, boasting the worlds most significant southern right whale nursery, as well as humpback, sperm, blue and beaked whales. It is also Australia's most important sea lion nursery and supports orcas, great white sharks, southern blue fin tuna and other fish down to the small pelagic.
Read more: Sea Shepherd launches Operation Jeedara, the Great Australian Bight campaign
Thursday, 19 May 2016
The crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, has assisted Gabonese authorities in the arrest of three illegal fishing trawlers in coastal waters off Gabon, Central West Africa.
The arrests followed a three-day coordinated effort between the Marine Nationale (Gabonese Navy), the ANPA (Fisheries Enforcement Agency) and Sea Shepherd that culminated in a successful night raid on the illegal vessels in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Read more: Three Illegal Fishing Trawlers Arrested Following Night Raid by Sea Shepherd and Gabonese...
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
- BP has shown it has learnt nothing from Gulf of Mexico disaster
- Shell proved oil accidents aren’t uncommon with its own Gulf of Mexico spill last week
- Great Australian Bight’s pristine waters should be off limits to oil and gas industry
British oil giant BP should drop its plans for deepwater oil exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight after Australia’s offshore oil and gas authority, NOPSEMA, sent back its application for a second time.
Read more: BP should drop Great Australian Bight deepwater oil drilling plans after NOPSEMA again sends back...
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
In a move which is in direct contrast to the trial of non-lethal alternatives to shark hazards on the New South Wales coast, the Western Australian Government has today reaffirmed its support of catching and killing sharks which pose a “serious threat.”
The announcement formed part of a $1.54m budget for shark hazard mitigation and continues to anger conservationists and the community, which came out in their tens of thousands to oppose lethal drum lines off Western Australia’s coastline.
Read more: WA Government committed to killing sharks posing a ''serious threat''
Tuesday, 03 May 2016
On the 7th of December 2015, Sea Shepherd Australia Limited instructed EDO NSW to submit a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection seeking photographs and video footage of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean in 2008.
In 2008, the Australian Customs patrol vessel Oceanic Viking along with A319 aerial surveillance flights, documented the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in Antarctica. Limited photo and video evidence of the illegal killing of Minke whales was initially released to the media by Australian authorities but subsequent attempts to access the full range of evidence gathered have been denied.
Read more: Turnbull Government bans public from seeing Japanese whale-killing film
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, has arrived in the Republic of Gabon for the commencement of Operation Albacore, a new campaign to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, under the direction of the Government of Gabon.
Throughout the 2016 tuna fishing season, Gabonese marines (Marine Nationale) and officers with the Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) will be stationed on-board the Bob Barker, working alongside Sea Shepherd crew to patrol Gabon's sovereign waters. These patrols will provide a vehicle for law enforcement to defend, conserve and protect critical tuna habitat in Central West Africa from April through to September 2016.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Albacore
Friday, 15 April 2016
As BP held its annual general meeting in London on April 14, Sea Shepherd, The Wilderness Society, and the Great Australian Bight Alliance took the fight to save the Great Australian Bight to BP’s doorstep.
Coordinated protests in Australia and the United Kingdom took place as BP’s shareholders met, with a mock oil spill held at the organisation’s head office in Melbourne, and a giant inflatable whale installed outside the AGM in London. The protests were held in opposition to BP’s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Celebrity supporter Clive Standen of hit TV series Vikings attended the London event to show his support.
"We have come to the annual general meeting to tell BP it has no right to risk the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight, and that the opposition to its plans is growing in Australia and around the world." said Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders. “This fight is the southern hemisphere’s equivalent of stopping Shell drilling in the Arctic.”
Read more: Sea Shepherd, The Wilderness Society take the fight for the Bight to BP’s doorstep.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Protestors helped clean up a mock oil spill outside BP’s headquarters in Melbourne this morning to highlight the British company’s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
On the other side of the world later today there will also be a protest at BP’s annual general meeting in London. BP’s plans for the Bight have also been targeted by two recent protests in London calling for the British Museum to end its BP sponsorship deal.
“We are here to tell BP it has no right to risk the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight, and that the opposition to its plans is growing in Australia and around the world,” said Wilderness Society South Australia Director Peter Owen.
Read more: Protestors clean up oil spill outside BP’s Melbourne HQ