Friday, 26 August 2016
Operation Jeedara Update by Jeff Hansen – campaign lead
Friday the 19th of August at 0700 we took the pilot onboard the Steve Irwin, in preparation for coming into Port Adelaide. The Flinders Ports pilots were a nice couple of gents who were thrilled to know that Bob Brown was onboard and loved meeting Bob. Their enthusiasm for their job was great to see, or perhaps it was just the fact that they were bringing in the Steve Irwin, and that it was the first time that a Sea Shepherd vessel had come into a South Australian port.
Read more: Greens, Xenophon, Port Adelaide, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island rally in defence of the Bight
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Steve Irwin vessel returns from Great Australian Bight into Port Adelaide, encountering a place rich in beauty and biodiversity, worthy of Word Heritage status
Today the Steve Irwin vessel arrived into Port Adelaide as part of Sea Shepherd's Operation Jeedara, and the Great Australian Bight Alliance. This is the first time a Sea Shepherd vessel has come into port in South Australia. Operation Jeedara's mission is to showcase the beauty of the Bight, a place rich in beauty and biodiversity, to show what we would all loose if BP were allowed to drill for oil and cause a spill in waters deeper, rougher and more remote than the Gulf of Mexico.
Read more: Steve Irwin vessel returns from Great Australian Bight into Port Adelaide
Thursday, 18 August 2016
August 18, 2016 - As I write this we are en route back to Port Adelaide, South Australia. It will be the first time a Sea Shepherd vessel has come into port in South Australia and we look forward to meeting the wonderful community for free public tours this weekend.
Though this will not be the completion of the Steve Irwin’s journey as part of Operation Jeedara, it will be an opportunity to showcase to the public the breathtaking footage we have captured thus far of the truly remarkable Great Australian Bight.
Read more: The Great Australian Bight - Worthy of World Heritage recognition - Operation Jeedara Update
Monday, 15 August 2016
Today former Senator and leader of the Australian Greens, Dr. Bob Brown and actor David Field, joined the Steve Irwin vessel in Fowlers Bay, South Australia as part of Sea Shepherd's Operation Jeedara to oppose the threat of BP's oil rig due to arrive in the Great Australian Bight marine park later this year.
Sea Shepherd's Operation Jeedara is part of the Great Australian Bight Alliance of which the Bob Brown Foundation is also a member. It will showcase the Great Australian Bight and highlight what is actually at stake - a wilderness of global significance. From the Nuyts Reef, the Isles of St Francis, Pearson Island, Neptune Islands, areas around Kangaroo Island, Fowlers Bay and Head of the Bight (southern right whale nurseries), right through to the iconic Bunda Cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain.
Read more: Conservationist Bob Brown and Actor David Field join the Steve Irwin vessel in the fight for the...
Tuesday, 09 August 2016
On the 6th of August, the Spanish long-line fishing vessel Alemar Primero was boarded in waters belonging to the Central African island state of São Tomé and Príncipe by São Toméan authorities, assisted by Sea Shepherd crew and law enforcement officers from Gabon.
Although the long-liner was licensed to fish for 'tuna and similar species' inspections revealed that their fish holds were filled with sharks, predominately blue sharks that are classified as 'near-threatened' by the IUCN. Many of the shark's fins had already been detached from their bodies, a suspected violation of the European Union Finning Ban (1185/2003) and its amendment (605/2013), which requires sharks to be landed with their Fins Naturally Attached (FNA).
Read more: Operation Albacore Results in Detention of Spanish Long-liner in São Tomé
Friday, 05 August 2016
The Sea Shepherd ship M/Y Bob Barker has arrived in the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in a move to expand patrolling efforts against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing to include the waters of the West African island state.
Under the name Operation Albacore, Sea Shepherd has been assisting the Government of Gabon to tackle IUU fishing since April 2016 by providing the use of the M/Y Bob Barker as a civilian offshore patrol vessel operating in Gabonese waters under the direction of the Gabonese Government.
Read more: São Tomé and Príncipe joins Operation Albacore to further tackle IUU Fishing in the Gulf of Guinea
Thursday, 04 August 2016
Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel Steve Irwin sets sail for Great Australian Bight in opposition to BP's plans to put the Bight at risk.
Today at 1600 AEST the Steve Irwin departed Seaworks, Williamstown, Sea Shepherd's ships operations base for Operation Jeedara.
According to independent oil spill modelling released last year, an oil spill in the Bight from a deep-sea well blowout would be devastating for fisheries, tourism and marine life. The model showed that an oil spill could result in the closure of fisheries in the Bight, Bass Strait and even the Tasman Sea. Even a low-flow oil spill could impact all of southern Australia’s coast, from Western Australia right across to Victoria through Bass Strait and around Tasmania.
Read more: Sea Shepherd's Steve Irwin sets sail for Great Australian Bight
Monday, 01 August 2016
As part of a shark spotting study at Wategos Beach in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Sea Shepherd Australia, in conjunction with the Byron Shire Council and Greens MP Tamara Smith, has introduced its first Acute Shark Attack Pack.
After pushing for the introduction of medical kits at beaches that are known for shark activity, Sea Shepherd Australia has liaised with representatives from Shark Spotters in Cape Town, South Africa as well as Perth-based military paramedic, Jerry Barrett to create the Acute Shark Attack Pack (ASAP).
Read more: Acute Shark Attack Pack for Wategos Beach