Australian sea lions predominantly live in isolated colonies along the Great Australian Bight coastline off South Australia: a unique and remote stretch of coastline that has been threatened by risky deep-sea oil drilling. As a proud member of the Great Australian Bight Alliance, Sea Shepherd Australia has been campaigning to protect the Bight since 2016 with our campaign Operation Jeedara. Thanks to Sea Shepherd supporters around Australia, we conducted two expeditions to the Bight, working alongside the Traditional Custodians, the Mirning People, as well as Elder and whale song-man Uncle Bunna Lawrie.
Sea Shepherd is now campaigning to;
- Raise funds to support the efforts of authorities in South Australia that are directly working on the frontline to investigate, monitor and take action for Australian Sea Lion recovery.
- Call on the state government to list Australian Sea Lions as endangered and immediately increase funding efforts
- Target gillnet fisheries to reduce their impact on Australian Sea Lions