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Sea Shepherd condemns Japan's Governments bill to resume commercial whaling

Sea Shepherd is anti-whaling - not anti-Japanese

Minke whale from Operation Zero ToleranceJeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia.


This bill lays down the necessary matters to carry out scientific research whaling in a stable and continuous way, in order to carry out commercial whaling," it reads. Japan considers whaling to be a cultural right and conducts annual hunts in the Southern and Pacific oceans — under a loophole in International Whaling Commission rules which allows for scientific whaling. Changing domestic law in Japan would not have any impact on the International Whaling Commission, which prohibits commercial whaling. The bill seeks to enshrine funding for research whaling into the national budget as well as adding additional resources for defending Japanese whalers from protest groups like Sea Shepherd.

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The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines

by Natalie Banks - Chief Adviser, Apex Harmony

SMART drum lines used in northern New South WalesWhen it comes to SMART drum lines, not many people are aware of what exactly is so clever about them. Drum lines have had extremely controversial use in Australia and South Africa, where static baited hooks indiscriminately catch anything that takes the bait, but what is so smart about these new types of drum lines and why are some conservation groups in support of their use?

The word smart when used in accordance with drum lines is actually an abbreviation that stands for Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time (SMART). Effectively this means a satellite-linked communications unit, equipped in some cases with GPS, underwater cameras and sensors attached to a trace and baited hook so that when a shark is hooked, the pressure on the line triggers the communications unit to send an alert to authorities regarding the presence of an animal on the line. The technology has enabled Governments and Government contractors to streamline the monitoring process of traditional drum lines.

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In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing

By Captain Peter Hammarstedt

The Gemini alongside a fishing vessel under inspection. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoAfter almost 12 weeks of patrolling, the border areas between Liberia and her neighboring countries are unusually silent.

Lightning flashes briefly light up distant waters, appearing like specters of the industrial fishing trawlers that used to make nightly incursions in Liberian waters.

After having made five arrests since the start of Operation Sola Stella, the news has finally spread - these waters are protected.

We could say that we assisted the Liberian Coastguard to shutdown illegal fishing in Liberia, and although that’s true of tonight, we know that the poachers are not coming in anymore because we are here… and the Bob Barker cannot remain in Liberia forever.

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In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales

by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt on the bridge of the M/Y Bob Barker. Credit: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerToday we received the saddening news that the Japanese whaling fleet reached their bogus self-allocated quota, despite Sea Shepherd’s best efforts to impact it.

While that news is gravely disappointing, we must remember that the Japanese whaling program in Antarctica is radically different from what it was when our Antarctic Whale Defense Campaigns began 15 years ago.

On my first campaign to the Antarctic, the Japanese whaling fleet intended to kill 1,035 whales. Their annual quota is now 333 whales, a quota reduced because of the success of Sea Shepherd’s campaigns. Thus, every year 702 whales are saved.

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Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales

by Captain Paul Watson

The Ocean Warrior and the Steve Irwin rendezvous in the Southern Ocean during Operation Nemesis. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerThe Japanese outlaw whaling fleet released their kill numbers today.

They had a quota to slaughter 333 Minke whales and they are saying they have been able to secure that quota, proclaiming it a victory against Sea Shepherd as if defeating Sea Shepherd is their justification for the killing of whales.

They can believe their own propaganda if they like but it was hardly a victory for the whalers.

Read more: Another Battle is Over in the War to Save the Whales

“Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988

By Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988 arrested and en route to Monrovia. Photo: Alejandra Gimeno / Sea Shepherd GlobalFor the crew of the M/Y Bob Barker, and the 10 strong Liberian Coast Guard boarding team, it was just a matter of waiting and letting the illegal fishing boats come to them.

The day before the M/Y Bob Barker arrived in Liberia, local fishermen from the border town of Harper, situated just 13 miles from the where the Cavalla River divides Liberia from Cote d’Ivoire, had been airing grievances on national radio about foreign trawlers running over their artisanal fishing nets. The fishermen appealed to the Liberian Coast Guard for assistance.

Although the Cavalla River forms a natural boundary between two West African countries, its nutrient-rich waters spawn fish for whom borders are meaningless. For the fishing vessels chasing fish west as the fishing season in Ghana, which lies to the east, has closed, borders are equally unimportant.

Read more: “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988

The End of Operation Nemesis

by Captain Alex Cornelissen

The Ocean Warrior docked in Henderson, Western Australia. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerThe arrival of the Ocean Warrior in Henderson, Western Australia marks the end of this year’s anti-whaling campaign against Japanese whale poachers in the Southern Ocean.

Our ships have been at sea for 93 days (Ocean Warrior) and 90 days (the Steve Irwin). During this entire time they searched for the floating slaughterhouse the Nisshin Maru, but we regret to say we were unable to lock onto the stern of the Japanese factory ship.

Read more: The End of Operation Nemesis

Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

By Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson and Kelly SlaterWhat caused Kelly Slater to so radically change his views about sharks?

Or perhaps he did not change his views after all.

In 2014, Kelly was quoted in the Australian media saying in response to Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to kill sharks in Western Australia:

 “I think it’s kind of silly. Humans want to control everything. We try to control (beach) erosion, we try to control sharks … we just try to control everything on this earth and it’s just crazy. We kill 100 million sharks a year or something crazy to make (shark fin) soup. We throw them back finless and dying. It’s like we’ve lost all feeling for other creatures on some level and I think that’s kind of sad. If I got eaten by a shark, I’d be honoured.”

Read more: Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

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  1. 23 Feb 2017 - Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
  2. 24 Nov 2016 - Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps
  3. 11 Nov 2016 - Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW Coast
  4. 31 Oct 2016 - DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent
  5. 25 Oct 2016 - Shark nets will not work in northern NSW
  6. 20 Oct 2016 - Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast
  7. 08 Aug 2016 - Pearson Island Group - A wilderness area of global significance
  8. 11 Jul 2016 - Sea Shepherd Australia commends NSW Parliamentary Committee recommendations but still more work to do
  9. 20 Jun 2016 - Lack of transparency putting ocean users safety at risk in NSW
  10. 02 Jun 2016 - Western Australian Government killing an IUCN Red listed protected Great White Shark won't save lives
  11. 09 May 2016 - The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife
  12. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  13. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  14. 07 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  15. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  16. 12 Jan 2016 - Whales don’t have a choice, but you do, say no to Krill
  17. 06 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  18. 20 Dec 2015 - Another doctor of the ocean killed for merely a false sense of security as part of Queensland's war on sharks
  19. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  20. 16 Dec 2015 - Steve Irwin Galley Update
  21. 16 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  22. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  23. 26 Nov 2015 - Smart drum lines, not so smart, Sea Shepherd Australia urges the NSW Government to reconsider their use
  24. 05 Oct 2015 - An overview of the 2015 NSW Shark Summit
  25. 15 Aug 2015 - We already cull thousands of predatory sharks a year, but shark attacks are rising
  26. 05 Aug 2015 - Proof that New South Wales nets only provide a false sense of security
  27. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  28. 17 Jul 2015 - Sea Shepherd captures footage of juvenile dolphin caught on drum line in Queensland
  29. 07 Jul 2015 - It’s time for 1930’s shark nets to be a past memory
  30. 03 Jul 2015 - Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
  31. 14 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  32. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  33. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  34. 03 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  35. 31 Mar 2015 - False Sense Options for Shark Mitigation are pushed to the side in Ballina, NSW Meeting
  36. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  37. 05 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  38. 04 Mar 2015 - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
  39. 25 Feb 2015 - Shark media hysteria has to go
  40. 10 Feb 2015 - Many shark safety options now available
  41. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  42. 22 Jan 2015 - Sea Shepherd releases community consultation documents regarding the drum lines
  43. 15 Jan 2015 - The Murky Waters Where Science Becomes a Tool for Killing a Protected Species
  44. 23 Dec 2014 - WA Gov and WA Fisheries waste taxpayers’ money to achieve nothing in their bid to kill JAWS
  45. 28 Oct 2014 - Is it in Australia's national interests to kill IUCN Red Listed Protected sharks?
  46. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  47. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  48. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  49. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  50. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  51. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  52. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  53. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  54. 19 Aug 2014 - Shark Week Special shows sinister side to Shark Week
  55. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  56. 06 Aug 2014 - Killing Endangered Sharks
  57. 01 Aug 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  58. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  59. 09 Jul 2014 - Sea Shepherd makes submission to stop WA’s shark drum lines
  60. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  61. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  62. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  63. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  64. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  65. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  66. 07 Apr 2014 - Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  67. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  68. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  69. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  70. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  71. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  72. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  73. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  74. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  75. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  76. 04 Jan 2014 - The Tao of Sharks and Surfers
  77. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  78. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  79. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  80. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  81. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  82. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  83. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  84. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  85. 30 Sep 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia gives gratitude to Barrister Jonathan Korman as we seek leave of the high court
  86. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  87. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  88. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  89. 21 Sep 2013 - How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  90. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  91. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  92. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  93. 29 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  94. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  95. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  96. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  97. 27 Jul 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  98. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  99. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  100. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  101. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  102. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  103. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  104. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  105. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  106. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  107. 23 May 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  108. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  109. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  110. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  111. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  112. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  113. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  114. 21 Mar 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  115. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  116. 16 Mar 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  117. 16 Mar 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  118. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  119. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  120. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  121. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  122. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  123. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  124. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  125. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  126. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  127. 25 Jan 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  128. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  129. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  130. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  131. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  132. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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