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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.

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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.”

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Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica

by Paul Watson

Steve Irwin arrives in Dunedin. Photo: Jeff HansenThe Steve Irwin has arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand. One of the harpoon boats followed it all the way back to New Zealand waters. The Ocean Warrior is still chasing the Nisshin Maru and is being hunted by a second of the three harpoon vessels.

The Japanese whalers have doubled their kill area and reduced their kill quota. This makes them harder to catch with less time to catch them in.

Read more: Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica

Fear and loathing for the whales from UTAS and ANU reps

File photo: Dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling factory ship, Nisshin Maru. Photo: Tim WattersFile photo: Dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling factory ship, Nisshin Maru. Photo: Tim WattersSea Shepherd responds to article in the Australian by Julia Jabour, who is a senior lecturer, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Anthony Bergin, a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s National (ANU) Security College and senior analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

The article was in the Australian on November 23rd, 2016, with the title "Close ports to Sea Shepherd or risk sharing guilt for its vigilantism"

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Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW Coast

Whale in shark net. Photo: Sea Shepherd AustraliaThe NSW Government has taken a step back in time as three environmental protection acts are attacked in an effort to take NSW back into the 1930’s and remove the safeguards put in place to protect human life, marine animals and native flora. Given our dependence on nature for our survival, protecting our environment, is protecting human life.

On November 9th, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Minister Niall Blair introduced a motion to repel the Biodiversity Conservation Bill, the Native Vegetation Act and amend the Fisheries Management Act.

Read more: Sea Shepherd Slams the NSW Government’s Knee Jerk Reaction to Shark Encounters on the Northern NSW...

DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent

Shark RalliesDPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent - Your chance to have your say in defence of human lives, precious marine life and future generations

Operation Apex Harmony Update: Commentary by Chris Lindgren – National Shark Campaign Coordinator

Shark Nets are scheduled to be deployed in early December 2016 on the Northern NSW Coast, despite evidence these “mitigation” methods do not work and despite there being proven, non-lethal, technologies available to further reduce the already very low risk of shark encounter on our beaches.

Read more: DPI Shark Net Survey – Urgent

Shark nets will not work in northern NSW

Commentary by Natalie Banks, Apex Harmony Chief Advisor

Whale trapped in shark net in the Gold Coast, QLDThe northern NSW community have had enough! They want answers to a difficult problem; keeping ocean users safe from a marine animal. Sharks bites in the region feel like they are constantly in the news. The community have had enough of "shark experts," failed trials from the NSW Government and the like! They want genuine solutions; but shark nets are not one of them! By going through shark attack files, it is clear that these nets do not prevent encounters; 16 unwanted shark encounters at beaches with drum lines or shark nets in Queensland and 44 (at last count) in New South Wales and sadly with some major shark bites and a fatally included! The 19 shark encounters during the past 10 years alone, at “shark controlled” beaches have been included, so you can see for yourself and not just take my word.

Read more: Shark nets will not work in northern NSW

Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast

Commentary by NSW Apex Coordinator – Allyson Jennings

Ballina's resident dolphins. Credit: Dr Liz Hawkins, Dolphin Research AustraliaOn Tuesday October 12th 2016, Premier Mike Baird announced that the popular northern New South Wales beach holiday destination of Ballina will have shark meshing installed off its beaches for 6 months. This is subject to federal government approval from Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg who has stated previously that he would consider supporting such moves to protect human lives first.

Read more: Nets are not the way to go to solve shark issue on NSW North Coast

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