- Wednesday, 24 May 2017
In working with the great people at the Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDONSW), after many years of fighting for transparency, we are happy to announce that the information commissioner has decided that Australians have every right to see the 2008 public funded, customs whaling footage.
Back in 2008, as part of Australia’s whaling case against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking filmed Japan’s whaling fleet chasing, harpooning and murdering whales inside the Australian whale sanctuary off the Antarctic coast. This was during the Rudd/Gillard Labor government and the evidence obtained was used in the ICJ case that led to the ruling on 31st March 2014, that Japan’s whaling program was not scientific.
Read more: Australia’s Information Commission agrees; Australians have every right to see 2008 customs...
- Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Labor and Libs put Big Oil before communities
Operation Jeedara Update
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia
A long-running Senate inquiry into the plans of companies like BP, Chevron, Santos and Karoon to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight tabled its 172 page report in parliament last Thursday.
Sea Shepherd was a key witness as part of the enquiry and with the oil and gas industry reps in the room, I found both the Labor and Liberal senators to be very aggressive towards me and Sea Shepherd as I presented, in what can only be understood as showing a clear support for the oil and gas industry in putting one of the last big marine ecosystems on the planet, the Great Australian Bight at risk.
So with the report now out, where do the parties line up?
Read more: Senate enquiry shows only Greens & Xenophon parties stand with Bight communities
- Monday, 15 May 2017
Brighton based metalcore band, Architects, have just completed their Australian tour with sold out shows across the country. Touring for the first time with their album 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us' they had fans singing and screaming to their songs in the packed venues.
As part of the tour, Architects had Sea Shepherd stalls at gigs as well as touring the MV Steve Irwin and the MV Ocean Warrior. Crew and on shore team were able to catch up with the guys and brief them on the latest campaigns. Support from acts like Architects mean alot to the organisation. The merchandise stalls at shows help fund global campaigns as well as provide important outreach. The camaraderie, developed over many years, was on display as they were welcomed on board as part of the crew. That sort of personal backing for people in the front line defence of our oceans helps boost the spirits of all of us at Sea Shepherd.
Read more: UK Band, Architects, finish Australian tour after huge show of support for Sea Shepherd
- Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Sea Shepherd asks European Commission to hold Denmark accountable for pilot whale slaughter
With the formal support of 27 Members of the European Parliament, Sea Shepherd Netherlands has officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans in the Faroe Islands.
Every year from June through November, hundreds of pilot whales are driven onto the beaches of the Faroe Islands using motor boats, then slaughtered in a practice known as the grindadráp, or Grind. Although there is an EU directive prohibiting member states from all forms of deliberate disturbance, capture, or killing of cetaceans, the self-governing Faroe Islands are a dependent territory of Denmark but not an EU member state and are, therefore, exempt from EU laws.
Read more: Infringement Procedure against Denmark
- Thursday, 27 April 2017
Sea Shepherd Australia has presented a thorough submission into the Australian Senate Inquiry regarding shark mitigation and deterrent measures, outlining the various failures of shark nets and drum lines, highlighting the 42 shark encounters at netted beaches in New South Wales and the 17 in Queensland at beaches with shark control equipment.
The submission argues that politicians who refer to a decrease in fatalities since lethal shark control programs were installed, fail to recognise advances in medical equipment and the number of shark bites occurring at beaches with shark nets and drum lines are in place.
Read more: Sea Shepherd submits that Shark Spotting trials in Australia should start immediately
- Friday, 07 April 2017
Sea Shepherd vessel MV Ocean Warrior receives official welcoming and is presented with a plaque from the Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt
6th April 2017 - Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt, state and Federal Labor politicians (Simon McGurk MLA - Member for Fremantle, Lisa O’Malley - Member for Bicton and Josh Wilson MP - Federal Member for Fremantle) officially welcomed Sea Shepherd's latest weapon against poaching into Fremantle, Fishing boat harbour.
Read more: Sea Shepherd vessel MV Ocean Warrior receives official welcoming
- Friday, 31 March 2017
Despite our efforts to once again disrupt the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean, the Japanese whaling fleeting has reached their self-allocated quota of killing 333 minke whales.
Today Sea Shepherd mourns the loss of these whales. We have called an emergency meeting of the Global Board of Directors in Amsterdam this weekend to review our whale defense strategy in the Southern Ocean, and will release a more detailed statement on Monday morning.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Global Statement Regarding Japanese Slaughter of 333 Minke Whales
- Tuesday, 28 March 2017
On March 21st, after receiving intelligence that a refrigerated cargo vessel was suspected of transmitting a fraudulent identity outside the Port of Monrovia, the Liberian Coast Guard assisted by Sea Shepherd crew and Israeli maritime advisors and conservationists boarded the 93-meter Sierra Leone-flagged motor vessel (M/V) Lian Run.
The Automatic Identification System (AIS), a navigational aid which a vessel uses to transmit its identifying information, such as name and radio call sign, was transmitting an IMO number that did not exist in any record. IMO numbers are unique identifiers that remain linked to a vessel throughout its lifetime to improve the safety of life at sea and reduce maritime fraud.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Assists Liberian Coast Guard in Arrest of Cargo Vessel on Suspicion of Identity Fraud...