Sunday, 17 September 2017
“Sea Shepherd is proud to offer its support to today’s #OKEFLOAT flotilla protest against the introductions of fish farms in the pristine waters of Tasmania’s Okehampton Bay. The salmon farming company, TASSAL, has plans to put 28 netted pens filled with 800,000 fish in an area that is a critical nursery for the southern right whale,” stated Sea Shepherd Australia spokesperson Adam Burling.
Read more: Sea Shepherd backs community protest against massive fish farm in Tasmanian whale nursery
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
East Timor (Timor Leste), Southeast Asia – A joint operation conducted at dawn on September 9th by the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Global and the East Timor National Police (PNTL - Policia Nacionale Timor-Leste) resulted in the capture of the Hong Long Fisheries / Pingtan Marine Enterprises fishing fleet at anchor off the coast of Com, East Timor.
Read more: Fishing fleet caught red-handed in a dawn raid by Sea Shepherd and East Timor National Police
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
“Fish farms are wreaking havoc on the Tasmanian marine environment. From the slaughter of seals, the pollution of public waterways to the impact on whale migration routes, this out of control industry needs to be held accountable for the damage its creating,” said Adam Burling spokesperson for Sea Shepherd Australia.
“Many of the fish in fish farms are sick and in a very poor state, being kept alive with a cocktail of chemicals and even fed dyes to make their flesh pink. From an impact on the environment or on us, there is nothing healthy about eating and supporting this destructive industry.
Read more: Sea Shepherd calls for an end to fish farm expansion in Tasmania
Thursday, 10 August 2017
As Taiji dolphin killers look to sister up with the Faroese whale murderers
The western Japanese town of Taiji, known for its whale and dolphin hunts, said Wednesday it is establishing a sister city relationship with a town in the Faroe Islands known for their bloody pilot whale slaughter, known also as the Grind.
Taiji and Klaksvik on the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic are the only communities in the world which practice controversial drive hunting of cetaceans and their operations have been obstructed by Sea Shepherd in the past.
Read more: Sea Shepherd calls on Broome to end its relationship with the bloody business of dolphin killing
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
US Audiences rally against USA Oil Giant Chevron for the Great Australian Bight
While over in LA for Sea Shepherd’s 40 year anniversary event with Captain Paul Watson, I thought I might as well host (along with Captain Wyanda Lublink) a screening of our Great Australian Bight defence documentary titled Jeedara.
The film was well received in Hollywood by the US audiences with reactions on par with Australians, deeply blown away by the beauty and grandness of the Great Australian Bight, while deeply concerned for what BP was proposing, and what now USA oil giant Chevron and Norwegian based Statoil is pushing ahead with.
With their concerns comes a resolve and determination to rally agains Chevron.
Read more: Jeedara the film premiers in the USA - Hollywood, while film festival awards continue to roll in
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
It is sobering to think that 4 years ago the Liberal Government was spending $110 million on preparation and testing for the establishment of a massive container port in beautiful Westernport in Victoria. The jack up barges were out on the water; the seismic testing was being completed and the locals were being spruiked of the “benefits” of this giant port.
Preserve Westernport Action Group, based on Phillip Island and surrounds. And similar groups around the Bay were having none of it. The proposed port in Hastings was to be a 5km long concrete monster. It required 24 million cubic metres of sea bed dredging.
This is a fragile, delicately balanced marine environment. Not an industrial shipping hub!
Our group lobbied, rallied, held stalls, workshops. We made noise when few others were prepared to join in.
Read more: A win for the locals in Western Port, Phillip Island - What a fight! What journey! What an outcome!
Friday, 02 June 2017
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia states, "After sell out shows around Australia, It’s now the United States chance to see truly one of the great natural wonders of the world, one of the Earth’s best kept secrets, the Great Australian Bight. This film is the story of the campaign, that showcases one of the last big marine wilderness areas on Earth, one of the world’s most significant southern right whale nurseries, Nature on a grand scale, and one of the big environmental wins of 2016."
“Jeedara the film was recently entered into a number of international film festivals and is now a winner in the category of Foreign Feature and is a finalist for the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. The film makers have done an amazing job with this doco, however the credit must also go to Mother Nature, for she is the real star in this documentary, as to me nature is the greatest and grandest show on earth, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Great Australian Bight.”
Read more: JEEDARA the film attracts Hollywood celebs for USA premier on world oceans day
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...