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Analysis of the legal implications following the first grindadráp in the Danish Faroe Islands since Sea Shepherd captain Jessie Treverton was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to dolphins using existing Faroese animal welfare legislation

by Robert Read – Chief Operating Officer at Sea Shepherd UK

Captain Jessie Treverton in Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands in August 2016 to demand a court trial date.  Photo: Sea Shepherd UKThe grindadráp of the 21st May 2017 was also the first hunt since the extraordinary court trial on the 24th November 2016 of Sea Shepherd captain Jessie Treverton (UK). The Faroese prosecutor in Tórshavn put Jessie Treverton on trial for breaching Faroese animal welfare laws by causing 'unnecessary suffering' to a pod of dolphins. This followed an action by Jessie Treverton and two other female crew members from France on the 17th September 2014 where Jessie successfully protected a pod of over 200 protected Atlantic white-sided dolphins from a potential grindadráp by driving them away from the islands using the Sea Shepherd boat MV Spitfire. Afterwards MV Spitfire was chased and boarded by Danish armed forces in a military RIB resulting in Spitfire being confiscated and the three women arrested by Faroese police.

Read more: Analysis of the legal implications following the first grindadráp in the Danish Faroe Islands...

Report on the first grindadráp of 2017 in which 84 long finned pilot whales were killed the Danish Faroe Islands

by Robert Read – Chief Operating Officer at Sea Shepherd UK

Pilot Whale DefenceOn the evening of 21st May the first pilot whale drive hunt (grindadráp) of 2017 took place on the Danish Faroe Islands at the killing bay at Bøur, near the town of Sørvágur.

The Pod of long finned pilot whales was driven for almost four hours by at first three boats, then five (including at least two RIBs) then by over 20 Faroese boats of various types including small sports fishing boats, speed boats and a large RHIB from the Faroese Government patrol vessel ‘Brimil’.

During the drive hunt images were being uploaded to Faroese online news websites taken from at least one of the participating small boats while at least three local journalists and/or photographers were waiting with cameras at the killing bay at Bøur.

Read more: Report on the first grindadráp of 2017 in which 84 long finned pilot whales were killed the Danish...

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.

Read more: In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing

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.

Read more: In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 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

Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”

By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global

An industrial purse seiner fishing for tuna in West Africa. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoThe campaign “Another Perspective on Fish” is a global campaign committed to the emergence in the collective consciousness of the question of sentient aquatic animals (fish, but also cephalopods and crustaceans).

Fish represent 97-98% of the animals killed for their flesh, with capture methods and killing processes that would shock the public and that would certainly be forbidden if they were land animals. Yet, what appears to be ethically outrageous and ecologically criminal on land is largely ignored or accepted at sea.

Read more: Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”

Reversing Our Plastic Mistakes

By Gary Stokes

Fruit packaged in plastic and foamFruit packaged in plastic and foamThe plastic age is upon us, the effects of mankind’ s obsession with this incredible, indestructible material is now coming back to haunt us. Who ever thought that using the most permanent of materials for disposable single use items was a good idea has doomed humanity, unless we can turn the tide and change our convenient throw away lifestyles.

 

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Japan Underestimates the Global Movement That is Sea Shepherd

Commentary by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Coordinator Jessie Treverton (UK)

Cove Guardians

Last night I arrived back in London after what I consider a successful trip despite my entry into Japan being refused.

On 9th December I flew to Japan to continue my work as leader of the Sea Shepherd team currently in Taiji. I had already been in Japan for several months this year documenting the capture of dolphins from the wild for the lucrative live dolphin industry and the linked senseless slaughter of thousands of dolphins destined to be sold as meat for human consumption despite it being proven toxic. This hunt continues daily in Taiji running from September until the end of February each year.

On my arrival back in Japan I got to the immigration desk and handed over my passport and had my fingerprints scanned, I immediately sensed the officers alert. The officer studied the screen and in moments other officers approached and asked me to come with them.

Read more: Japan Underestimates the Global Movement That is Sea Shepherd

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  2. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  3. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  4. 06 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  5. 30 Jan 2016 - Letter To the Editor of DIVER magazine
  6. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  7. 05 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  8. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  9. 15 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  10. 04 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  11. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  12. 03 Jul 2015 - Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
  13. 29 Jun 2015 - The Consequences of Successful Intervention
  14. 13 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  15. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  16. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  17. 02 Apr 2015 - Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  18. 04 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  19. 04 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  20. 29 Jan 2015 - ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  21. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  22. 01 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  23. 11 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  24. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  25. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  26. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  27. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  28. 19 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  29. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  30. 01 Aug 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  31. 25 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  32. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  33. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  34. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  35. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  36. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  37. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  38. 07 Apr 2014 - Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  39. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  40. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  41. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  42. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  43. 20 Feb 2014 - On Being Relentless - Update from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  44. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  45. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  46. 23 Jan 2014 - An Open Letter to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic
  47. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  48. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  49. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  50. 04 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  51. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  52. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  53. 13 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  54. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  55. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  56. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  57. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  58. 20 Sep 2013 - How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  59. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  60. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  61. 02 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  62. 28 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  63. 21 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  64. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  65. 08 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  66. 26 Jul 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  67. 12 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  68. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  69. 09 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  70. 03 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  71. 02 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  72. 20 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  73. 18 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  74. 12 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  75. 24 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  76. 23 May 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  77. 21 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  78. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  79. 16 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  80. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  81. 06 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  82. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  83. 20 Mar 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  84. 18 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  85. 16 Mar 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  86. 16 Mar 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  87. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  88. 28 Feb 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  89. 26 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  90. 22 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  91. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  92. 20 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  93. 03 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  94. 24 Jan 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  95. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  96. 09 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  97. 06 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  98. 03 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  99. 02 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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