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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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“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.

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The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife

Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt inspects fishing trawler seized in Monrovia, Liberia during 2013.
  Photo: Sea Shepherd As we headed north up the west coast of Africa, we ticked off countries one-by-one. Like the check- list of vessels that we set out to pursue on Operation Icefish, we crossed out countries as we speculated endlessly as to where the F/V Thunder would make port call. South Africa seemed unlikely. Germany and South Africa were in the middle of war games and several frigates were steaming off the Cape of Good Hope. Namibia... maybe? We knew the owner of the F/V Thunder to be Spanish and there were plenty of Spanish fishing interests operating out of Walvis Bay.

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Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Just one of the Blue sharks, entangled and killed in the driftnet of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet. Photo: Tim WattersIn the years between 1987 and 1992, Sea Shepherd launched a number of campaigns to oppose and shut down high seas drift netting.

I took three ships into these confrontations, the DIVINE WIND, the SEA SHEPHERD II and the EDWARD ABBEY.

They were campaigns of intense confrontations. We rammed drift netters and confiscated and destroyed their nets, and with every campaign we focused more and more attention on this incredibly destructive industry.

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The End of the 'Bandit 6'

By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty

Capt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersThis morning the F/V Viking came into the anchorage in the port of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the bow of the Steve Irwin, I watched her meander through the vessels and head for a spot just a few hundred meters from where I was. The F/V Viking is an illegal fishing vessel and has been a wanted vessel for more than a decade. From the anchorage the vessel is expected to head into port for an investigation into her fishing crimes, after which she will be sunk by the Indonesian navy for breaching national and international law. Since 2003, this vessel has been fishing illegally in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans and the limitations of international law have allowed her to be a step ahead of law enforcement officials. She has finally run out of luck.

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