Friday, 24 March 2017
By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global
The 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”
Tuesday, 07 February 2017
By Gary Stokes
Fruit 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.
Read more: Reversing Our Plastic Mistakes
Monday, 12 December 2016
Commentary by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Coordinator Jessie Treverton (UK)
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
Monday, 09 May 2016
Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
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.
Read more: The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to...
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
In 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.
Read more: Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
Monday, 07 March 2016
By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty
This 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.
Read more: The End of the 'Bandit 6'
Saturday, 06 February 2016
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
If Greenpeace supports sealing, would Greenpeace also support African Bushmeat?
What will Greenpeace do about their seal fur promoter Jon Burgwald?
So far Greenpeace has not responded to my request that they terminate Jon Burgwald as Arctic Campaign Director.
As a co-founder of Greenpeace and the person who initiated and led the first Greenpeace campaigns to defend seals on the East Coast of Canada I never thought I would see the day when a paid Greenpeace director would accept a gift of a seal fur vest, would wear a seal skin coat and would promote commercial sealing and the use of seal fur in the fashion industry (interview with Jon Burgwald).
Read more: Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
Saturday, 30 January 2016
Letter To the Editor of DIVER magazine:
The article which was generally promoting diving in the Faroe Islands raised quite a storm among the UK’s Marine Conservation activist community, not because the article was promoting diving in the Faroe Islands - but because the author chose to use the article to talk about the Faroese grindadrap (drive hunts of pilot whales) in a positive light using factually incorrect statements.
Jo Caird went diving with the only dive centre in the Faroe Islands which (since the dive-master ‘Janus’ does not own a boat) use a co-owned fishing boat used also to drive in pods of Pilot Whales in the grindadrap hunts. This is (arguably in many people’s minds) little different to going 'whale watching on a whaling boat'. Just because there is not a harpoon being fired it does not change the fact that the boat is also used to hunt whales. In the case of this boat used by the Faroese dive centre - it used to harass and drive ashore entire pods of pilot whales which are then slaughtered on any one of the 23 killing bays around the islands which includes a bay at Klaksvik. Tragically grindadrap hunts spare not a single member of the pod they target, the entire family of pilot whales is killed including pregnant females and juveniles.
Read more: Letter To the Editor of DIVER magazine