- Saturday, 13 January 2018
Sea Shepherd UK (SSUK) announce our first campaign to remove hazardous ghostnets and other lost fishing gear from coastal areas around England, Scotland and Wales.
Once lost or discarded, sections of fishing net and other fishing equipment can drift through the ocean or be left snagged on wrecks, rocks and reefs indiscriminately killing marine wildlife for decades. Sea Shepherd UK’s Ghostnet Campaign will utilise our own highly experienced volunteer divers and our UK fleet of four Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to survey sections of the UK’s coastline and recover as many nets and other lost gear as possible. Surveys have already been conducted around North Wales and the campaign will be rolled out into other areas as the appropriate permits for ghost gear retrieval have been granted to Sea Shepherd UK.
Read more: Sea Shepherd UK launches our new Ghostnet Campaign
- Wednesday, 08 November 2017
Report by Robert Read – Chief Operations Officer at Sea Shepherd UK.
Sea Shepherd can now reveal that as part of our ongoing Operation Bloody Fjords we coordinated ten weeks of covert land-based patrols from July to early September this year in the Danish Faroe Islands. The patrols involved a total of 18 crew from the United Kingdom and France with the aims of exposing the continued barbaric killing of dolphins and pilot whales by the Faroese, and gaining footage and photographs to look for potential breaches in Faroese animal welfare legislation.
Centrally coordinated by Sea Shepherd UK, the crews were based in six different Faroese towns covering 19 designated whaling bays. During the ten weeks our volunteer crew who used their personal vacation time to blend in with other tourists managed to document nine separate grindadráp, which accounted for the deaths of 198 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and 436 pilot whales. Crewmembers also recorded evidence of the annual Fulmar hunt, recorded the public pilot whale butchering demonstration at Klaksvik, and -- for the first time -- the transportation of six pilot whales from a grindadráp at Hvannasund to Klaksvik and across the islands for processing and sale within the main supermarket in Torshavn.
Read more: Operation Bloody Fjords update: Covert patrols documenting the slaughter go completely undetected...
- Wednesday, 08 November 2017
With the arrival of the M/Y Bob Barker in Bremen, Germany for three months of repair work and maintenance, a joint operation between Sea Shepherd and the Gabonese government to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in Central West Africa, has officially concluded.
The campaign, Operation Albacore II, aimed to expand existing monitoring, control and surveillance measures to detect and deter IUU fishing activity, while also monitoring legal compliance by licensed fishing operators in the waters of the Republic of Gabon. During a four-month period, Gabonese Navy (Marine Nationale) and officers with the Gabonese Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) were stationed on board the Bob Barker, working alongside Sea Shepherd crew to patrol Gabon's sovereign waters. Admiral Giuseppe de Giorgi, the former Chief of the Italian Navy also crewed on the Bob Barker with Sea Shepherd, contributing his experience and skills to increase law enforcement capability in the region.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Concludes Operation to Combat Illegal Fishing in Central West Africa
- Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Sea Shepherd and scientist Alexandra Morton have new evidence on the impacts that salmon farms have on wild fish in British Columbia, Canada.
Sea Shepherd’s research vessel, the R/V Martin Sheen, is currently in the middle of Operation Virus HunterII, a salmon defense campaign off the coast of British Columbia, assisting Morton in her investigation on the impact that salmon farms have on wild salmon and herring populations in the province.
Read more: Breaking Discovery on New Impact Salmon Farms Have on the Wild
- 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
- Friday, 01 September 2017
Do you know where your entertainment comes from? Video asks
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has released a video about dolphin captivity today, the same day that Japan begins its annual six-month dolphin drive in Taiji.
The video, titled "Where Does Your Entertainment Come From?" begins with shots of dolphins performing at a marine park to enthusiastic crowds. The video takes a turn when the same footage begins to go in reverse, but goes further back to trace just how dolphins end up in these dolphinariums in the first place.
Read more: Sea Shepherd Releases Powerful Video on the Same Day Japan Begins Its Annual Dolphin Hunt
- Thursday, 31 August 2017
Second salmon farm now occupied by First Nations
The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, led by Hereditary Chief Willie Moon, occupied another Marine Harvest salmon farm, Wicklow Point, in the Broughton Archipelago off northeastern Vancouver Island, on Thursday.
This second occupation follows their August 23rd day-long peaceful occupation of Cermaq’s Burdwood Farm.
On August 24th, hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred led a group of Namgis and Mamalilikala First Nations as they occupied the Marine Harvest-owned Swanson salmon farm. Today is the eighth day of the occupation.
Read more: Fight For Wild Salmon Escalates in British Columbia After Washington’s Farmed Salmon Spill
- Thursday, 24 August 2017
Hereditary Chief Ernest Alexander Alfred, along with a group of First Nations people, have peacefully occupied the Marine Harvest salmon farm, Swanson Island.
They state they will remain on the farm until their Chiefs are satisfied that the Province of British Columbia has cancelled that farm’s Licence of Occupation and forcing it to leave their territory. The farm is located 17km east of Alert Bay.
On April 23, 2017, Ernest Alfred and other Hereditary Chiefs invited all political candidates to the Namgis Big House in Alert Bay to state their position on removing salmon farms to protect wild fish. Both the Green Party and the NDP candidates stated they would work to remove salmon farms from the territories of First Nations who do not want salmon farms operating in their waters.
Read more: First Nations Occupy Salmon Farm Until British Columbia Government Cancels License of Occupation