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An Iceland Without Whaling is On the Horizon

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

First fin whale at whaling station

On Thursday 21st June Iceland killed their first endangered Fin whale since 2015 and Sea Shepherd crew were in place to document the whaling ship 'Hvalur 8' dragging it back to be butchered just before midnight and through the early hours of Friday 22nd June.

Way back in 1986, Sea Shepherd sank half the Icelandic whaling fleet and shut down their illegal whaling operations for 17 years.

So why don’t we do it again?

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Sea Shepherd partners help shut down IUU fishing from Galapagos to Southeast Asia

Sea Shepherd helps set up the AIS system in the Galapagos, 2011/2012.As governments around the world are finally recognizing the serious threat we’re facing from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, it is encouraging to see more and more people taking action to help save the oceans. The support that Sea Shepherd has and continues to get from donors and partners like the Dutch Postcode Lottery is a clear sign of what can be achieved when we combine our resources to fight international poaching operations. Commentary by Gary Stokes, Sea Shepherd Asia Director.

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Sea Shepherd must adapt to more effectively defend Dolphins

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

The bloody killing cove in TaijiSince the early Sixties, an insidious trade of intelligent, self-aware, sentient beings has been growing like a malignant cancer within human society. It is a slave trade that has been the cause of unimaginable misery and has claimed the lives of thousands of dolphins. This cruel industry has spread across Europe and Asia with hundreds of marine aquariums operating, many of them with grossly inadequate facilities. 

Sea Shepherd has been documenting and opposing the dreadful slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan since 2003. In the beginning Sea Shepherd cut nets and freed 16 pilot whales back in October 2003, an action that sent two volunteers to jail for over a month. Sea Shepherd brought the story to the world’s media with headline stories and coverage on CNN...but the killing continued.

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The Whale Wars Continue

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson in AntarcticaSea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years.

In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told it was impossible by some governments and a few NGO’s.

Hardly anyone even knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. It was out of sight and out of mind. They were targeting 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

We had few resources but we took our one battered and slow vessel, the Farley Mowat and we chased the whalers across the Southern Ocean, catching them only for a few hours at a time until they sped away from us.

Read more: The Whale Wars Continue

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...

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  1. In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing
  2. In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
  3. “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
  4. Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”
  5. Reversing Our Plastic Mistakes
  6. Japan Underestimates the Global Movement That is Sea Shepherd
  7. The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife
  8. Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  9. The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  10. Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  11. Letter To the Editor of DIVER magazine
  12. It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  13. Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  14. The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  15. Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  16. Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  17. Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  18. Saving the Smallest to Protect the Largest
  19. The Consequences of Successful Intervention
  20. Weathering the Storm
  21. World Oceans Day - Every Day
  22. Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  23. Fish On Friday - NO THANK YOU!
  24. 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  25. Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  26. ‘Hope’ is Not a Strategy – It’s a Chinese White Dolphin!
  27. Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  28. The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  29. The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  30. The Day After the Slaughter
  31. Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  32. Playing Fair with the Faroese
  33. Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  34. The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  35. Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  36. Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  37. Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  38. Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  39. Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  40. Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  41. Pills of Extinction
  42. Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  43. The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  44. Sea Shepherd Australia thanks Bob Brown, as he steps down as chairman
  45. Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  46. Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  47. Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  48. Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  49. On Being Relentless - Update from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  50. World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  51. A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  52. An Open Letter to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic
  53. The Bloody Science of Whaling
  54. Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  55. Much Ado About Nothing
  56. Hurrah for the Hammer!
  57. New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  58. Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  59. SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  60. Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  61. Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  62. Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  63. New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  64. How Deep is The CR Shark Finning Rabbit Hole?
  65. We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  66. Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  67. The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  68. And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  69. Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  70. Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  71. As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  72. Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  73. More About Scientific Whaling...
  74. Week Three in The Hague
  75. My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  76. “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  77. Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  78. The First Day of Summer 2013
  79. The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  80. Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  81. Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  82. Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  83. FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  84. Paddling For The Oceans
  85. The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  86. Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  87. Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  88. The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  89. The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  90. CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  91. The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  92. CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  93. The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  94. Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  95. Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  96. Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  97. I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  98. Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  99. Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  100. Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  101. Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  102. Vote Rigging In CITES?
  103. Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  104. Sharks on the Roof
  105. Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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