Thanks to the strong opposition of citizens, the French governement finally refused to allow Melrose to drill off the coast, but many other drilling projects are still pending. Sea Shepherd activsts were among thousands of activists that day, along with a ship proudly flying the Jolly Roger. As a French reporter stated the arrival of the pirates did not go unnoticed.
"We do not want ever want to see what happened in the gulf of Mexico happen here in the Med" said Lamya Essemlali. "Every time the government will be tempted to sell out the marine biodiversity to oil companies, they must know that we, citizens and NGO's, will be there to oppose it. This is just the beginning of an ongoing resistance to oil companies".