President Toribiong should be commended for his concern and desire to eradicate shark poaching in his nation’s waters. Sea Shepherd applauds the President’s courage in speaking up on such matters that other national leaders, especially leaders of powerful nations, refuse to address.

Shark protection remains a major focus for Sea Shepherd and they are already in discussion with several other Pacific islands that are keen to work with them to defend their marine environments. The Bob Barker is currently in drydock undergoing repairs and maintenance, she will be ready in time to cover the Southern Ocean if the Japanese whalers return this year, but if they do not, then she will patrol the Pacific in defense of sharks.

There is no shortage of poachers in the South Pacific and thus, no shortage of illegal fishing operations for Sea Shepherd to intervene against.