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Sea Shepherd is delighted that Coldplay has chosen to support our efforts of stopping the damaging effects of over-fishing and other threats to marine wildlife, particularly issues faced by whales and dolphins.

In 2019, Coldplay pledged to pause their touring until there was an environmentally sustainable way of doing so.  

Coldplay’s ‘Music of the Spheres’ World tour kicks off 18 March. When they hit the road, they aim to:

  • Cut their tour emissions by 50%, compared to the band’s last tour in 2016-17
  • Power every show with renewable, super-slow emission energy – with solar installations, waste cooking oil and a kinetic stadium floor using kinetic bikes powered by fans
  • Provide each venue with a sustainability rider requesting best environmental practices
  • Encourage fans to use low carbon transport to and from shows via the official tour app and reward those who do with a discount at venues
  • Ensure all merchandise is sustainably and ethically sourced
  • Offer free drinking water, striving to eliminate plastic bottles at every venue
  • Put 10% of all earnings into a fund for environmental and socially conscious causes

If you’re at one of their performances, look out for Sea Shepherd before the start of the show when they showcase us and other organisations they are supporting.

Thank you to Coldplay for raising people’s awareness for what we do and for helping us continue our work to conserve and protect the ocean and its inhabitants.

You can read more about our association here: https://sustainability.coldplay.com
Music of the Spheres Tour and Tickets - https://www.coldplay.com/tour

 Coldplay    Sea Shepherd
selkie 7
 
Introducing 'LCVP SELKIE' - Sea Shepherd’s first landing craft which has been named after the Selkies (seal folk) from Celtic and Norse mythology.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Defence in 1984 and completed in 1985 at the Souter shipyard at Cowes (Isle of Wight), this Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) was designed primarily to operate from the Royal Navy's amphibious warships HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid. The LCVP Mk.4 was then operated by a crew of three and carried up to 35 Royal Marines, 5500 kg of cargo, vehicles, trailers, or light guns, and was also used to support disaster relief efforts around the world.
 
Our LCVP was decommissioned and sold by the MOD in around 2012, was fully rebuilt and has worked commercially as a diver deployment, search and recovery, and general workboat in and around the East Anglian coastline. Sea Shepherd UK purchased the vessel in late 2021 thanks to the generosity of a single UK donor who was inspired by Sea Shepherd’s marine conservation campaigns.
Over last two months LCVP Selkie has been stripped back, fully re-painted and was delivered overnight via road transporter and was lowered into the water at Kip Marina and then to her new mooring looking out onto the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.
 
LCVP Selkie opens up more possibilities for Sea Shepherd campaigns than traditional boats and RIBs with the unique ability to recover larger marine debris, ropes and nets direct from the water via her bow ramp and winches, deploy divers, engage in patrols by day and night, and land on almost any beach, embark around 3,000 kg (which could be marine debris, a vehicle or indeed any load) and then retract back to sea.
 
'LCVP Selkie'
Ex-MOD Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel Mk.4

Basic Specifications:

Engines: 2 x 268HP engines with ZF V-drives to 4 blade screws recessed into half tunnels under the hull for protection
Length: 14.1m
Hull: Shell plating of N8 (BS.1470) aluminium, with 4.8-mm thick topsides and 7.99-mm bottom plating reinforced with 3 aluminium keel strips.
Range: 200 NM at 14kts cruising speed with the ability to extend with additional fuel tanks.
Speed: 20kts unladen and 13kts fully laden
Load area: Bow ramp with 2.17 m clear opening and a 8.86-m long well-deck currently configured with a section of MOD Arctic canopy which provides a chartroom and additional area for crew.
 

A generous donation from Henri-Lloyd strengthens Sea Shepherd’s efforts to protect marine biodiversity and ocean habitats.

henri lloyd jan 24 2022

Jan. 5, 2022 - Sea Shepherd UK’s fight to defend, conserve, and protect the ocean and marine wildlife has received an exciting boost. Henri-Lloyd, a leader in the world of innovative and responsibly made performance clothing that protects sailors and adventurers from the most extreme weather, has donated £4,496.31 to support Sea Shepherd UK’s efforts to battle ghost gear, ghost nets and marine debris.

This brilliant donation will help fund operating costs for Sea Shepherd UK’s Operation Ghostnet Campaign in 2022. Enabling more discarded fishing gear and debris from coastal areas around the UK to be collected.

Whilst many retailers were dropping their prices during Black Friday 2021, Henri-Lloyd turned the tide by encouraging consumers to only buy what they needed and offering conscious consumers a way to give back with every purchase.

“It’s been great working alongside the team at Sea Shepherd UK in supporting this campaign. The oceans are central to our brand and have been since 1963, so keeping the seas healthy and protected is vital. Thank you to all of our customers who helped us turn Black Friday, Blue.”
- Dan Williams, Brand Director.

Founded by Henri Strzelecki and Angus Lloyd in 1963, Henri-Lloyd now sells direct to customers through their own channels, which allows the brand to focus on delivering on its sustainability promises. By eliminating inflated retail prices that come with selling through wholesale, Henri-Lloyd is able to offer higher quality products at fair and affordable prices everyday, so that quality investment pieces are available to all.
Thanks to all at Henri-Lloyd for their support.

Shop the Henri-Lloyd collection | www.henrilloyd.com

After one of the worst years for dolphins in the Faroe Islands in history - Sea Shepherd’s determination to end the grindadrap now intensifies with a significantly upscaled 14th campaign year (our 7th consecutive year on the Faroe Islands). The new campaign will use new resources, more volunteer crew on the ground for longer than ever before, and we will have experienced media teams with us for the entire campaign.

Sea Shepherd was first activist group in the Faroes in 1983, with further direct-action campaigns in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Then due to vessel restrictions directed at Sea Shepherd as well as new Faroese legislation preventing interventions from any activists against the grindadrap - Sea Shepherd UK launched ‘Operation Bloody Fjords’ with land-based crew being sent to the islands every year since 2017 to investigate, document and expose the barbaric hunts to the world to bring pressure on the Faroese to end the grindadráp. Our crew have been instructed since 2017 to make sure that they film and photograph the killing of Atlantic White Sided Dolphins which (unlike with the killing of pilot whales from which the grindadrap gets its name), has always been a story the Faroese Media, their tourism board ‘Visit Faroe Islands’ and their government actively suppressed with few images and no video published. To make this point our Operation Bloody Fjords logo was designed with both a pilot whale and an Atlantic white-sided dolphin.

Sea Shepherd’s volunteer crew over the years 2017 to 2021 have documented 47 grindadrap hunts, including 13 where Atlantic White Sided dolphins, Northern Bottlenose Whales or Bottlenose Dolphins were killed:

2017
5th July at Hvannasund - 70 Long-finned pilot whales

8th July at Hvannasund - 71 Long-finned pilot whales

9th July at Tórshavn - 26 Long-finned pilot whales

10th July at Skálabotnur - 2 Long-finned pilot whales

16th July at Vágur - 30 Long-finned pilot whales & 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

17th July at Hvannasund - 191 Long-finned pilot whales

25th July at Syðrugøta - 16 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

5th August at Funningsfjørður - 133 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

5th August at Hvannasund - 39 Long-finned pilot whales & 1 Atlantic white-sided dolphin

18th August at Tórshavn - 61 Long-finned pilot whales

20th August at Borðoyarvík - 27 Long finned pilot whales

21st August at Skálabotnur - 48 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

22nd August at Húsavík - 19 Long-finned pilot whales

29th August at Hvannasund - 46 Long-finned pilot whales

1st September at Bøur - 29 Long-finned pilot whales

2018

14th June at Sandur - 4 Long finned pilot whales

30th June at Borðoyarvík - 26 Long finned pilot whales

24th July at Tórshavn - 51 Long finned pilot whales

30th July at Sandavágur - 135 Long finned pilot whales & 1 Bottlenose Dolphin

30th July at Tórshavn - 38 Long finned pilot whales

31st July at Húsavík - 22 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

16th August at Hvannasund - 87 Long finned pilot whales & 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

21st August at Sandavágur - 75 Long finned pilot whales

29th August at Hvalba - 4 Northern Bottlenose whales

5th September at Bøur - 1 Long finned pilot whale

11th September at Hvalvik - 210 Atlantic white sided dolphins

16th September at Norðragøta - 12 Long finned pilot whales

21st September at Syðrugøta - 51 Long finned pilot whales

2019

2nd August at Hvalvik - 23 long finned pilot whales

27th August at Vestmanna - 98 long finned pilot whales

9th September at Trongisvágur - 49 long finned pilot whales

28th September at Sandvik - 4 long finned pilot whales


2020 (campaign significantly restricted by Covid-19 regulations)

17th August at Sandvik - 6 Northern Bottlenose whales

19th August at Hvalba - 5 Northern Bottlenose whales

16th October at Hvalvik - 66 long finned pilot whales

2021

28th April at Hvannasund - 10 long finned pilot whales

29th May in Torshavn - 22 long finned pilot whales

26th June at Leynar - 52 long finned pilot whales

27th June at Hvannasund - 123 long finned pilot whales

7th July at Sandavagur - 77 long finned pilot whales

8th July at Hvalba - 136 long finned pilot whales

1st August at Hvannasund - 38 long finned pilot whales

10th August at Skalabotnur - 24 long finned pilot whales

10th August at Klaksvik - 38 long finned pilot whales

16th August at Leynar - 38 long finned pilot whales

1st September at Leynar – 57 long finned pilot whales

12th September at Skalabotnur - 1428 Atlantic white sided dolphins 


Video and hundreds of images are now freely available to the media, with many of these published also on our campaign’s portfolio page at:  https://seashepherduk.myportfolio.com/ 


The most recent Atlantic White Sided Dolphin hunt last year on September 12th was filmed by a Faroese Sea Shepherd crewmember and the resulting images and video caused international outrage. In that single hunt a total of 1428 Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins were driven 45km over about 5 hours by speed boats and jet-skis into the shallow waters at Skálabotnur in the Faroe Islands. Every single member of that pod was killed.

The aftermath of the dolphin massacre of September 12th, 2021, in Skálafjörður. Faroe Islands [Photo: Sea Shepherd]The aftermath of the dolphin massacre of September 12th, 2021, in Skálafjörður. Faroe Islands [Photo: Sea Shepherd]

This hunt was the largest single hunt of dolphins or pilot whales in Faroese history (the next largest being 1200 pilot whales back in 1940) and is possibly the largest single hunt of cetaceans ever recorded worldwide.

The dolphin massacre was cruel, drawn out and badly managed by the grind foremen with animals left suffering and waiting to be killed for far too long - that it is no surprise the hunt was criticized publicly in the Faroese media and even by some outspoken pro-whalers and politicians in the Faroe Islands.

Sea Shepherd’s footage showed many of the dolphins were still alive when they were thrown ashore onto other recently killed members of their family pod. Photos also showed many of the dolphins had been run over by motorboats, essentially hacked by propellers, which would have contributed to their slow and painful deaths.

Picture2One of many dolphins injured by boat propellers during the hunt of September 12th at Skálafjörður [Photo: Sea Shepherd]

Within days, Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet published interviews with locals, whose full names are redacted for their families’ safety, explaining how a lot of Faroese are furious with what happened. “My guess is that most of the dolphins will be thrown in the trash or in a hole in the ground,” said one. “We should have quotas per district, and we should not kill dolphins,” said another. One local has asked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to investigate the matter, saying “If she expresses her criticism, then it will also be easier for the locals who want this barbaric tradition stopped.” Others express worry that the international press showing the slaughtered dolphins put their exports at risk (the Faroe Islands export salmon to the UK, US, and Russia).

Even the local Faroese press, usually reluctant to publish anything against the hunt, quotes Hans Jacob Hermansen, former chairman of the Grind, saying the killing was unnecessary.

To get a sense of scale; this single hunt of 1428 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins at Skálabotnur significantly exceeded the numbers of dolphins killed during any full 6-month hunt season in recent years at the infamous ‘Cove’ at Taiji in Japan.

This cruel and unnecessary hunt was carried out towards the end of the summer when the Faroese have already killed 615 long finned pilot whales, bringing the total number of cetaceans killed in 2021 in the Faroe Islands to a shocking 2043.

4 days after the unprecedented dolphin hunt, the Faroese Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen stated “We take this matter very seriously. Although these hunts are considered sustainable, we will be looking closely at the dolphin hunts, and what part they should play in Faroese society. The government has decided to start an evaluation of the regulations on the catching of Atlantic white-sided dolphins”.

Over 5 months later Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen remains virtually silent on the dolphin hunt and his promised review. However this week the Faroese Parliament (Løgting) discussed the matter though any decision seems to be still weeks away, if indeed any decision is made at all with many speculating that the Faroese parliament is stalling to see if the international outrage subsides.

However, Sea Shepherd, together the London based impact consultancy ‘Shared Planet’ and our growing #StopTheGrind coalition has been working hard to make sure that pressure on the Faroese only intensifies this year.

Our coordinated multi-pronged strategy has already started with Conservationists, NGOs, Politicians, Celebrities, lawyers, and commercial stakeholders working to achieve positive change on different aspects of the ‘Grind’ including working to have future trade agreements with the UK and other nations include a condition that the Faroe Islands no longer kills dolphins and pilot whales.

“The UK and indeed all other nations where dolphin hunts and whaling are already banned must make it clear that they have Zero-Tolerance of the cruel Faroese grindadrap hunts. The pilot whales and other dolphin species killed in the Faroe Islands already face many challenges to their future survival from climate change, by-catch, overfishing, noise and chemical pollution, lost / discarded ghost fishing gear, plastics in the ocean and microplastics in their food chain. Ending the killing of hundreds, sometimes thousands of dolphins each year can, unlike the other issues, be achieved almost immediately if the political will exists – and we as citizens must make sure that our politicians act on our behalf so that our children and future generations can see these magnificent and intelligent species around our shores and not just as an entry under ‘extinct species’ in books and on the internet” - Rob Read, COO at Sea Shepherd UK

Every year, Sea Shepherd encounters more Faroe islanders who are opposed to the Grind, but who feel unable to speak out publicly for fear of reprisals. However, progress is being made and now we have both Faroese crew and other collaborators who we’ll support and encourage their efforts to bring an end to this needless and cruel slaughter of Pilot Whales and other dolphins.

During 2021 our crew experienced more support than ever before from Faroese citizens - not only against the grindadrap hunts but also for other Sea Shepherd campaigns around the world.  This year our international volunteer crew will do everything we can to engage with and encourage more Faroese citizens and look towards establishing a Sea Shepherd Faroe Islands chapter.

Sea Shepherd also continues our campaign for international pressure on the Faroe Islands to end the pilot whale and dolphin hunts. We call upon both compassionate citizens and companies to boycott especially Faroese seafood products, for tourists to choose more whale and dolphin friendly destinations, and for Cruise Ship Companies to reconsider any future visits to the islands until the grindadráp hunts are banned.

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

As an individual, you can help our #StopTheGrind coalition by visiting: https://www.stopthegrind.org/take-action and sign all the listed petitions.

If you are a public figure, stakeholder, company or NGO you can join the coalition at: https://www.stopthegrind.org/the-coalition

Picture3Grindadrap at Hvalvik of 210 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins on 11th September 2018 [Photo: Sea Shepherd UK]

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Further information on the Faroese Grindadráp hunts:

The grindadráp (or ‘grind’ as the hunts are commonly called) can happen at any time at any of the 26 designated killing bays around the islands, with most of the hunts occurring between June and September.  

The grindadráp has no quota and the Faroese usually authorize a hunt when a pod is spotted near the coastline. Typically, around 850 small cetaceans are killed each year and every member of every pod is killed including pregnant mothers, juveniles, and weaning calves.

The grindadráp would be totally illegal under European Union legislation, because in the EU (including the kingdom of Denmark) is illegal to kill, harass or stress any cetaceans. Despite the Kingdom of Denmark being in the EU, the Faroe Islands is not, although the islands are within Europe and benefits substantially from subsidies of around $100million (USD equivalent) from Denmark as well as having free trade agreements with the UK and EU.

The pilot whale meat which is contaminated by DDT, PCB and industrial heavy metal pollutants including mercury - poisons not only the Faroese people, but also tourists. The hunts are fully sanctioned by the Faroese government, defended by the Kingdom of Denmark (via the Danish Navy, Police and Court systems) and is continued as little more than a national sport poorly justified with arguments of sustainability, history and culture.  

The horrifying number of each dolphin and whale species killed in the Faroe Islands since 2017:

Yr.2017 - 1203 pilot whales and 488 Atlantic white sided dolphins

Yr.2018 - 625 pilot whales, 255 Atlantic white sided dolphins and 1 bottlenose dolphin (unreported by the Faroese in official statistics but documented on video by Sea Shepherd crew present at the hunt)

Yr.2019 - 682 long finned pilot whales and 8 Atlantic white sided dolphins

Yr.2020 - 530 long finned pilot whales, 35 Atlantic white sided dolphins and 11 northern bottlenose whales

Yr.2021 - 615 long finned pilot whales and 1428 Atlantic white sided dolphins

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For more information, or for press enquiries please contact Sea Shepherd on: 

faroes@seashepherduk.org
media@seashepherduk.org
media@seashepherdglobal.org

The web pages for Operation Bloody Fjords are at: https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/campaigns/operation-bloody-fjords/ 

The social media page for the campaign is at: https://www.facebook.com/OpBloodyFjords/  

View photos and videos from Sea Shepherd UK’s campaigns including the last 5 years of Operation Bloody Fjords at: https://seashepherduk.myportfolio.com/ 

Sea Shepherd UK can be followed at: https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/ and at https://www.facebook.com/SeaShepherdUK

Fathoms Free
Ghostnet Diving
NARC
Sea Shepherd Ghostnet

Abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), otherwise known as ghost gear, has been receiving more and more attention in recent years. Scientific reports indicate that ghost nets are the deadliest form of marine plastic pollution, killing millions of marine animals.

Thankfully, there are many organisations working to combat this problem internationally. Specifically in the UK, several marine conservation groups have thrown themselves into the fight against ghost gear, carrying out cleanup projects with expert divers.

To reduce the response time to reported sightings of ghost gear and to widen their geographical reach, Fathoms Free, Ghost Diving UK, NARC and Sea Shepherd Ghostnet Campaign have decided to form a coalition to combine their extensive resources and improve efficiency. The new coalition will be named the UK Ghost Gear Coalition.

From now on, when members of the public report ghost gear sightings on the platform of one coalition member, the data will become immediately available to all members of the UK Ghost Gear Coalition (UKGCC). This will ensure the quickest and most efficient response, minimizing travel times by using the closest resources available.

Retrieving ghost gear is demanding in terms of logistics, and the coalition aims to meet these demands in the best way possible. By utilizing divers who are most closely located to the reported sighting, response times will be dramatically reduced, and the carbon footprint will be significantly reduced.

As well as these improvements in efficiency, UKGGC members will work together to ensure safe practices and use each other’s experiences in a program of continuous development.

The coalition also aims to build awareness of marine pollution and the ghost fishing phenomenon by participating in school programs and public events.

The UKGGC is open to working with other organisations dedicated to removing ghost gear from the sea before it harms marine life or reaches our shores. If there are any other organisations who would like to join the coalition and work with us, then please contact us.

CONTACT INFO

Tony Land tony@seashepherduk.org

+44 7810710210


Fathoms Free

Formed in 2014 by conservationists to address the issue of marine plastics and debris around the shores of Cornwall. Fathoms Free has now evolved to a team of volunteer divers dedicated to dealing with ALDFG (abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear) and marine debris. With their own RHIB for faster responses from any coastline and a great relationship with charters in the area, they're tackling the issue head on by cleaning up the wrecks and reefs of ghost fishing gear around South West England.

Fathoms Free Report

Ghost Diving UK

Ghost Diving UK is part of a global organisation founded in 2012, run by volunteer scuba divers who are specialised in the removal of lost fishing gear and other marine debris. They carry out innovative and challenging nature conservation projects independently or together with other common goal organisations. Through significant cleanup results and inspiring underwater photography, they have been instrumental in bringing the phenomenon of 'ghost fishing' to the attention of the public. In the UK, they operate in the north from Tynemouth and target wrecks in the North Sea and soon on the south east and west coasts.

Ghost Diving UK Report

NARC

Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) is an award winning charity formed in 2005 by local diver, Dave Kennard. The charity is entirely run by volunteers who are passionate about having a positive impact upon the marine environment. Since inception NARC has carried out over 2000 underwater clean-ups and worked with a number of partners in the UK and abroad. Along with clean-up diving NARC focuses on raising awareness of the impacts and working on collaborative solutions along the Pembrokeshire coastline.

NARC Report

Sea Shepherd Ghostnet Campaign

As part of a global effort by Sea Shepherd to combat the issue of discarded fishing gear, Sea Shepherd UK launched its Ghostnet Campaign in January 2018 to concentrate on known problem areas around UK coastal waters. The campaign will operate out of Grimsby and focus on the E. Yorkshire/N. Lincs coastline during 2022.

Sea Shepherd Ghostnet Campaign Report

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