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Biologist Alexandra Morton, actor/activist Martin Sheen, environmentalist David Suzuki to kick off campaign July 27th, 2017

RV Martin Sheen at the Philips Point Atlantic salmon farmSea Shepherd Conservation Society is reteaming with renowned Canadian biologist Alexandra Morton on Operation Virus Hunter II, the non-profit organization’s wild salmon defense campaign.

The campaign will launch on July 27th with a press conference at Vancouver’s False Creek Harbor at 1 p.m. on board Sea Shepherd’s R/VMartin Sheen.

The M/V John Paul DeJoria suffered minor damage while patrolling a marine reserve 

John Paul DeJoria rammedCOIBA, PANAMA – June 29, 2017 – A Sea Shepherd vessel suffered minor damage on Wednesday when it was rammed by a fishing boat while patrolling in the Coiba marine reserve, off the Pacific coast of Panama.

While monitoring and documenting fishing boats engaged in long-line fishing inside the reserve, the anti-poaching group’s cutter, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, was surrounded by five fishing boats at around 3pm.

Milagro IIIIn one of the longest campaigns in Sea Shepherd’s history, Operation Milagro III concluded its six-month operation in Mexico’s Gulf of California to protect the near-extinct vaquita porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass.

Two Sea Shepherd vessels, the M/V Farley Mowat, along with the M/Y Sam Simon, spent the last six months patrolling the vaquita refuge in the upper gulf, retrieving illegal gillnets that trap and kill the vaquita and totoaba, along with other marine wildlife. Together, the two ships removed 233 illegal fishing gear including 189 totoaba nets, 27 shrimp and corvina nets and 17 long lines.

Top-Selling Soap Brand Donates New Ship, MV Emanuel Bronner, to Support Wildlife Protection in the Baltic Sea

Dr Bronner Sea Shepherd BagDr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soap and body care products in North America has partnered with Sea Shepherd to launch Sea Shepherd Germany’s first vessel, the MV Emanuel Bronner. Dr. Bronner’s donated the ship to support the organization’s efforts to defend wildlife in the Baltic Sea. 

To commemorate this partnership, Dr. Bronner’s and Sea Shepherd have each released new limited edition co-branded merchandise for sale on their respective websites. 

Cason Strassman PSASea Shepherd Conservation Society partnered with a group of Hollywood industry heavyweights and a middle school from the Los Angeles Unified School District on a student filmmaking contest.

The winner’s film will released as Sea Shepherd’s official PSA for World Oceans Day on June 8th, 2017, on the organization’s website and across social media platforms.

Last December, the 7th and 8th grade Cinematic Arts Academy students at Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks, CA, were challenged to create a short film about what World Oceans Day means to them.

Double Oscar winning sound editor Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum), Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), twice Oscar nominated editor Joe Walker (Twelve Years A Slave, Arrival), Participant Pictures executive vice president of documentary films Diane Weyermann, and Sea Shepherd founder and CEO Captain Paul Watson were among the contest’s judges.

Documentary filmmakers and producers Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), Kief Davidson (The Ivory Game), Kip Andersen (Cowspiracy), Ross McCall (The Grind of the Faroe Islands), Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth), and Sea Shepherd Youth Ambassador, actor Zach Callison, rounded out the list of judges.

Adult Cuvier Whale. Photo: Fanch Martin Sea Shepherd's research vessel the R/V Martin Sheen returned to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island to continue its study of Cuvier's beaked whales, capturing never before seen drone footage of these rare and elusive cetaceans.

During the two-week expedition, Mexican lead-scientist Gustavo Cardenas Hinojosa and American collaborator Jenny Trickey, deployed various acoustic devices to compare their effectiveness. The scientists will return and leave these devices for a longer period of time.

The acoustic instruments record the whales’ echolocation clicks, helping scientists estimate the distribution and abundance of Cuvier's at the Island. Some of these instruments are also the same ones used by Cardenas in the northern Gulf of California to estimate the population trends of the near-extinct vaquita porpoise.

Conservation group will supply vessel, crew and more to Island park rangers  

MV John Paul DeJoriaPuentarenas, Costa Rica - The Rangers on Cocos Island need a fast patrol vessel and Sea Shepherd can supply that need.

Sea Shepherd arrives in Costa Rica today with an offer to assist the Central American country in controlling illegal fishing in the waters surrounding its Cocos Island National Park.

The non-profit, anti-poaching conservation society has offered to deploy the M/V John Paul DeJoria, a 110-foot Island class former United States Coast Guard patrol boat, to Cocos Island for use by its park rangers. This offer, part of Sea Shepherd’s Operation Treasured Islands campaign, also comes with the supply of Sea Shepherd crew, fuel and provisions, as well as giving Costa Rican rangers command of operations to patrol and protect the Cocos Island marine reserve. 

Cocos Island, some 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, is home to many large marine species such as hammerhead sharks, rays and dolphins. This makes it a popular destination for scuba divers, but at the same time, attracts illegal poachers, particularly those involved in the shark fin trade.

Sea Shepherd asks European Commission to hold Denmark accountable for pilot whale slaughter

Police officers employed by Denmark on board a Faroese boat actively engaged in herding pilot whales for the Grind slaughter.With the formal support of 27 Members of the European Parliament, Sea Shepherd Netherlands has officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans in the Faroe Islands.

Every year from June through November, hundreds of pilot whales are driven onto the beaches of the Faroe Islands using motor boats, then slaughtered in a practice known as the grindadráp, or Grind. Although there is an EU directive prohibiting member states from all forms of deliberate disturbance, capture, or killing of cetaceans, the self-governing Faroe Islands are a dependent territory of Denmark but not an EU member state and are, therefore, exempt from EU laws.

Photo: Glenn Lockitch/Sea Shepherd GlobalDespite our efforts to once again disrupt the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean, the Japanese whaling fleeting has reached their self-allocated quota of killing 333 minke whales.

Today Sea Shepherd mourns the loss of these whales. We have called an emergency meeting of the Global Board of Directors in Amsterdam this weekend to review our whale defense strategy in the Southern Ocean, and will release a more detailed statement on Monday morning.


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