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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.

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Love is Love - Sea Shepherd supports marriage equality in Australia

Love is LoveIt is integral to the spirit of Sea Shepherd Australia to speak to government in the face of injustice and thus it is incumbent that we voice our support for marriage equality in Australia.

Many of our staff, crew, supporters and volunteers are LGBTQ and it is a gross miscarriage of justice that they are denied the right to marry whomever they choose to love.

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Federal push for drumlines in West does nothing for public safety

Commentary by Mike Dicks

Shark caught on drumlines in Western AustraliaThe Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenburg calls on the WA Labor Government to install drum lines and kill large sharks. He is supported by the West Australian newspaper who regularly push their own agenda on this issue and promote fear and scaremongering amongst their readers. The Coalition Government and the West are out of touch with the Australian people, out of touch with nature and out of touch with the future for our children and grandchildren.

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Sea Shepherd joins stop Adani Alliance and the fight for our Great Barrier Reef and children's future

Turtle and bleached coral at Heron Island Feb 2016. Photo: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers

It’s no secret that climate change is killing our primary life support system, our oceans, whether this be in the form of warming or acidification, the killing of our mangroves or reefs, like our Great Barrier Reef or that we are missing 40% of the phytoplankton plants that give us with the majority of the air that we breathe.

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Sea Shepherd condemns Japan's Governments bill to resume commercial whaling

Sea Shepherd is anti-whaling - not anti-Japanese

Minke whale from Operation Zero ToleranceJeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia.


This bill lays down the necessary matters to carry out scientific research whaling in a stable and continuous way, in order to carry out commercial whaling," it reads. Japan considers whaling to be a cultural right and conducts annual hunts in the Southern and Pacific oceans — under a loophole in International Whaling Commission rules which allows for scientific whaling. Changing domestic law in Japan would not have any impact on the International Whaling Commission, which prohibits commercial whaling. The bill seeks to enshrine funding for research whaling into the national budget as well as adding additional resources for defending Japanese whalers from protest groups like Sea Shepherd.

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The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines

by Natalie Banks - Chief Adviser, Apex Harmony

SMART drum lines used in northern New South WalesWhen it comes to SMART drum lines, not many people are aware of what exactly is so clever about them. Drum lines have had extremely controversial use in Australia and South Africa, where static baited hooks indiscriminately catch anything that takes the bait, but what is so smart about these new types of drum lines and why are some conservation groups in support of their use?

The word smart when used in accordance with drum lines is actually an abbreviation that stands for Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time (SMART). Effectively this means a satellite-linked communications unit, equipped in some cases with GPS, underwater cameras and sensors attached to a trace and baited hook so that when a shark is hooked, the pressure on the line triggers the communications unit to send an alert to authorities regarding the presence of an animal on the line. The technology has enabled Governments and Government contractors to streamline the monitoring process of traditional drum lines.

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In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing

By Captain Peter Hammarstedt

The Gemini alongside a fishing vessel under inspection. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoAfter almost 12 weeks of patrolling, the border areas between Liberia and her neighboring countries are unusually silent.

Lightning flashes briefly light up distant waters, appearing like specters of the industrial fishing trawlers that used to make nightly incursions in Liberian waters.

After having made five arrests since the start of Operation Sola Stella, the news has finally spread - these waters are protected.

We could say that we assisted the Liberian Coastguard to shutdown illegal fishing in Liberia, and although that’s true of tonight, we know that the poachers are not coming in anymore because we are here… and the Bob Barker cannot remain in Liberia forever.

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  1. 03 Apr 2017 - In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
  2. 30 Mar 2017 - “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
  3. 25 Mar 2017 - Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”
  4. 23 Feb 2017 - Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
  5. 09 Mar 2017 - The End of Operation Nemesis
  6. 16 May 2016 - Decades of abuse by New Zealand fishing industry exposed
  7. 09 May 2016 - The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to protect African Wildlife
  8. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  9. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  10. 07 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  11. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  12. 06 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  13. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  14. 16 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  15. 05 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  16. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  17. 14 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  18. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  19. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  20. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  21. 05 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  22. 15 Jan 2015 - New Zealand’s Silent Slaughter – Cephalorhynchus Hectori Hectori
  23. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  24. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  25. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  26. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  27. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  28. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  29. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  30. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  31. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  32. 31 Jul 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  33. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  34. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  35. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  36. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  37. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  38. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  39. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  40. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  41. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  42. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  43. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  44. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  45. 09 Feb 2014 - Japanese Whalers Ignore New Zealand Government
  46. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  47. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  48. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  49. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  50. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  51. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  52. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  53. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  54. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  55. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  56. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  57. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  58. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  59. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  60. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  61. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  62. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  63. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  64. 29 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  65. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  66. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  67. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  68. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  69. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  70. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  71. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  72. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  73. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  74. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  75. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  76. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  77. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  78. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  79. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  80. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  81. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  82. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  83. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  84. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  85. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  86. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  87. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  88. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  89. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  90. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  91. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  92. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  93. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  94. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  95. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  96. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  97. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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