Tuesday, 02 May 2017
By Captain Peter Hammarstedt
After 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.
Read more: In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing
Monday, 03 April 2017
by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
Today we received the saddening news that the Japanese whaling fleet reached their bogus self-allocated quota, despite Sea Shepherd’s best efforts to impact it.
While that news is gravely disappointing, we must remember that the Japanese whaling program in Antarctica is radically different from what it was when our Antarctic Whale Defense Campaigns began 15 years ago.
On my first campaign to the Antarctic, the Japanese whaling fleet intended to kill 1,035 whales. Their annual quota is now 333 whales, a quota reduced because of the success of Sea Shepherd’s campaigns. Thus, every year 702 whales are saved.
Read more: In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
Thursday, 30 March 2017
By Captain Peter Hammarstedt
For the crew of the M/Y Bob Barker, and the 10 strong Liberian Coast Guard boarding team, it was just a matter of waiting and letting the illegal fishing boats come to them.
The day before the M/Y Bob Barker arrived in Liberia, local fishermen from the border town of Harper, situated just 13 miles from the where the Cavalla River divides Liberia from Cote d’Ivoire, had been airing grievances on national radio about foreign trawlers running over their artisanal fishing nets. The fishermen appealed to the Liberian Coast Guard for assistance.
Although the Cavalla River forms a natural boundary between two West African countries, its nutrient-rich waters spawn fish for whom borders are meaningless. For the fishing vessels chasing fish west as the fishing season in Ghana, which lies to the east, has closed, borders are equally unimportant.
Read more: “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
Saturday, 25 March 2017
By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global
The campaign “Another Perspective on Fish” is a global campaign committed to the emergence in the collective consciousness of the question of sentient aquatic animals (fish, but also cephalopods and crustaceans).
Fish represent 97-98% of the animals killed for their flesh, with capture methods and killing processes that would shock the public and that would certainly be forbidden if they were land animals. Yet, what appears to be ethically outrageous and ecologically criminal on land is largely ignored or accepted at sea.
Read more: Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”
Thursday, 23 February 2017
by Paul Watson
The Steve Irwin has arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand. One of the harpoon boats followed it all the way back to New Zealand waters. The Ocean Warrior is still chasing the Nisshin Maru and is being hunted by a second of the three harpoon vessels.
The Japanese whalers have doubled their kill area and reduced their kill quota. This makes them harder to catch with less time to catch them in.
Read more: Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
Thursday, 09 March 2017
by Captain Alex Cornelissen
The arrival of the Ocean Warrior in Henderson, Western Australia marks the end of this year’s anti-whaling campaign against Japanese whale poachers in the Southern Ocean.
Our ships have been at sea for 93 days (Ocean Warrior) and 90 days (the Steve Irwin). During this entire time they searched for the floating slaughterhouse the Nisshin Maru, but we regret to say we were unable to lock onto the stern of the Japanese factory ship.
Read more: The End of Operation Nemesis
Monday, 16 May 2016
The release of “Reconstruction of marine fisheries catches for New Zealand (1950-2010)” by the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the University of Auckland Business School identifies the scale of data misrepresentation that renders the sustainability of New Zealand fisheries dangerously close to an uncontrolled fishery, rorted by inaccurate data. Unreported and discarded fishery catches over the past 60 years threaten the economic viability of New Zealand’s Quota Management System (QMS). More fish has been taken out of our waters and not reported than officially caught and accounted for - both before and after the QMS was introduced in 1986. New Zealand’s fishery catch is currently estimated to be 2.7 times more than previously reported.
Read more: Decades of abuse by New Zealand fishing industry exposed
Monday, 09 May 2016
Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt
As we headed north up the west coast of Africa, we ticked off countries one-by-one. Like the check- list of vessels that we set out to pursue on Operation Icefish, we crossed out countries as we speculated endlessly as to where the F/V Thunder would make port call. South Africa seemed unlikely. Germany and South Africa were in the middle of war games and several frigates were steaming off the Cape of Good Hope. Namibia... maybe? We knew the owner of the F/V Thunder to be Spanish and there were plenty of Spanish fishing interests operating out of Walvis Bay.
Read more: The Origin of Operation Albacore - a long walk, a long chase and a new front in the fight to...