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Sea Shepherd and Japanese whaling

Captain Paul Watson look to Nisshin Maru with his binoculars

Commentary by Paul Watson:

The Japanese Whaling fleet has left from Japan bound for the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The intention of the Japanese whalers is to commit criminal acts of poaching against protected Minke whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in defiance of the International ban on commercial whaling, in defiance of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, in defiance of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), in defiance of the International Court of Justice, in defiance of the Australian Federal Court and in defiance of world opinion and international law.

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The Sea Shepherd Flag

The Sea Shepherd Flag

Commentary by Paul Watson:

People often ask what our flag stands for and why do we fly what looks to be the Jolly Roger – the flag of piracy.

It goes back a few years when our critics accused us of being pirates. At first I was amused. Sea Shepherd primarily opposes illegal operations like outlaw whaling and unlawful fishing operations. I established Sea Shepherd as an anti-poaching organization, essentially an anti-piracy organization.

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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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  1. 18 May 2017 - The smarts on ‘SMART’ drum lines
  2. 02 May 2017 - In Liberia, We Shut Down Illegal Fishing
  3. 03 Apr 2017 - In Response to Japanese Whalers Reaching their Quota of 333 Whales
  4. 30 Mar 2017 - “Not One Cent for Bribery” – The Story of the Arrest of the FV Lu Rong Yuan Yu 988
  5. 25 Mar 2017 - Why Sea Shepherd joins and supports the international campaign “Another Perspective on Fish”
  6. 23 Feb 2017 - Steve Irwin Back From Antarctica
  7. 09 Mar 2017 - The End of Operation Nemesis
  8. 16 May 2016 - Decades of abuse by New Zealand fishing industry exposed
  9. 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
  10. 31 Mar 2016 - Thirty Years of Vigilance Against Destructive Driftnets
  11. 07 Mar 2016 - The End of the 'Bandit 6'
  12. 07 Feb 2016 - Greenpeace Is Sliding Backwards Down a Slippery Slope
  13. 14 Jan 2016 - It’s Time to Go Global With the Gruesome Grindadráp
  14. 06 Jan 2016 - Japan – The Cherry Picking Rogue Nation
  15. 17 Dec 2015 - The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
  16. 16 Dec 2015 - Dry dock report from MV Bob Barker in Tuzla, Turkey
  17. 05 Dec 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers In the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  18. 04 Aug 2015 - Why Are Danes Killing Whales?
  19. 14 Jun 2015 - Weathering the Storm
  20. 07 Jun 2015 - World Oceans Day - Every Day
  21. 26 May 2015 - Amazing Operation in the Red Sea
  22. 05 Mar 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  23. 05 Mar 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  24. 15 Jan 2015 - New Zealand’s Silent Slaughter – Cephalorhynchus Hectori Hectori
  25. 09 Oct 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  26. 02 Oct 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  27. 12 Sep 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  28. 31 Aug 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  29. 28 Aug 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  30. 27 Aug 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  31. 23 Aug 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  32. 20 Aug 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  33. 13 Aug 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  34. 31 Jul 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  35. 26 Jul 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  36. 07 Jul 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  37. 10 Jun 2014 - Sea Shepherd Global Stands Ready to Oppose Renegade Japanese Whalers
  38. 30 May 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  39. 10 May 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  40. 09 May 2014 - Sea Shepherd Responds to Whaling Industry Plans for 2014/15 Season
  41. 09 Apr 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  42. 08 Mar 2014 - Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  43. 06 Mar 2014 - Relentless to the End – Operation Relentless Update
  44. 04 Mar 2014 - Captain Hammarstedt Responds to Greg Hunt
  45. 25 Feb 2014 - Captain Peter Hammarstedt - Open Letter to Greg Hunt
  46. 20 Feb 2014 - My Experience Being Bitten By A Shark
  47. 09 Feb 2014 - Japanese Whalers Ignore New Zealand Government
  48. 03 Feb 2014 - World condemns West Australian Governments shark cull
  49. 23 Jan 2014 - A Kindness of hearts nurtures a force to be reckoned with for the oceans!
  50. 20 Jan 2014 - The Bloody Science of Whaling
  51. 07 Jan 2014 - Documenting the Slaughter in the Southern Ocean
  52. 31 Dec 2013 - Much Ado About Nothing
  53. 29 Dec 2013 - New threat to Western Australian Marine Life
  54. 21 Dec 2013 - Sea Shepherd opposes the culling of a protected species off Western Australian coasts
  55. 05 Dec 2013 - Hurrah for the Hammer!
  56. 19 Nov 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat – Part 2: Shark Finning
  57. 11 Nov 2013 - Sea Shepherd Australia defends the whales in Seattle court
  58. 14 Oct 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  59. 04 Oct 2013 - Australia’s Grey Nurse Shark is Under Threat and Needs Your Help!
  60. 30 Sep 2013 - Chinchilla Says the President is Not Responsible for Government Corruption
  61. 26 Sep 2013 - Environmental Protest is the New Piracy
  62. 25 Sep 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  63. 07 Sep 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  64. 05 Sep 2013 - Why Its Important for The Cove Guardians to be in Taiji
  65. 03 Sep 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  66. 29 Aug 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  67. 22 Aug 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  68. 20 Aug 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  69. 09 Aug 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  70. 13 Jul 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  71. 12 Jul 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  72. 10 Jul 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  73. 04 Jul 2013 - “Scientific Whaling” Morphs into “Cultural Whaling”
  74. 03 Jul 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  75. 21 Jun 2013 - The First Day of Summer 2013
  76. 19 Jun 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  77. 13 Jun 2013 - Sea Shepherd views on the Cruise Report of the Japanese Whale Research Program
  78. 25 May 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  79. 22 May 2013 - FedCon goes Jolly Roger in Germany
  80. 20 May 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  81. 17 May 2013 - The Icelandic Boot Stomping Biodiversity Bank Robbing
  82. 17 Apr 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  83. 07 Apr 2013 - Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
  84. 28 Mar 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  85. 19 Mar 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  86. 10 Mar 2013 - MacGyver at Perth OZ Comic Con
  87. 05 Mar 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  88. 01 Mar 2013 - Sea Shepherd Escorts the Japanese Whaling Fleet Out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  89. 27 Feb 2013 - Ten Questions With Answers from the Southern Ocean
  90. 23 Feb 2013 - Operation Zero Tolerance Collision Statement
  91. 21 Feb 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  92. 21 Feb 2013 - Our New Friends on the Whaling Fleet Tanker Sun Laurel
  93. 11 Feb 2013 - Letter to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  94. 04 Feb 2013 - Japanese Whaler Welfare Bums Need to Get an Honest Job
  95. 19 Jan 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  96. 10 Jan 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  97. 07 Jan 2013 - Statement from Captain Paul Watson
  98. 04 Jan 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
  99. 03 Jan 2013 - Meeting the Descendants of Moby Dick
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