ROSEAU AUGUST 9TH, 2018 – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s vessel M/V BRIGITTE BARDOT has become the third ship in history to obtain registry as a Private Marine Conservation Yacht by the Dominica Maritime Registry (the other two being the group’s ships M/V John Paul DeJoria and M/V Sharpie.)
Today, while anchored in the roadstead anchorage in front of Roseau, Dominica, the vessel’s new home port, Dominica MP Denise Charles officially raised the Brigitte Bardot’s flag, which bears the image of the island’s national bird, the Imperial Amazon Parrot. Found only on the island of Dominica, the parrot, also known as the Sisserou, symbolizes biodiversity, resilience and environmental awareness.
While ships are routinely designated as private yachts, commercial yachts and other similar titles, Dominica’s certificate of registry lists the M/V Brigitte Bardot as a private marine conservation yacht, reflecting the anti-poaching organization’s unique work in defending, conserving and protecting the world’s oceans.
“It was a great honour indeed to have Dominica MP Denise Charles on board to raise the Dominica flag on the Brigitte Bardot,” said Locky Maclean, the group’s Ship Operations Director.
The dedication ceremony comes on the heels of Sea Shepherd’s successful Operation Jairo Caribbean, protecting nesting sea turtles in Antigua and Barbuda.
“Registering the vessel to Dominica was a natural decision for Sea Shepherd as we formed a close relationship with the island a year ago during our Hurricane Irma and Maria relief effort, Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean”. Added Maclean, “Sea Shepherd would like to thank Minister for Tourism Robert Tonge, MP Denise Charles, Gilda and Arthlyn Nesty, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt, and all our friends in Dominica as well as the Dominica registry for supporting our marine conservation efforts and granting us the privilege to fly her national flag.”