January: Sea Shepherd challenges the government of Norway to prosecute the Sea Shepherd crew responsible for sinking the Norwegian whaler Nybraena. Norway refuses to respond.
Paul Watson’s book Earthforce! An Earth Warrior’s Guide to Strategy is published
March: A Sea Shepherd supporter documents the illegal killing of an orca whale in the Bering Sea by the U.S.-registered fishing factory vessel the Northern Hawk. The documentation is turned over to U.S. authorities.
March: The Edward Abbey is re-registered as a Canadian research vessel and given the name Sirenian.
April: The Sirenian travels to Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island to open a summer of controversial protest against the clear-cutting of the magnificent Clayoquot valley.
May: Captain Watson purchases the retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker the ThomasCarletonin Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship is renamed the Cleveland Amory. The ship requires three months to make ready for sea.
July: The Cleveland Amory departs Halifax for a voyage to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland for the purpose of obstructing illegal fishing activities. Upon arrival on the Tail of the Banks outside of Canadian waters, the Cleveland Amory is met by Canadian government vessels and police and shadowed closely. Captain Watson is very much aware that he and his crew are under surveillance when he orders the Cuban drag trawler Rio Las Casas to pull up her nets and return to Havana. The Cuban complies but is informed by the Canadian Department of Fisheries that the Cleveland Amory has no authority to give such an order. Captain Watson retaliates by pulling alongside the Cuban trawler and instructing his crew to toss stink bombs onto the deck of the Rio Las Casas. Captain Watson then cuts the trawl. The Cubans retreat from the Banks. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police inform Captain Watson that he is under arrest. He ignores the order and makes a course to the Nose of the Banks where he orders a Spanish dragger off the Banks. The political controversy results in ten Cuban drag trawlers departing the Banks and returning to Cuba. Their reported losses exceed thirty five million dollars. The Mounted Police respond by boarding the Cleveland Amory and arresting Captain Watson outside the two-hundred mile limit. Captain Watson is charged with three counts of criminal mischief and the Cleveland Amory is brought into St. John’s Newfoundland under guard.
August: To avoid the harassment and bureaucratic obstacles involved in getting the Cleveland Amory released, Captain Watson sells the ship to a private buyer. In this manner, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society avoids the payment of $30,000 in fines imposed by the Canadian government and walks away with more money than originally invested.