The Battle Against Illicit Fishing – Sea Shepherd Participates in Government Panel Discussion in Washington, DC

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing has overtaken piracy as the number one threat to US maritime security. WASHINGTON, DC – On Sept. 29, 2021, Sea Shepherd’s CEO Captain Alex Cornelissen and Director of Campaigns Captain Peter Hammarstedt participated in a panel discussion hosted by the American Security Project, a non-partisan public policy and research non-profitContinue reading “The Battle Against Illicit Fishing – Sea Shepherd Participates in Government Panel Discussion in Washington, DC”

Sea Shepherd Tracks Down and Exposes Notorious Chinese Squid Fishing Fleet off the Galapagos Islands

On the 24th of September, The Associated Press and Univision released “Great Wall of Lights”–a landmark investigation into the Chinese squid fleet–after two journalists spent 18 days on board the Sea Shepherd vessel Ocean Warrior observing thirty notorious fishing vessels in the High Seas, an area outside of any national jurisdiction. Sea Shepherd’s shocking findings will be released in a mini-documentary titled “DistantContinue reading “Sea Shepherd Tracks Down and Exposes Notorious Chinese Squid Fishing Fleet off the Galapagos Islands”

Mexico and Sea Shepherd Partner to Save Vaquita Porpoise

Sea Shepherd’s scientific and anti-poaching campaigns resume through a new agreement with the Mexican government to protect the world’s most endangered marine mammal. MEXICO CITY – September 23, 2021 – Sea Shepherd has entered into a new agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Secretariat of the Navy, the Secretariat of Agriculture andContinue reading “Mexico and Sea Shepherd Partner to Save Vaquita Porpoise”

Gabon Minister Suspends Shrimp Fishery and Expels Purse Seiner that Tormented Two Humpback Whales

On the 17th of September, the Minister of Fisheries in Gabon, a country in Central Africa, issued an emergency decree suspending the Gabonese shrimp fishery indefinitely after making alarming discoveries while on fisheries patrol with the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker. Almost one month ago, the Gabonese Fisheries Minister, the Honorable Biendi Maganga-Moussavou, joined Gabonese fisheries inspectors, national parkContinue reading “Gabon Minister Suspends Shrimp Fishery and Expels Purse Seiner that Tormented Two Humpback Whales”

1428 Dolphins Slaughtered in the Faroe Islands Sunday Night

On Sunday night, September 12th, a super-pod of 1428 Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins was driven for many hours and for around 45 km by speed boats and jet-skis into the shallow water at Skálabotnur beach in the Danish Faroe Islands, where every single one of them was killed. Photos by Sea Shepherd. Sea Shepherd believes thisContinue reading “1428 Dolphins Slaughtered in the Faroe Islands Sunday Night”

New Report Shows Substantial Decline in the Critically Endangered Māui Dolphin Population

New Zealand acknowledges the decline in the number of rare dolphins while also proposing higher fishing levels in their habitat. ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 – Since 2020, Sea Shepherd has been battling in court to save the Māui dolphin from extinction. Endemic to New Zealand, the Māui dolphin population has been decimated – a victimContinue reading “New Report Shows Substantial Decline in the Critically Endangered Māui Dolphin Population”

US government calls out China for IUU fishing in response to Sea Shepherd Legal submission

Sea Shepherd Legal (SSL) was very pleased to see the August 12, 2021, announcement by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) identifying China for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing by its distant water (DWF) fleet. NMFS took this important and historic step in its biennial report to Congress under the High Seas Driftnet MoratoriumContinue reading “US government calls out China for IUU fishing in response to Sea Shepherd Legal submission”

Sea Shepherd Statement on the Sinking of Niko Ivanka and the Recovery of Survivors

Monrovia, Liberia – On the 17th of July, the Sea Shepherd ship Sam Simon was alerted to the distress of the Liberian-registered cargo vessel Niko Ivanka by the Commander of the Liberian Coast Guard, as the cargo vessel was taking on water off the coast of Liberia, West Africa.  Sam Simon, under the command of Captain Thomas Le Coz,Continue reading “Sea Shepherd Statement on the Sinking of Niko Ivanka and the Recovery of Survivors”

Save Our Sharks – Commentary by Captain Alex Cornelissen

Sea Shepherd has a long history of protecting sharks. From the cold waters or the Antarctic to the underwater riches of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, our missions bring us into the most remote and pristine environments.  These areas that used to teem with wildlife have now become silent. I remember my first day on aContinue reading “Save Our Sharks – Commentary by Captain Alex Cornelissen”

Illegal Fishing Vessels Intercepted as Peruvian Prosecutors Sail on Sea Shepherd Ship

Federal environmental prosecutors and Peruvian Coast Guard sailors intervene against numerous maritime violations during a successful joint operation with conservationists. LIMA, Peru – July 6, 2021 – During a series of joint operations led by the government of Peru, specialized environmental prosecutors on board the Sea Shepherd ship Ocean Warrior encountered and apprehended multiple vessels fishing illegally inContinue reading “Illegal Fishing Vessels Intercepted as Peruvian Prosecutors Sail on Sea Shepherd Ship”