Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
On Thursday, June 21st, Iceland killed their first endangered Fin whale since 2015 and a Sea Shepherd crew were in place despite the poor weather to document Hvalur 8 dragging it back just before midnight and butchered during the early hours of Friday morning.
Environment Minister Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is optimistic the judicial process facing the Canadian-American environmentalist Paul Watson in Costa Rica will soon be over and he will be welcomed back as a hero.
During a recent radio program, Costa Rican Minister of Environment described Watson as a “conservation hero” despite a decades-old legal charge over hazardous navigation.
The Minister, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, was hopeful the accusations against Captain Paul Watson in Costa Rica would soon be dropped and the conciliation sought by the environmentalist’s lawyers would signal the end of a drawn-out saga which saw the founder of Sea Shepherd listed on the Interpol Red List.
The Damanzaihao – a pirate “super-fishing” vessel – arrested and seized in Peru and now struck off the Marine Registry of Belize.
LARGEST FISH FACTORY VESSEL IN THE WORLD ARRESTED AND SEIZED IN PERU PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGES
The noose tightens on the Damanzaihao –a notorious black listed vessel – barred from leaving Peru with fines unpaid and resuming its slaughter of over half a million tons of marine wildlife per year.
Chimbote, Peru – May 31st, 2018 – Agents from the Peruvian Environmental Prosecutor’s Office boarded the Damanzaihao last night, as part of a federal criminal investigation based on presumed acts of illegal fishing. Acting on a formal request filed by the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the vessel be detained pending further investigation.
Sea Shepherd Vessel MARTIN SHEEN detained in Victoria
The Sea Shepherd U.S. flagged sailing vessel MARTIN SHEEN is being detained in Victoria, British Columbia. Canadian Customs has refused to grant clearance despite advanced notice of the arrival of the vessel from Honolulu, Hawaii.
THE PRESSURE IS ON TO STOP THE DAMANZAIHAO – A NOTORIOUS BLACKLISTED VESSEL – FROM LEAVING PERU WITH UNPAID FINES AND RESUMING ITS SLAUGHTER OF OVER HALF OF A MILLION TONS OF MARINE WILDLIFE PER YEAR.
Sea Shepherd crew saves the life of an adult leatherback turtle entangled in illegal gillnet in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico – a Federally Protected and UNESCO listed Area.
On the night of April 10th, 2018, shots were fired at Sea Shepherd’s M/V Sharpie
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Conservationists intercept and remove illegal gillnet minutes before recovery by poachers, saving entire school of totoaba bass from black market trade.
SAN FELIPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA MEXICO – March 26th, 2018 – At 7:45 pm PST Sea Shepherd vessel M/V SHARPIE came upon an illegal gillnet within the Vaquita Refuge in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico. The gillnet was entangled in a longline. As the ship’s crew began to separate the illegal fishing gear, they noticed live totoaba bass in the net, embarking on an unprecedented rescue operation.