Sea Shepherd fights for our oceans every day of the year. From the coast of Tanzania to the Sea of Cortez, they are collaborating with governments, stopping illegal activity, and conducting research in order to defend, conserve, and protect marine wildlife and ocean ecosystems. None of this would be possible without your help. A special thanks goes out to all who have contributed to Sea Shepherd’s matching gift challenge and end of year campaign. Thank you for being part of the movement and supporting Sea Shepherd!
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Operation Virus Hunter: Sea Shepherd Announces Major Victory for Wild Salmon and Orca Whales
Operation Virus Hunter began in 2016 as a collaboration between Sea Shepherd, Dr. Alexandra Morton and the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, ‘Namgis and Mamalilikulla First Nations. Sea Shepherd provided our sailing vessel Martin Sheen each summer for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The objective was to assist and support the research efforts of Dr. Morton and the activist activities of the First Nations of British Columbia.
Dr. Morton and our Sea Shepherd crew visited salmon farms throughout each summer to do tests that successfully exposed evidence of salmon retroviruses and sea lice parasites being transmitted from domestic alien Atlantic salmon to indigenous native Pacific salmon. The Sea Shepherd crew also provided transportation and support for First Nations activists who boarded and occupied salmon farms.
These activities led to a recent decision by the Provincial Government of British Columbia to remove salmon farms and to give First Nations the power to inspect salmon farms and order their removal from their legal territories if they should so choose. Removing salmon farms from the salmon migration routes is a huge step in the right direction for the salmon, as well as the Southern Resident Killer Whales who rely on wild salmon as a major food source.
Operation Milagro – First Totoaba Saved
Our crew has been hard at work since early September, fighting to protect the vaquita porpoise and the entire Sea of Cortez. As totoaba fishing season approaches, our crew gets busier and busier. So far, they have retrieved 35 nets from the waters, saving potentially hundreds of lives from entrapment. They also recently saved the first totoaba of the season! These fish are critically endangered, as they are the main target for the poacher’s nets. Every one saved is a great addition to the population.
Japan Announces End of Whaling in Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has opposed Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with expeditions to Antarctic waters first in 2002 followed by continuous campaigns from 2005 until 2017. During this period over 6,000 whales were saved from the harpoons of Japanese commercial whalers posing as research whalers by Sea Shepherd interventions.
In 2017, the Japanese government began to invest millions of dollars in security efforts to prevent Sea Shepherd from engaging their fleets. These security measures included military grade real time surveillance. Although this prevented Sea Shepherd from returning to the Southern Ocean in 2018, it also placed Japan in a position of expending huge resources on continuous security.
This and the verdict of the International Court of Justice that exposed Japanese research as fraudulent, coupled with worldwide condemnation of their Southern Ocean activities has, in the opinion of Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, led to this decision to declare they will openly undertake commercial whaling activities.
The scheme to pose as researchers will now be dropped and that means there can be absolutely no justification for hunting whales in an internationally established whale sanctuary. This will be the last year of Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd’s objective of ending the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary has been realized. This is a victory for the campaign to make the Southern Ocean a whaling free zone.
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