flagship, Steve Irwin, is currently in Cannes, France, making final preparations
for Operation Blue Rage. On another front, because of the catastrophic oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we have just announced our plans for a campaign
to help with the animal rescue efforts there. This is called our Gulf Rescue
read on to learn more about these current campaigns as well as environmental
protection progress being made in the Galapagos and an update on the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority's investigation into the sinking of the Ady Gil
this past January.
is a critical time for Sea Shepherd. Our funds are stretched tight, having
two campaigns at once while simultaneously preparing to go back to Antarctica
to defend whales, but we know that with
your support we can continue to defend, conserve, and protect our oceans.
British Petroleum (BP) may be morally and legally responsible for causing
the deep-sea oil breach in the Gulf of Mexico that is turning into the largest
and most destructive oil spill in history, it is impractical and unwise
to leave the rescue of all marine life in the Gulf to a private corporation.
have initiated plans for a Gulf Rescue Campaign and are calling upon all
able organizations to join us in sending vessels with trained crew to support
large-scale efforts to rescue oiled sea birds, turtles, and other marine
we have the resources, skills, experience, and passion to make a huge difference
in the number of lives and species that can be saved from this disastrous
oil spill. Learn more about how you
can help and please donate
today to support our efforts in the Gulf!
bluefin tuna fishing season in the Mediterranean started on May 16th with
a legal quota is 13,500 tons. We suspect that four times this tonnage will
be taken with the illegal three quarters falling into the hands of poachers
- that is, without our interventions.
not targeting and protesting legal fishing operations, like one of our peer
non-profit organizations. We are going after the criminals who fish beyond
the legal quota and we intend to shut them down!
Steve Irwin will be on duty in the Mediterranean addressing the crisis facing
the bluefin tuna. Please offer your support to help
us save this ancient fish whose population is in steadfast decline.
month in Puerto Ayora, Sea Shepherd organized a conference titled "Criminal
Environmental Law as a Conservation Tool in Galapagos and the Region."
the conference, the Attorney General of Ecuador announced the designation
of the first-ever prosecutor specialized in environmental law for the province
Attorney General promoted the signing of the "Declaration of Galapagos,"
in which the judicial authorities, army, and police agreed to initiatives
aimed to strengthen the application of criminal environmental law in protected
areas in Galapagos. (more)
Australian government promised to stand up for the whales. Instead, they
have taken a passive-aggressive role in dealing with the defenders of the
received the report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
entitled "Fact finding report into the reported collision involving
the New Zealand registered craft Ady Gil and the Japan registered whaling
ship Shonan Maru No. 2 in the Southern Ocean on January 6th, 2010."
enough, the conclusion from the AMSA is exactly and sadly what we expected.
marine life is extremely vital to the future of our oceans and for our own
species. If fish disappear, so will whales, dolphins, seals, sea birds,
and the invertebrates. If that happens, the oceans will die, and if the
oceans die, civilization will collapse all around us - meaning humanity
this seems like a doomsday "theory," but without a change in the
state of our oceans, this will be a not too distant reality. The solution
is not to stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality - the solution
is to stand up and fight against the demise of our oceans. We will not stand-down;
we will not loose faith. Won't you please help
us make a difference for the oceans, and in turn - for our own species?
Thank-you for your support!
For the oceans,
Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President
Tel: +1 (360) 370-5650
Fax: +1 (360) 370-5651