The Shonan Maru #2 deliberately rams
the Ady Gil
Photo: JoAnne McArthur / Sea Shepherd
founder of Earthrace Conservation, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
have reached an agreement following arbitration in their long-running legal
dispute. The agreement, which involved a financial settlement to Bethune,
also provided that he will assist Sea Shepherd to help ensure Paul Watson
is not extradited to Japan.
The dispute between
Sea Shepherd and Bethune arose after the Ady Gil vessel was damaged in the
2010 Sea Shepherd campaign, while trying to stop Japanese whaling in Antarctica.
The Ady Gil was deliberately rammed by the Shonan Maru #2, a Japanese security
vessel, and after a period of towing, the Ady Gil was abandoned.
signed between Bethune and Sea Shepherd in 2009, if the vessel was lost
or destroyed, Sea Shepherd would be required to make certain payments to
Bethune. The arbitration was regarding the payment and its amount.
"I am happy that the case has reached its conclusion and am pleased
with the result. Fighting between individuals and organisations that are
fundamentally working towards the same goals is a waste of time, money and
effort that could be better spent protecting marine life and environments.
means that I will be able to repay all those who have been so generous in
helping me keep my head above water, as well as all those who have steadfastly
supported me throughout this whole episode, especially all the Earthrace
volunteers. Without that support, I would have been sunk, much like the
Bethune and Sea
Shepherd are both now focused on working together for the good of the oceans
and as part of that endeavour, Bethune has been helping Watson in his efforts
to avoid extradition to Japan pursuant to an Interpol red notice that was
issued against Watson at the request of Japan.
contends that the red notice is politically motivated and that its allegations
are false. Bethune, who was convicted of five offenses by a court in Japan
following Sea Shepherd's 2010 campaign, says that Japan's allegations against
Watson are essentially false or misleading, and his goal is to see the red
notice against Watson lifted.
has honored the agreement we made with Pete Bethune," said Susan Hartland,
Sea Shepherd Administrative Director. "Now both of our organizations
can close this chapter in our history and move forward to support marine
wildlife worldwide," she added.
will continue its various campaigns to protect endangered and threatened
marine mammals and fish. The organization would like the red notice against
Paul Watson lifted before the sixth season of Sea Shepherd's hit docu-reality
TV show, "Whale Wars," airs later this year.
Bethune and Earthrace
Conservation are about to deploy their tactical unit to Africa where they
are filming a reality TV series documenting illegal fishing by foreign vessels.
Two episodes of the show have already been filmed, and another six will
be filmed from July to October this year.