Latest Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Stories

2011-01-26 12:55:00

Militant activists fighting against Japan's Southern Ocean whaling campaign said on Wednesday that they had tracked down and were chasing a factory ship key to the Antarctic harpoon mission. A vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society found the Nisshin Maru late Tuesday in the ice of the Ross Sea after a 26-day pursuit covering 4,000 nautical miles. "We found it yesterday and it had just started whaling again, so we know they killed one whale," activist Captain Paul Watson told AFP...

2011-01-05 10:35:00

Despite declining demand for whale meat in Japan, the "lethal research" which Japanese whalers use to justify harvesting cetaceans for consumer use continues. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's "Gojira" speedboat threw glass battles at the "Yushin Maru-2" and threw ropes toward its propeller, the Institute of Cetacean Research, which organizes Japan's whaling mission, told the AFP news agency. Anti-whale hunting nations, led by Australia and New Zealand, and international environmental...

2011-01-03 09:20:00

The latest diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks on Monday show that officials from Japan and the U.S. had discussed the possibility of taking action against a team of anti-whaling conservationists, various media outlets are reporting. The leaked documents show that Monica Medina, the American representative to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), participated in talks with Katsuhiro Machida, the director-general of Japan's Fisheries Agency, and other officials in November 2009....

2011-01-02 07:45:00

Militant anti-whalers said on Saturday that they had clashed with Japanese harpoonists in the Southern Ocean, chasing after them through ice packs. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessels have been seeking to disrupt the Japanese whalers on their annual hunt in Antarctic waters, but had not been able to find the Japanese fleet until Friday. Paul Watson, the society's president, said that they made contact with the whalers and would attempt to prevent any of the whales from being...

2010-12-01 09:30:00

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a group of Australian anti-whaling activists, has announced the christening of a new, $4 million, high-speed vessel that they claim is the fastest and strongest interceptor in the organization's history. The craft, dubbed Gojira (the Japanese name of famous movie monster Godzilla), was christened earlier this week during a ceremony held at the Fremantle fishing boat harbor in Western Australia, according to a press release posted Monday to the...

2010-11-18 13:20:00

New Zealand has decided that the captains of a Japanese whaling vessel and a high-tech protest boat off Antarctica are not at fault for the collision. The collision, which took place on January 6, cut the bow off the protesters boat. However, Maritime New Zealand said that there was no evidence that either side deliberately caused the collision, but blamed poor seamanship instead. The crash took place as protesters from the Sea Shepherd environmental group sought to thwart Japan's annual...

2010-11-01 10:37:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaiam, Inc., a leading producer of lifestyle media, announced today the release of three new DVD titles, Deadliest Catch Season 6, Whale Wars Season 3 and Colossal Squid, under its exclusive home video license agreement with Discovery Communications. Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch Season 6 is the most watched season in the history of the series. Season 6 follows the crews of the fishing vessels, the Cornelia Marie, the Northwestern, the Time...

2010-06-18 13:09:12

On Friday, environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd Society said they had "liberated" about 800 bluefin tuna that were caught by poachers and being towed by two fishing vessels off the coast of Libya. Sea Shepherd said in a press release that five scuba divers on Thursday afternoon cut open a circular holding net filled with fish below legal weight and caught after the fishing season closed. According to the release, the operation was carried out 42 miles off the coast of North Africa...

2010-06-02 05:55:00

Japanese officials said Tuesday that Australia has launched legal action through the International Court of Justice to stop Japan's hunting of whales. Australia's action in The Hague follows months of tension between Canberra and Tokyo, which is allowed to kill whales because of a loophole in the 1986 international moratorium that allows lethal "scientific research." "We were informed that Australia has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice regarding research whaling," a...

2010-04-23 05:45:00

On Thursday, a fleet of Japanese harpoon ships launched their springtime coastal whale hunt with expectations of killing 60 whales during what the country considers scientific research. The expedition started just 10 days after the last Japanese whaling ship returned from an Antarctic hunt, which found harassment by environmental activists. Japan's fisheries agency said four whaling ships and one research vessel would hunt mink whales until early June, which is before a meeting of the...

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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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