Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – 2019 End of Year Campaign Review

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – 2019 End of Year Campaign Review


40 years ago, a group of environmentalists founded an organization and one of the founders was a young sailor named Paul Watson He demanded direct action and soon he was standing up to sealers ramming driftnet fishermen and sinking whaling boats Saving the environment has been Watson’s war and after four decades he’s not about to call a truce You’re either on one side or the other You’re for killing whales or you’re for saving whales Most of the world is for whales So it’s not just us against the Faroe Islands It’s the rest of the world This is one of the last untouched wildernesses on earth and it is right here where those salmon farms are being placed and it is very important that the voices of the people that live here are heard and that the world knows that they don’t want those farms that they want their wild salmon to be safe We are here in Cocos Island in Costa Rica It’s the first project of a big size in the last 20 years The Minister of Environment Carlos Manuel Rodríguez believes that it is important to have Sea Shepherd here in Costa Rica We weren’t expecting to find this nest it’s a leatherback nest Once they enter the ocean the hatchlings will swim for two or three weeks until they reach sheltered waters and roughly only 1 in 1000 of these hatchlings that left the beach will make it to adulthood Mexico’s Revillagigedo Archipelago one of the most pristine and biodiverse marine environments in the world the presence of a great abundance of wildlife attracts those looking to exploit these waters Sea Shepherd is working with Mexican authorities to patrol this area and defend it from illegal fishing activities Guadalupe Island a volcanic paradise on the Mexican Pacific Ocean is home to one of the most elusive species of marine mammals on the planet the Cuvier’s Beaked Whale With Operation Divina Guadalupe Sea Shepherd is lucky to be collaborating with some of the best beaked whale scientists in the world Each new expedition we’re gathering new information about these animals that was never known before By increasing the knowledge that we have about this species We are also increasing our chances to protect them against the threats that they are facing worldwide We could have never prepared for something like this I’ve never seen a hurricane like that I lost everything Sea Shepherd doesn’t normally do humanitarian aid We’re a marine conservation organization however climate change is the reason why we’re dealing with Dorian right now We spent the last three weeks delivering over 60,000 lbs of aid to different cays in the islands that were affected by Hurricane Dorian We were in and out of all these small little places that weren’t getting access We didn’t come back here empty-handed Now at 5:30 they survived one of the strongest hurricanes in history and now a group of dogs from the Bahamas are looking for good homes A ship called Sea Shepherd brought the precious cargo here The Eastern Tropical Pacific A place where major ocean currents converge providing an abundance of nutrients to pelagic migratory species making it the ideal habitat for feeding and reproduction The Eastern Tropical Pacific’s fragile web of life is in danger of succumbing to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing With SkyTruth we’ve been looking at using all sorts of tracking data different ways of monitoring vessels Really what we’re trying to see are those vessels which are not identifying themselves Vessels that would be coming up with another tracking source night imagery or radar which are not giving their identification and location via AIS tracking So during the patrol we witnessed a couple of vessels that were longlining in front of us Sharks being hauled onboard in the area that we just covered We did 5,000 nautical miles That’s a drop in the ocean compared to the massive area that’s being pillaged by illegal vessels The scale of this thing is really beyond comprehension We just saw a very small part of this The fishing fleets that are out there they can do whatever they want It’s a massive piece of the ocean The problem is no one is patrolling it except for Sea Shepherd right now Sea Shepherd has taken the initiative It can be effective with the right support This year the poachers adopted new strategies to try to get us out to try to kick us out of the refuge to try to open it up so that they can exploit the ocean here The only thing that this violence tells us is that the poachers are getting increasingly desperate We’re being so effective here that they’re out of ideas And we just won’t leave We have got a decline in wildlife in the last 40 years never seen before The next thing to go if it goes is the vaquita This is the world’s most endangered marine mammal If we lose the vaquita what hope do we have for the planet? That’s why this campaign is so important for Sea Shepherd That’s why this campaign is so important for the future of our species for the future of the planet This is the symbol for it

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