Seal Defence Campaign, 2014 to 2015 (Scotland)
Sea Shepherd UK launched a hugely successful 2 year ‘Scottish Seal Defence Campaign’ monitoring the activities of Wild Salmon Netting companies and fish farms to prevent the illegal killing of common and grey seals, and expose to the media the legal shooting of seals around the UK. A total of 71 crew from 12 countries were engaged on patrols both on land and around the coastline using 3 of Sea Shepherd UK’s fast boats.
Sea Shepherd UK loaned our largest and fastest RIB ‘MV Spitfire’ to the Sea Shepherd Global’s ‘Operation Grindstop 2014’. MV Spitfire was used just a month later to save a pod of over 200 Atlantic white sided dolphins driving them away from a grindadráp bay near the capital Torshavn resulting in the vessel being chased, and later seized by Danish Special Forces and the Faroese Police. It took until November 2016 when a Danish Judge eventually released MV Spitfire back to Sea Shepherd UK. MV Spitfire is now based on the Sea Shepherd ship MY Bob Barker working to combat illegal fishing off the West coast of Africa.
Sea Shepherd UK placed two covert filming and drone teams in the Faroe Islands during the summer of 2016 in order to document the killing of Pilot whales and dolphins in the grindadráp hunts and the close association between hunt bays and industrial fish farm sites around the islands.
Sea Shepherd UK joined the ‘Great Australian Bight Alliance’ in June 2016 to apply pressure in the UK and overseas to prevent the hazardous deep sea drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, one of the last pristine ocean areas in the world and breeding area for many threatened marine creatures including cetaceans and unique shark species.
Sea Shepherd UK coordinated Operation Infinite Patience and the international crew of ‘Cove Guardians’ in Taiji, Japan from October 2016 to April 2017. Sea Shepherd UK crew obtained drone and kayak footage of the Japanese dolphin hunts which was used for an educational videos as well as livestreaming to the world the hunting, trading and killing of hundreds of small cetaceans in the infamous cove.
Sea Shepherd UK engaged in three reconnaissance patrols by land and sea during 2017 using two of Sea Shepherd UK’s rigid inflatable boats (Siren and Dragon) and a small team of divers around Shetland to research issues affecting wild fish species and marine mammals from potentially illegal practises by the prolific aquaculture (Salmon farming) industry around the islands.
In the summer of 2017, Sea Shepherd UK coordinated 18 crew members in 10 rotating teams based in six different Faroese towns covering 19 designated whaling bays. The campaign ran from 1st June to 31st during which our covert volunteer crews managed to extensively document and record nine separate grindadrap hunts.In May 2018, Sea Shepherd UK stepped up the campaign and sent 38 crew from England, Scotland, France, Spain and Canada with embedded TV crews from South Korea and Italy as well as working with international media. Our crew documented, photographed and (for the first time by any conservation group) managed to live-stream straight to the web a total of 11 grindadráp hunts while again documenting the commercial sale of pilot whale meat in the Faroes and separately the killing of young Fulmars in the North East of the Islands. The campaign continued in 2019 with SSUK's crew joined by TV Documentary makers from the UK (Stacey Dooley / BBC), Finland and France (France 2 and Hugo Clement) as well as an acclaimed Swiss Journalist who published the grindadrap in 5 major printed papers.
The campaign continues in 2020...
Sea Shepherd UK launched 'Operation Mjölnir’ - a ground-breaking campaign to fully document and expose the entire Icelandic Fin whaling season using cameras, drones and also by live-streaming direct from Hvalur hf's whaling station Hvalfjörður. 30 crew travelled from 8 countries working in small teams for a total of 101 days cooperating with media crews from the UK, Germany, USA and Denmark. By the end of the whaling season, Sea Shepherd's crew had documented 145 of the 146 whales harpooned by the company’s whaling ships - including 143 endangered fin whales, at least 21 pregnant fin whales, 1 endangered Blue whale and one rare Blue/Fin whale hybrid.
Ghostnet Campaign, 2018 to 2020 (England, Wales, Scotland & Bahrain)
In January 2018 Sea Shepherd UK announced our new Ghostnet Campaign to remove hazardous ghost fishing gear from coastal areas around England, Scotland and Wales.
Marine Debris Campaign, 2016 to 2020 (UK, Northern Ireland and Jersey)
Marine debris is globally recognized danger to all marine life including birds, sharks, turtles, and marine mammals, causing injury or death through drowning, entanglement, or starvation following ingestion. Sea Shepherd’s Marine Debris Campaign aims to educate the public as well as removing harmful plastics and other debris from around the UK’s coastline with around 50 to 70 beach cleans each year.
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