For the first
time our crew plans to meet the whaling fleet in the North Pacific
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
Captain Paul Watson
Shepherd Conservation Society's campaign to defend the whales will begin
earlier this year than in previous years with the Sea Shepherd flagship
Steve Irwin scheduled to depart from Melbourne on November 5th, when
Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT) will officially begin.
Tolerance will be the ninth annual Southern Ocean campaign launched by the
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Over these nine years, the Japanese
whalers have suffered tens of millions of dollars in losses attempting to
illegally kill whales in Antarctica's waters.
This time, instead of
meeting the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,
Sea Shepherd will meet the whalers in the North Pacific off of Japan.
This year Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will deploy four ships, a
helicopter, eight small RIB's, three drones and more than one hundred
In addition to the ships Steve Irwin, Bob
Barker and Brigitte Bardot, Sea Shepherd will unveil a fourth ship once the
campaign is underway. This fourth ship is the Sam Simon, named for the famed
television producer and wildlife advocate. The Sam Simon will be deployed in
the Southern Ocean to wait for the whaling fleet in the event the whalers
elude the other Sea Shepherd ships.
The Bob Barker will depart later in
November to meet the whalers and the Steve Irwin at sea along with the
"It's time to bring this intervention North, to show
the Japanese whalers that we intend to ensure there will be no whales killed
this season," said Captain Paul Watson. "We have never been stronger and the
Japanese whalers have never been weaker. We need to take advantage of our
strengths and their weaknesses and we need to bring this campaign home � to
"The Japanese fleet is surviving at the expense of the
Japanese people because of massive allocations of relief funds donated from
around the world to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster
of 2011. We need to shut down this glorified welfare project and to do that
we need to once again deny the whalers any ill-gotten gains from their
illegal operations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary," said Bob Barker
Captain Peter Hammarstedt of Sweden.
"The key to success in stopping
these illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is
basic economics. We will negate their profits. Our objective is to sink the
Japanese whaling fleet economically -- to bankrupt them," said Captain Paul
Watson. "And we are well on our way to doing just that."