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Welcome to the Operation Blue Rage crew blog. Please check back often for blogs written by members of the Sea Shepherd crew, directly from our flagship the Steve Irwin.

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Libyan mission accomplished: 800 endangered bluefin tuna freed

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wietse van der Werf

Libyan mission accomplished: 800 endangered bluefin tuna freed Wietse van der WerfEngineer, Steve Irwin It is night when we enter Libyan waters. Everyone on the ship is excited, yet somewhat anxious about what is coming. We are the first to enter these waters in search of illegal bluefin tuna fishing. Neither observers from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which 'manages' the fishery, nor French or Maltese navy vessels operate here. We are determined to find a floating cage full of illega ... Read More


Sea Shepherd moves to protect Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wietse van der Werf

Sea Shepherd moves to protect Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna Wietse van der WerfEngineer, Steve Irwin The Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin, which recently returned from a highly successful anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, is set to arrive in Europe this week. In a new campaign to halt illegal tuna fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, dubbed "Operation Blue Rage", Sea Shepherd intends to actively intervene against the poachers, which are pushing the fish towards extinction. The bluefin tuna is so heavily overfished that it is exp ... Read More


Sea Shepherd enters Libyan waters in search of tuna poachers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wietse van der Werf

Sea Shepherd enters Libyan waters in search of tuna poachers Wietse van der Werf Engineer, Steve Irwin Just over a week ago we left Malta with our ship the M/V Steve Irwin, on course to intervene against bluefin tuna poachers. Having recently returned from an eventful anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, the Mediterranean brings different challenges. The engine room has turned sauna and sleeping is made difficult by the soaring heat radiating through the deck above. We are in one of the most overfished seas in the world and ... Read More


First Time at Sea, First Time for Bluefin

Friday, June 18, 2010

Maribel Guevara

First Time at Sea, First Time for Bluefin Maribel GuevaraQuartermaster, Steve Irwin The first two weeks on sea, for anybody who is new to the sea, are an amazing experience for sure, but the first two weeks on the sea on board the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin are just incredible. To be surrounded by people with the same beliefs is priceless.  The Blue Rage campaign to save the bluefin tuna is a completely a new experience, not just to me, but also for the whole organization.  It has been a process where everybody ... Read More


Thoughts from the Med

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Simon Ager

Thoughts from the Med Simon Ager Jack-of-all-Trades aboard the Steve Irwin Tired of the same old routine, the same people, and the same drab office cubicle, wanting to do something more meaningful in my life, something that I can be really proud of. Three years in the waiting to be part of the amazing and dedicated team that makes up the crew of the Steve Irwin; from meeting like minded people, the new skills learned from deck to the bridge, and all whilst trying not to gain 20 lbs dining on the most creative vegan cuisine. And eve ... Read More


Protecting the Bluefin Tuna

Monday, April 26, 2010

Zoe Beckett

Protecting the Bluefin Tuna Zoe Beckett First Officer, Steve Irwin As we prepare for the start of the bluefin tuna (BFT) campaign, it is becoming increasingly obvious how economic stakeholders are going to fiercely defend their unsustainable fishing practices. I expect aggressive tactics will confront us as they attempt to secure their assists and continue their poaching practices. When will these people realise that globally protecting BFT and allowing their populations to regenerate is the greatest asset to our seas, our world an ... Read More


Preparing for Operation Blue Rage

Monday, April 26, 2010

Locky MacLean

Preparing for Operation Blue Rage Locky MacLean Captain, M/Y Steve Irwin On March 15th, after only 8 days in port following an intense 3 month Antarctic Campaign, the Steve Irwin let her dock lines go and began a 60 day journey towards the Mediterranean Sea, the staging ground for Sea Shepherd’s upcoming Tuna Defense Campaign, Operation Blue Rage. With little time for landfall, and a crew of 18 on board, the Steve Irwin has been tracking steadily eastwards half way around the world via New Zealand, Pitcairn, Panama Canal, th ... Read More