En Espanol

editorial 100811 1 1 Ecuador has not joined the pro whaling block in the IWC 2137mBack in November 2003, two Sea Shepherd activists went into the waters of a small bay in Taiji, Japan. They swam for over an hour, opening the nets that were preventing a pod of dolphins from escaping. Their mission was simple, yet they knew if they failed these dolphins would be killed the very next day. Luckily for the dolphins they succeeded and 15 dolphins now swim free in our oceans.

I was one of those activists and to date I consider it the most rewarding campaign I have ever had the fortune to be part of.

We were jailed for our action, but we got worldwide attention for these dolphin drives. Unfortunately the killing continued, despite increased outrage and increased pressure on the Japanese government to stop this massacre.

When the movie "The Cove" came out in 2009, I was personally very thrilled to have such an important documentary show the senselessness and brutality of the Taiji dolphin killers. I was even more ecstatic when "The Cove" won the Oscar for best Feature Documentary. There is a small clip in "The Cove" that shows the Sea Shepherd action from 2003. You can barely see the people in it as it was shot from afar with a fairly inexpensive camera. Yet I now make the joke of telling people that I am in an Oscar winning movie.

Unfortunately though, there is an error in "The Cove" and it is affecting the work of a lot of people in a negative way. It is the following statement that is harmful and incorrect:

The film indicates that Japan has recruited the following nations to its whaling agenda: Cambodia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Laos, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

I am now the director of Sea Shepherd Galapagos, which is part of Ecuador, and I have recently been getting an increasing number of phone calls and emails from people who are outraged by this. Some people have even indicated they will no longer support any group working in Ecuador. Obviously this will not contribute to the protection of the natural world that these groups are providing.

I would like to state very clearly that Japan did NOT recruit Ecuador for its pro-whaling block. In fact Sea Shepherd was urging Ecuador to join the IWC in 2007 in order to get a vote against Japan.

Luckily Ecuador did indeed join and has since been a member of the Buenos Aires Group. This group comprises of the following countries:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay, (member countries of the IWC), and Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela (non members of the IWC)

They are one of the strongest voices against whaling. In fact at the last IWC meeting in Morocco, among other things, the group proposed the elimination of a loophole that allows "lethal research" whale hunting.

Thanks to the support of countries like Ecuador, the whales in our world's oceans are being protected from the illegal activities of the whale poachers from Japan. Ecuador deserves credit for this instead of being wrongfully accused and I urge the makers of  "The Cove "to correct this error.

Unfortunately the error has already been copied on several websites like Wikipedia as well as on discussion forums and other social websites. These are all wrong.

Ecuador was, is and will no doubt remain against whaling.

article_separator_650x1

En noviembre del ano 2003, dos activistas de Sea Shepherd entraron a las aguas de una pequena bahia en Taiji, Japon. Nadaron mas de una hora para abrir redes que impedian que un grupo de delfines escapen. Su mision era simple, sin embargo, sabian que si fallaban, estos delfines moririan el dia siguiente. Afortunadamente los activistas tuvieron exito y 15 delfines nadan hoy en libertad en nuestros oceanos.

Yo fui uno de los activistas de Taiji y, hasta la fecha, considero que esta campana fue la mas gratificante que he tenido la fortuna de ser parte.

Nosotros fuimos encarcelados por esa accion, pero logramos llamar la atencion de todo el mundo sobre lo que ocurria con los delfines. Desafortunadamente, la matanza continua, a pesar de una creciente indignacion y presion sobre el gobierno japones para detener esta masacre.

Cuando la pelicula The Cove se estreno en el ano 2009, yo me senti muy contento por un documental tan importante que, una vez mas, mostraba la insensatez y brutalidad de los asesinos de delfines en Taiji. Por eso yo me quede estatico cuando The Cove gano el Oscar al mejor documental. Hay un pequeno clip en The Cove que muestra la accion de los activistas de Sea Shepherd del ano 2003. Apenas se puede ver a la gente, ya que fue filmado desde lejos y con una camara bastante barata. Sin embargo, ahora hago la broma de que yo aparezco en una pelicula ganadora del Oscar.

Lamentablemente, hay un error en el documental que esta afectando el trabajo de mucha gente en una manera negativa. Es la siguiente declaracion que es perjudicial e incorrecta: El documental indica que el Japon habria reclutado a los siguientes paises a su agenda ballenera: Camboya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Laos y la Republica de las Islas Marshall.

Actualmente, soy el director de Sea Shepherd Galapagos, archipielago que es territorio del Ecuador; y, recientemente he recibido un creciente numero de llamadas telefonicas y correos electronicos de personas que estan indignadas sobre esto. Algunos incluso han indicado que ya no apoyaran a las organizaciones que trabajan en el Ecuador. Obviamente, esto no contribuira a la proteccion del mundo natural.

Quiero decir muy claramente que Japon NO recluto a Ecuador en su bloque pro caceria ballenera. De hecho Sea Shepherd insto a Ecuador para unirse a la CBI en el ano 2007 con el fin de obtener un voto en contra de la agenda de Japon:

Afortunadamente Ecuador, se unio a la CBI y desde entonces ha sido miembro del Grupo de Buenos Aires. Este grupo esta compuesto por los siguientes paises:

Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Costa Rica, la Republica Dominicana, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, y Uruguay (paises miembros de la CBI), y Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras y Venezuela (que no son miembros de la CBI).

El Grupo de Buenos Aires es una de las voces mas fuertes contra la caza de ballenas. De hecho en la ultima reunion de la CBI en Marruecos, entre otros temas, el Grupo propuso la eliminacion de una laguna de la Convencion que permite la "investigacion letal" la caza de ballenas. Gracias al apoyo de paises como Ecuador, las ballenas estan siendo protegidas de las actividades ilegales de los cazadores de ballenas de Japon en los oceanos de nuestro mundo.

Antes que ser injustamente acusado, Ecuador merece un reconocimiento por su posicion en la CBI. Por tanto, insto a los creadores de The Cove que corrijan este error.

Lamentablemente el error ya ha sido copiado en varios sitios Web como Wikipedia asi como en foros de discusion y otros sitios sociales.

Ecuador fue, es y sin duda se mantendra en contra de la caceria de ballenas.

Sea Shepherd
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro III to save the near extinct vaquita marina porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass. The M/V Farley Mowat is back on active duty with the M/V Sam Simon joining the Milagro campaign for the first ti...
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
The Farley Mowat Sea Shepherd crew is called out to investigate a dead Brydes whale in the Gulf of California on November 5th, 2016 while patrolling the vaquita refuge. To help the Sea Shepherd crew to continue its work in the Sea of Cortez, including protecting the near-extinct vaquita marina porpo...
Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Sea Shepherd campaign Operation Virus Hunter saw the vessel RV Martin Sheen under the leadership of Alexandra Morton, head up the coast of British Columbia Canada to expose open pen Atlantic salmon farms and the impact they are having on wild Pacific salmon and the the surrounding eco-systems.
Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Sea Shepherd Chairman of the Board, actor/activist Pamela Anderson, cautions viewers about the dangers of eating farmed salmon.
Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Never before seen footage. Sea Shepherd catches critically endangered totoaba poacher in the act. The Sea Shepherd crew filmed these totoaba poachers as they were checking one of their illegal nets in the protected vaquita habitat. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the wor...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Watch‬ the routine of our crew doing valuable work in the ‪Sea of Cortez‬. We have been very effective at removing illegal fishing gear from the ‪‎vaquita‬ porpoise's habitat. So much so, that now, most of the time we remove nets and lines that are mostly empty, our favorite thing to do....
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
The Sea Shepherd crew has found 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks in the month of march of 2016. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org/milagro2
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
While patrolling the waters of the upper Gulf of California the Sea Shepherd crew found a dead vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the whole world. The crew also found a Great White Shark caught in an illegal gillnet.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
This week, the crew of ‪Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The M/V Farley Mowat and The RV Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass long line from the critically endangered ‪vaquita porpoise habitat. The totoaba fish is also critically endangered. Watch all episodes at: http...
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd crew rescued a whale entangled in an illegal totoaba gillnet in the Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd currently has two vessels in Mexico's Gulf of California on OPERATION MILAGRO. Our goal is to save the vaquita porpoises, the most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita are caught as a r...
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
You might know Gregg Lowe from X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now watch him explain Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro and understand why we must save the #VaquitaMarina - The most endangered cetacean in the world. Help us save the vaquita at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/donate-now/vaquita-appeal...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
This week the crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The Farley Mowat and The Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass net from the critically endangered vaquita marina's habitat Watch all episodes at: http://www.seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia/videos.html ‪#‎OpMilag...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Actor Gregg Lowe crews with Sea Shepherd to help us protect the vaquita. The M/V Farley Mowat lights up the vaquita refuge and deters poacher from laying deadly nets in the vaquita marina's habitat. Watch all episodes at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
The first video of our new series "Sea Shepherd Wildlife". This episode is about one of the lesser know large dolphins - The False Killer Whales. Learn more about these beautiful creatures with the Sea Shepherd crew. Share it with your friends. Video by Carolina A. Castro Narration by Nicole D'Entr...
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 05 - Gillnet Damage
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 05 - Gillnet Damage
Join the crew of the R/V Martin Sheen as they witness the damage a gillnet can cause to marine wildlife while patrolling the endangered vaquita's refuge in Mexico.