Photo: Galapagos National Park ServicePhoto: Galapagos National Park ServiceOn July 25th, Sea Shepherd reported the capture of a fishing vessel in what is the biggest case of shark killing in the history of the Galapagos National Park. We saw this as our opportunity to put almost two years of hard work in our legal project into practice and were preparing ourselves to go to court as an accusing party in defense of the massacred sharks. It was going to be historic, as there is no prior record of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) prosecuting environmental cases in the Galapagos. But, we were too optimistic as the Galapagos legal system is incapable of dealing with environmental crimes. In fact, we wonder if the local legal system is even capable of handling any crimes at all. In the 13 years of environmental regulations in the Special Law of Galapagos, not a single conviction has ever followed an environmental crime. We now know why: it is simply impossible under the present judicial conditions.

The facts of the Fer Mary 1 case:

-          The Fer Mary 1 is an industrial fishing vessel, using longlines, registered in Manta, the main fisheries port of Ecuador.

-          The Fer Mary 1 was detected by the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), on July 18th 2011. VMS is used by the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) to monitor vessel movement inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

-          The GNPS sent a speedboat to intercept the vessel that was operating some 20 NM inside the GMR. This speedboat had six rangers and one navy member. They sailed under difficult sea conditions to do their job. The seas were so rough that the GNPS took a big risk.

-          A large number of sharks (357) of different species, including one mako, a protected species by the Convention on Migratory Species, were found in the vessel and its dependant minor vessels. Some of these species are also listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) red list as either endangered or threatened. In Galapagos ALL species of sharks receive full legal protection.

-          According to the Galapagos Law and the Criminal Code of Ecuador, any capture of sharks, is illegal within the GMR. Any industrial fishing, especially using longlines, is also illegal inside the GMR.

-          On July 19th, the environmental prosecutor of Galapagos opened an investigation on the environmental crimes of fishing within the GMR and capturing protected species against the crew of Fer Mary 1. Upon request of the prosecutor, the judge ordered the detention of all crewmembers. The GNPS also filed an accusation.

-          If convicted, the crew of the Fer Mary 1 can all get up to three years imprisonment for fishing illegally and an additional three years for capturing protected species.

-          On August 3rd upon request of defendant's attorney, a judicial hearing took place. Despite the prosecutor's formal opposition, the judge decided on Saturday August 6th to release all suspects on the condition they report to the judge in Manta, their hometown on the mainland, every eight days. This condition applies to 19 crewmembers, which have left the islands and are now enjoying freedom 982 km away from the crime scene. Only the captain and the chief engineer, have to stay in Galapagos on San Cristobal Island until the end of the preliminary investigation, which is the first stage of the criminal procedure.

-          From a litigation perspective, the case has no future, as most suspects are out of town. This means that all of the risks taken by park rangers and the navy crew, implementation of expensive satellite monitoring technology, and all of the work of the environmental prosecutor and the GNPS was worth nothing to the judicial system, as suspects are now 982 km away from the Galapagos Islands. In reality, real justice is meant to respond to society and to protect it, not to abandon it.

-          And yet, it gets even worse: If charged with environmental crimes, all suspects will have to come back to Galapagos for trial. This has never happened in previous cases. The Papate is a good example. In April 2010, this Ecuadorian industrial fishing vessel was also caught inside the GMR with 183 dead sharks onboard. Five times the court in Galapagos has asked the 14 defendants, who are also from Manta, to return to Galapagos for their court case. The last time only one of them complied. In order for the court to process the case, ALL defendants must be present.  If the defendants fail to show up, the police have the authority to detain them and transport them to the court. This happens on the continent BUT in the case of Galapagos the question emerges: who will pay the costs of transportation from the mainland to the islands? Neither the police nor the judicial system has the budget for this. It is also not clearly regulated in the law.

-          Even if suspects do return, it is already certain that the case will be nullified: in the first environmental case that ever went to trial in Galapagos, the local criminal court has declared itself not competent to address cases on environmental crimes. That means that if you want to prosecute somebody in Galapagos, you have to go to the nearest provincial court in Ecuador, some 982 kilometers away. This is unbelievable and simply unacceptable.

-          Even more unacceptable is the fact that Galapagos is the only province in Ecuador without a Provincial Court of Justice.  How can this all happen in such a unique place as Galapagos?

Further notes of interest regarding the Fer Mary 1 case:

-          The vessel is being detained in Galapagos. History has shown that the owners will unlikely get it back (small bit of good news).

-          The prosecutor has also started a case against the owner of the vessel, a positive and new strategy to push the case to its limits. However, the same applies here as with the other defendants of previous cases: if one fails to show up, none can be charged.

-          The judicial system needs to be completely sanitized. Sea Shepherd Galapagos has helped achieve great improvements but as it turns out we haven't even scraped the surface in this area. The environmental prosecutor is doing a great job but is running against the judicial wall.

-          The GNPS is able to capture illegal fishermen thanks to the already existing VMS and soon with help of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) that Sea Shepherd is installing. The park rangers do this under difficult sea conditions taking big risks in order to protect the GMR. It is very frustrating for the rangers to then see the case being lost due to a failing judicial system.

-          The judge ordered the release of the fishermen due to humanitarian reasons. He thought it unfair to incarcerate people for a "mere" environmental infraction. But what about the terrible environmental damage that was inflicted upon this fragile ecosystem? What about breaking the law, doesn't that count for something? Apparently in Galapagos, nature is not as important to the judicial system.

-          The judge who ordered the release was removed from his position, days after he made this decision.

Next steps of action to correct this unacceptable situation:

-          Complete, in depth sanitation is needed of the judicial system in Galapagos. Competent judges need to be appointed who understand the value of the Galapagos' delicate ecosystem.

-          If the court in Galapagos is not competent to address cases on environmental crimes, than a provincial court should be appointed in Galapagos.

-          Where it is clear that the local judiciary does not understand the ecological value of sharks, at least it should be make clear to them that the economical damage to Galapagos far exceeds the profits of illegal fishermen. Some 90% of the people in Galapagos are dependent on tourism of which dive tourism is a very important part. People come to Galapagos to see sharks, not to see sharks being butchered by illegal fishermen.

-          Cases need to be treated on a person-to-person basis. Instead of trying to get all crewmembers back at the same time (which has proven to be impossible), the courts should prosecute each person individually. Not only will this be a lot easier, it also prevents all cases to be delayed if only one person fails to show up. This method is being applied in other parts of Ecuador where it has been proven to work. Due to the logistical difficulty Galapagos faces, as well as the lack of a provincial court, this should be an option.

Next steps of action for Sea Shepherd Galapagos:

This unlawful shark massacre will not be forgotten, and we will make sure of it. Sharks were killed in a shark sanctuary where they receive full protection, even though the judicial system fails to understand that.

This case has become the very symbol of a failing judicial system in Galapagos. If this judiciary is ever to become what it should be, a knowledgeable and respected actor in delivering environmental justice, then urgent and full transformation is needed.

At the moment, a process of judicial transformation is underway in Ecuador. We need to show national judicial authorities just how poorly environmental justice is being delivered in Galapagos. The Fer Mary 1 case will not bring the 357 dead sharks back to life, nor does it pay justice to the hard work of all the local authorities involved, but it may just be THE case justifying the need for major, local judicial transformation.

A legal brief (amicus curiae) on the need to protect sharks will soon be filed in court. Local and national support is being asked in order to send a clear message to the judicial system on how upsetting this case has become to society.

Two years ago we succeeded in showing national authorities the need of a specialized environmental prosecutor for Galapagos, and now, we turn our efforts to the judiciary.

It is about time for Lady Justice to come back to Galapagos.

article_separator_650x2

Photo: Galapagos National Park ServicePhoto: Galapagos National Park ServiceHace un mes reportamos la captura de un barco de pesca, el mayor caso de matanza de tiburones en la historia del Parque Nacional Galapagos. Vimos esta situacion como la oportunidad de poner en practica casi dos anos de arduo trabajo de nuestro proyecto legal e ir a la corte como una de las partes acusadoras, en defensa de estos tiburones masacrados. Hubiera sido historico, ya que no hay registros de una ONG acusando delitos ambientales en Galapagos. Fuimos demasiado optimistas; el sistema legal de Galapagos es totalmente incapaz de procesar delitos ambientales. Nos preguntamos si el sistema legal es capaz de procesar cualquier delito. Durante los 13 anos que hemos tenido regulaciones ambientales en la Ley Especial de Galapagos, no se ha conocido de ninguna condena por delitos ambientales. Ahora sabemos por que: es simplemente imposible bajo las condiciones judiciales actuales.

A continuacion los hechos de este caso:

  • El Fer Mary 1 es un barco de pesca industrial, que utiliza palangre y que esta registrado en Manta, el principal Puerto pesquero del pais.
  • El Fer Mary 1 fue detectado el 18 de julio de 2011 por el Sistema de Monitoreo de Embarcaciones (VMS Vessel Monitoring System). Este sistema es utilizado por el Servicio de Parque Nacional Galapagos (SPNG) para monitorear el movimiento de embarcaciones dentro la Reserva Marina de Galapagos (RMG).
  • El SPNG envio una lancha rapida con seis guardaparques y un oficial de la marina, para interceptar el barco que se encontraba aproximadamente a 20 millas nauticas dentro de la RMG. El SPNG tomo un gran riesgo, ya que esta operacion se desarrollo con malas condiciones climaticas y mar agitado.
  • Dentro del barco madre y sus embarcaciones menores se encontraron 357 tiburones de diferentes especies, incluyendo un Mako, especie protegida por la Convencion de Especies Migratorias. Algunas de las especies encontradas estan catalogadas dentro de la Lista Roja de la Union Internacional para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza UICN, como especies en peligro o amenazadas. En Galapagos, TODAS las especies de tiburones tienen total proteccion legal.
  • De conformidad con la Ley de Galapagos y el Codigo Penal del Ecuador, dentro de la RMG toda captura de tiburones es ilegal. Ademas en la RMG, toda pesca industrial es ilegal, especialmente cuando se utiliza palangre.
  • El 19 de Julio, la Fiscalia Ambiental de Galapagos inicio una instruccion fiscal en contra de la tripulacion del Fer Mary 1 por los delitos ambientales de pesca dentro de la RMG y la captura de especies protegidas. A peticion del fiscal ambiental, un juez ordeno la detencion de los tripulantes. El SPNG tambien presento una acusacion penal.
  • De ser encontrados culpables, la tripulacion del Fer Mary 1 puede recibir hasta tres anos de prision por pesca ilegal, y tres anos mas por la captura de especies protegidas.
  • El 3 de Agosto se realizo una audiencia a peticion del abogado defensor. El 6 de Agosto, a pesar de la oposicion formal de la Fiscalia, el juez resolvio dejar en libertad a todos los procesados, con la condicion de que se presenten cada ocho dias al juez de Manta, su ciudad de residencia en el Ecuador continental. Esta condicion aplica a 19 tripulantes, quienes ya estan gozando de libertad a 982 kilometros de la escena del crimen. Unicamente el capitan y el ingeniero de maquinas deben permanecer en la isla de San Cristobal hasta que concluya la instruccion fiscal, que es la primera fase de un proceso penal.
  • Desde el punto de vista de litigio, este caso no tiene futuro, ya que la mayoria de los procesados ya estan fuera de las islas. Esto significa que todos los riesgos tomados por los guardaparques y el oficial de la armada, la implantacion de una costosa tecnologia de monitoreo satelital, el trabajo del fiscal ambiental y del SPNG, no significan nada para el sistema judicial, ya que los implicados estan a 982 Km. de Galapagos. En realidad, la verdadera justicia deberia responder a la sociedad y protegerla, no abandonarla.
  • Esto se pone aun peor: si son acusados por delitos ambientales, los sospechosos deberan volver a Galapagos para el juicio, lo cual no ha sucedido en casos anteriores. El Papate es un buen ejemplo. En abril del 2010, este barco de pesca industrial con bandera ecuatoriana fue detectado dentro de la RMG, con 183 tiburones muertos.La corte en Galapagos ha llamado por cinco veces a los implicados, quienes tambien residen en Manta, para que regresen a ser enjuiciados. La ultima vez solo uno se presento. Para que el juicio se instaure, TODOS los procesados deben estar presentes. Si los implicados no se presentan, la policia tiene la autoridad de detenerlos y llevarlos a la corte. Esto es viable en el Ecuador continental, pero en el caso de Galapagos, surge la siguiente pregunta: ?quien pagara los costos de transporte de los procesados? Ni la policia, ni el sistema judicial tienen presupuesto para esto. Ademas, esto no esta claramente regulado en la ley.
  • Ahora bien, si los acusados regresan, es casi seguro que este caso sera anulado: En el primer y unico caso de medio ambiente que se ha llevado a juicio en Galapagos, el tribunal local se declaro no competente para conocer juicios por delitos ambientales. Esto implica que si usted quiere procesar a alguna persona en Galapagos por estos delitos, usted tiene que ir a la corte provincial mas cercana en el Ecuador continental, a 982 Km. de distancia. Increible y simplemente inaceptable.
  • Aun mas inaceptable es el hecho de que Galapagos es la unica provincia del Ecuador que no tiene una Corte Provincial de Justicia. ?Como puede esto ocurrir en un lugar tan especial como Galapagos?

Otros elementos de interes:

  • La embarcacion esta detenida en Galapagos. La historia indica que los duenos tienen pocas posibilidades de recuperarla. Estas son las buenas noticias.
  • La fiscalia ha incluido al dueno de la embarcacion en el proceso, una estrategia nueva y positiva para llevar el caso hasta sus limites. Sin embargo, lo mismo aplicaria aqui: si uno de los acusados no se presenta en el juicio, ninguno pude ser enjuiciado.
  • El sistema judicial necesita ser completamente saneado. Sea Shepherd Galapagos ha contribuido a lograr grandes mejoras, pero al parecer no hemos logrado ni siquiera tocar la superficie en esta area.
  • El fiscal ambiental esta haciendo un gran trabajo, pero se esta encontrando con una pared judicial.
  • El SPNG detecta pescadores ilegales gracias al sistema VMS que ya existe y muy pronto contara con la ayuda del Sistema de Identificacion Automatica (AIS), el cual esta siendo instalado por Sea Shepherd. Los Guardaparques, para proteger la RMG, realizan su trabajo en condiciones de suma dificultad y riesgo. Sin duda debe ser muy frustrante para ellos ver que el caso se pierde por culpa de un sistema judicial que se esta desmoronando.
  • El juez ordeno la liberacion de los pescadores por razones humanitarias. El juzgo injusto detener a personas por una mera infraccion ambiental. ?Pero que hay del terrible dano ambiental que se ha causado a este ecosistema tan fragil? ?Que hay en cuanto a la violacion de la ley, eso no cuenta para nada? Aparentemente en Galapagos, para el sistema judicial la naturaleza no es importante.
  • El juez que ordeno la liberacion fue removido de sus funciones a los pocos dias de haber tomado esta decision.

?Que tiene que suceder para que esta situacion inaceptable cambie?

  • Se necesita una limpieza completa y profunda del sistema judicial de Galapagos.
  • Si el tribunal local se declara no competente para enjuiciar delitos ambientales, entonces una corte provincial deberia ser designada en Galapagos.
  • Esta claro que la judicatura local no entiende el valor ecologico de los tiburones, por lo menos se les deberia enfatizar que el dano economico a Galapagos excede en gran medida las ganancias de los pescadores ilegales. Al menos el 90% de la poblacion de Galapagos depende del turismo, dentro del cual el turismo de buceo es una parte muy importante.
  • Los turistas vienen a Galapagos para ver tiburones, no para ver a tiburones despedazados cruelmente por pescadores ilegales.
  • Los casos deben ser procesados individualmente. En lugar de tratar de procesar al mismo tiempo a todos los tripulantes (lo cual esta probado que es imposible) la corte deberia juzgarles individualmente. Esto no solo seria mas facil, sino que evitaria que los casos se dilaten si una persona no asiste al juicio. Este sistema se ha aplicado en otras partes del Ecuador con excelentes resultados. Con las dificultades de logistica que sufre Galapagos, y la falta de una corte provincial, esta deberia ser una opcion.

?Que hara Sea Shepherd Galapagos mas adelante?

Esta masacre de tiburones no sera olvidada. Nosotros nos encargaremos de esto. Los tiburones fueron asesinados en un santuario de vida marina, donde reciben total proteccion, aunque el sistema judicial no pueda entender esto.

Este caso se ha convertido en el simbolo de un sistema judicial fallido en Galapagos.

Si alguna vez, se va a convertir en lo que deberia ser: un actor respetable y competente para administrar justicia ambiental, entonces es necesaria una transformacion total.

Actualmente se esta llevando a cabo en el Ecuador un proceso de transformacion judicial. Necesitamos mostrar a las autoridades judiciales nacionales la pobre manera en que la justicia ambiental se ha administrado en Galapagos. El caso del Fer Mary 1 no devolvera la vida a los 357 tiburones, ni hara justicia al arduo trabajo de las autoridades involucradas. Pero, puede ser el caso que justifique la necesidad de una transformacion judicial local.

Un alegato juridico (amicus curiae) sobre la necesidad de proteger a los tiburones, sera entregado en la corte. Se esta pidiendo apoyo local y nacional para enviar un mensaje claro al sistema judicial sobre el malestar social que este caso ha generado.

Hace dos anos, Sea Shepherd mostro exitosamente a las autoridades nacionales la necesidad de tener fiscales ambientales especializados para trabajar en Galapagos.

Ahora enfocamos nuestros esfuerzos hacia la judicatura.

Ya es hora de que la Dama Justicia regrese a Galapagos.

Sea Shepherd
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
On December 16, 2016, the New York City chapter hosted the premiere of Why Just One? Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s first full length, in-house documentary. The sold-out event was Captain Paul Watson's his first New York appearance at a Sea Shepherd event since returning to the United States...
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Six fishing boats engaged in illegal activities were spotted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, ending in their arrest by the Mexican Navy.
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Sea Shepherd and the M/V Farley Mowat break down how illegal underwater nets in the Sea of Cortez are snagged, pulled, cut and bundled. Footage also includes freeing and releasing live animals from the nets and cataloging those who unfortunately did not make it.
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
The Sam Simon has arrived in Mexico to join the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society-led campaign, Operation Milagro III. A partnership between Sea Shepherd and the Mexican authorities, Operation Milagro III intercepts, intervenes and interrupts any illegal activities found in the Vaquita refuge in the...
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
**If you cannot see the captions on this video, just click on CC on the lower right corner of video settings on the video ** #Breaking #SeaShepherd helps scientists learn more about #rare Beaked whales! Did you know that Cuvier's Beaked whales hold the record for the deepest mammalian dive? Watch t...
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...