A Word from Captain Watson:
Last month Gordon Bell of Reuters interviewed me onboard the Farley Mowat. The article ran on February 15th and was published in newspapers worldwide. It is a very positive article and communicates the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society position very clearly.
Captain Saleem Modak is quoted as saying the detention of the Farley Mowat is not harassment and claims it is nonsense to say otherwise. What he does not explain is why the ship has not been detained in any port in any country visited by the Farley Mowat over the last three years. Suddenly, returning from intervening against the Japanese fleet, our ship is detained and the detention is continuing while the Japanese continue to kill whales in the Southern Ocean.
The detention of the Farley Mowat has turned out to be a very positive situation and has resulted in incredible publicity to further expose Japan's illegal activities in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. The detention has also brought us enormous sympathy and support in South Africa.
Sea Shepherd is quite content to let the Farley Mowat remain in detention until the South African authorities realize that a ship that is registered as a yacht is not required to have commercial safety, security, and manning certificates as commercial cargo vessels are.
No one asked for these certificates in Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Panama, the USA, Bermuda, or Canada - all the places the ship has been in the last year. Only in South Africa and only after Japan requested that the ship be detained.
We are not worried that the Farley Mowat will be kept from returning to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary at the end of this year because we intend to secure a faster ship to enable us to more effectively intervene and shut down the criminal whaling activities of the Japanese fleet.
- Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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