Front row L to R: President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Roest, back row (center) Keane. Photo: Steve RoestFront row L to R: President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Roest, back row (center) Keane. Photo: Steve RoestAfter a successful victory driving the whalers out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has turned its sights from defending whales to protecting sharks. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed earlier this month between the direct action marine wildlife conservation organization and the Republic of Palau. This historic agreement authorizes Sea Shepherd to collaborate directly with Palau's Division of Marine Law Enforcement (DMLE) to patrol and safeguard a unique marine protected area designated as the world's first shark sanctuary. During a recent visit to Palau, Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd's Chief Executive Officer Steve Roest met with His Excellency, President Johnson Toribiong of Palau, and the 16-member traditional Council of Chiefs who serve as his advisors, to sign the agreement.

Under this agreement:

  • Sea Shepherd will--at its sole expense--send a vessel to patrol Palau's territorial waters against illegal fishing activity.
  • Sea Shepherd will assist the DMLE officers onboard its vessel and facilitate prosecution of offenders to the fullest extent.
  • The relationship between Sea Shepherd and Palau is defined as a "partnership in the preservation of marine life."

"President Johnson Toribiong has led the world in taking action to protect sharks, and his establishment of a shark and marine mammal sanctuary is a call to action for other nations to defend diminishing populations of marine species. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is honored to be working with President Toribiong and Palau's Council of Chiefs, and we are proud to be a part of protecting the incredibly beautiful and biologically important islands of the Republic of Palau," said Captain Watson.

Captain Watson and CEO Roest in front of Palau government building. Photo: Steve RoestCaptain Watson and CEO Roest in front of Palau government building. Photo: Steve RoestCaptain Watson and Roest, in close collaboration with Dermot Keane, founder of the conservation organization Palau Shark Sanctuary, made a proposal to President Toribiong to offer the assistance of Sea Shepherd to intervene against illegal fishing activities, particularly the practice of shark finning, within Palau's territorial waters. Keane, who signed the Memorandum of Agreement as a witness, welcomed the historic partnership with Sea Shepherd by stating, "This is a major milestone for Palau's conservation efforts and clearly sends the right message to the world: our nation is serious about the enforcement of our marine protection laws, and with the help of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, smaller nations can certainly make a big difference."

President Toribiong and Palau's Council of Chiefs all agreed their country needs the assistance of Sea Shepherd to protect Palau's spectacular, yet fragile natural marine resources. In September 2009, President Toribiong addressed the United Nations and declared Palau's territorial waters as the world's first official shark sanctuary. In August 2010, the President recognized protection of all marine mammals in the same designated sanctuary. Despite an increasing poaching problem in Palau's waters, President Toribiong has not waivered in his support for conservation. This joint effort between Palau's government and Sea Shepherd begins the next phase of President Toribiong's conservation plan: in-field enforcement.

"This agreement is exemplary of a concerned government working in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization like Sea Shepherd. It reinforces that small island nations are at the forefront of oceanic conservation and are more willing to take matters into their own hands before it is too late to do anything about the loss of marine life and habitat," said Roest.

Sea Shepherd has a long history of working in direct collaboration with national governments to oppose poaching operations; its first such agreement was in the Galapagos Islands, where Sea Shepherd is now in its 11th year of working in partnership with the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian Environmental Police to protect the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

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Back row L to R: CEO Roest, President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Keane and the Council of Chiefs. Photo: Steve RoestBack row L to R: CEO Roest, President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Keane
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Front row L to R: President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Roest, back row (center) Keane. Photo: Steve RoestFront row L to R: President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Roest, back row (center) Keane. Photo: Steve Roest

Tras una exitosa victoria expulsando a los balleneros del Santuario de Ballenas del Oceano Antartico, Shepherd Conservation Society se centra ahora en la proteccion de los tiburones. A principios de este mes se firmo un memorandum de acuerdo entre la organizacion de accion directa por la fauna marina salvaje y la Republica de Palau. Este acuerdo sin precedentes autoriza a Sea Shepherd a colaborar directamente con la Division para el Cumplimiento de la Ley Marina (DMLE, de sus siglas en ingles) para patrullar y defender un area marina unica protegida designada como el primer santuario de tiburones del mundo. Durante una reciente visita a Palau, el Capitan Paul Watson y el Director Ejecutivo de Sea Shepherd Steve Roest se reunieron con Su Excelencia el Presidente Johnson Toribiong de Palau y los 16 miembros tradicionales del Consejo de Jefes, que actuan como sus asesores, para firmar el acuerdo.

Bajo este acuerdo:

  • Sea Shepherd enviara un buque, asumiendo la totalidad de los gastos, para patrullar las aguas territoriales de Palau contra la actividad pesquera ilegal.
  • Sea Shepherd ayudara a los oficiales del DMLE a bordo de su buque y facilitara el enjuiciamiento de los infractores en su maximo rigor.
  • La relacion entre Sea Shepherd y Palau se define como una "colaboracion en la preservacion de la vida marina."

"El Presidente Johnson Toribiong ha liderado el mundo al adoptar medidas para proteger los tiburones y su establecimiento de un santuario de tiburones y mamiferos marinos es una llamada a la accion para otros paises para defender las disminuidas poblaciones de especies marinas. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society se siente honrada de trabajar con el Presidente Toribiong y el Consejo de Jefes de Palau, y orgullosa de formar parte en la proteccion de estas islas increiblemente bellas y biologicamente importantes de la Republica de Palau," decia el Capitan Paul Watson.

Captain Watson and CEO Roest in front of Palau government building. Photo: Steve RoestCaptain Watson and CEO Roest in front of Palau government building. Photo: Steve Roest

El Capitan Watson y Roest, en una estrecha colaboracion con Dermot Keane, fundador de la organizacion conservacionista Palau Shark Sanctuary, hicieron una propuesta al Presidente Toribiong para prestar la asistencia de Sea Shepherd para intervenir contra las actividades de pesca ilegal, en particular, de la practica del shark finning (aleteo), en aguas territoriales de Palau. Keane, quien firmo el memorandum de acuerdo como testigo, acogio la historica colaboracion de Sea Shepherd afirmando: "Es un hito para los esfuerzos de conservacion de Palau y envia claramente el mensaje correcto al mundo: nuestro pais se toma en serio el cumplimiento de nuestras leyes de proteccion marina y paises mas pequenos pueden marcar una gran diferencia con ayuda de la Sea Shepherd Conservation Society."

El Presidente Toribiong y el Consejo de Jefes de Palau coincidieron en que su pais necesita la ayuda de Sea Shepherd para proteger los espectaculares, aunque fragiles, recursos marinos naturales de Palau. En septiembre de 2009, el Presidente Toribiong se dirigio a Naciones Unidas y declaro las aguas territoriales de Palau como el primer santuario oficial de tiburones del mundo. En agosto de 2010, el Presidente reconocio la proteccion de todos los mamiferos marinos en el mismo santuario designado. A pesar de un creciente problema de pesca furtiva en aguas de Palau, el Presidente Toribiong no ha renunciado a su apoyo por la conservacion. Este esfuerzo de union entre el gobierno de Palau y Sea Shepherd inicia la siguiente fase del proyecto de conservacion del Presidente Toribiong: cumplimento sobre el campo.

"Este acuerdo es ejemplar de un gobierno preocupado que trabaja en colaboracion con una organizacion no gubernamental como Sea Shepherd. Refuerza que pequenas naciones insulares estan en la vanguardia de la conservacion oceanica y mas dispuestas a tomar las riendas antes de que sea demasiado tarde para hacer algo sobre la perdida de vida marina y habitat," dice Roest.

Sea Shepherd tiene una larga historia de trabajo en colaboracion directa con gobiernos nacionales para combatir las operaciones furtivas; el primero de tales acuerdos fue en las Islas Galapagos, donde Sea Shepherd ha entrado en su 11? ano de trabajo en colaboracion con el Parque Nacional de Galapagos y la Policia Medioambiental de Ecuador para proteger las aguas de la Reserva Marina de Galapagos.

Fuente y traduccion: Sea Shepherd Espana

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Back row L to R: CEO Roest, President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Keane and the Council of Chiefs. Photo: Steve RoestBack row L to R: CEO Roest, President Toribiong, Captain Watson, Keane
and the Council of Chiefs. Photo: Steve Roest

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