In one of the longest campaigns in Sea Shepherd’s history, Operation Milagro III concluded its six-month operation in Mexico’s Gulf of California to protect the near-extinct vaquita porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass.
Two Sea Shepherd vessels, the M/V Farley Mowat, along with the M/Y Sam Simon, spent the last six months patrolling the vaquita refuge in the upper gulf, retrieving illegal gillnets that trap and kill the vaquita and totoaba, along with other marine wildlife. Together, the two ships removed 233 illegal fishing gear including 189 totoaba nets, 27 shrimp and corvina nets and 17 long lines.
Top-Selling Soap Brand Donates New Ship, MV Emanuel Bronner, to Support Wildlife Protection in the Baltic Sea
Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soap and body care products in North America has partnered with Sea Shepherd to launch Sea Shepherd Germany’s first vessel, the MV Emanuel Bronner. Dr. Bronner’s donated the ship to support the organization’s efforts to defend wildlife in the Baltic Sea.
To commemorate this partnership, Dr. Bronner’s and Sea Shepherd have each released new limited edition co-branded merchandise for sale on their respective websites.
Dr. Bronner’s has also published a video and interview with Sea Shepherd leadership on their All-One! blog to mark this unique collaboration, available at: https://www.drbronner.com/all-one-blog.
“On June 1, I brought my family to Bremen Germany where Sea Shepherd Germany’s first ship, the MV Emanuel Bronner, named after my grandfather, was unveiled to press and supporters,” says Michael Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. “The more I’ve gotten to know the amazing individuals involved in this organization, the more I’ve understood that the soul and mission of Dr. Bronner’s and Sea Shepherd is All-One! Motivated by a mutual concern and compassion for the environment and wildlife, both organizations hold a deep belief in the power and responsibility of individuals to take direct action to right the wrongs of the world.”
The goal of Sea Shepherd Germany’s Baltic Sea campaign is to finally establish real sanctuaries for endangered harbour porpoises. These small and shy members of the dolphin family are seeing their numbers decrease dramatically because they are frequently caught in fishing nets and die as bycatch. To protect this species, Germany should be following EU regulations and make the porpoises’ habitats sanctuaries where fishing is completely prohibited. Right now, the use of gillnets is still legal and not monitored at all, which Sea Shepherd asserts, must change.
“Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. We are honored to partner with Dr. Bronner’s, a rare company that has a deep understanding of the consequences of human actions on the planet,” says David Hance, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Their support has helped our German partners with the means to set sail this summer to protect the threatened harbour porpoise in the Baltic Sea,” Hance continued.
Dr. Bronner’s has created a special “Protect Our Oceans” label to promote this partnership and to support Sea Shepherd. A 4oz. soap bottle with this special label is free with purchase of a co-branded Dr. Bronner’s and Sea Shepherd toiletry bag available on both organizations websites. (MSRP: $25.00.) To view or purchase, visit: http://www.shop.drbronner.com/merchandise and http://www.seashepherd.org.
Dr. Bronner’s is also selling a limited run of T-Shirt’s (MSRP: $25.00.) and Hoodies (MSRP: $45.00.) with a special graphic celebrating the launch of the MV Emanuel Bronner available on the company’s website while supplies last. To view or purchase, visit: http://www.shop.drbronner.com/merchandise.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society partnered with a group of Hollywood industry heavyweights and a middle school from the Los Angeles Unified School District on a student filmmaking contest.
The winner’s film will released as Sea Shepherd’s official PSA for World Oceans Day on June 8th, 2017, on the organization’s website and across social media platforms.
Last December, the 7th and 8th grade Cinematic Arts Academy students at Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks, CA, were challenged to create a short film about what World Oceans Day means to them.
Double Oscar winning sound editor Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum), Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), twice Oscar nominated editor Joe Walker (Twelve Years A Slave, Arrival), Participant Pictures executive vice president of documentary films Diane Weyermann, and Sea Shepherd founder and CEO Captain Paul Watson were among the contest’s judges.
Documentary filmmakers and producers Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), Kief Davidson (The Ivory Game), Kip Andersen (Cowspiracy), Ross McCall (The Grind of the Faroe Islands), Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth), and Sea Shepherd Youth Ambassador, actor Zach Callison, rounded out the list of judges.
Sea Shepherd's research vessel the R/V Martin Sheen returned to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island to continue its study of Cuvier's beaked whales, capturing never before seen drone footage of these rare and elusive cetaceans.
During the two-week expedition, Mexican lead-scientist Gustavo Cardenas Hinojosa and American collaborator Jenny Trickey, deployed various acoustic devices to compare their effectiveness. The scientists will return and leave these devices for a longer period of time.
The acoustic instruments record the whales’ echolocation clicks, helping scientists estimate the distribution and abundance of Cuvier's at the Island. Some of these instruments are also the same ones used by Cardenas in the northern Gulf of California to estimate the population trends of the near-extinct vaquita porpoise.
Ship artifacts, celebrity-related memorabilia and trips are among the auction items available to the public
A Sea Shepherd telegraph involved in Soviet whaling interventions, a Sea Shepherd surfboard, lunch with actor/activist Martin Sheen, a vegan getaway to Palm Springs, and a guitar signed by The Red Hot Chili Peppers are just some of the items currently up for auction in conjunction with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s upcoming 40th Anniversary gala.
The marine conservation group’s Gala for the Oceans, will be held on June 10th, 2017, a the Montage Beverly Hills in California.