|Monday, June 04, 2012|
Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt steps up for the sharks as the Brigitte Bardot becomes a Melbournian
Seaworks Williamstown, Melbourne Australia June 4, 2012
Today in the presence of numerous media and supporters at Seaworks Williamstown, Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt peeled a white cover off the stern of the Brigitte Bardot vessel uncovering the word "Melbourne" indicating the ship has a new place to call home in Australia.
Adam Bandt said that he was 'thrilled to be on the Brigitte Bardot in its new home when its not on campaign, its fantastic to know that it will be returning to Melbourne after campaigning having completed some amazing work. I think if you asked anyone on the street or looked at an opinion poll, you would find that people right across this country from all walks of life, whoever they vote for, how ever old they are, are really right behind the work that Sea Shepherd does. He said that having the vessel with a Melbourne home port will be great for Sea Shepherd and great for Melbourne and hopes that the people of Melbourne will really embrace the crew and the volunteers of Sea Shepherd giving them a pat on the back out on the streets of Melbourne."
Ships manager Simon Ager stated, "The crew has done an amazing job getting the Brigitte Bardot ready for her next campaign in the South Pacific to protect threatened sharks from the shark fin trade.
The ship will dock at Sydney's iconic Circular Quay this weekend (June 8th-10th) to take on vital supplies before heading across the Coral Sea to seek out illegal shark finning operations. The support in Melbourne from the public and Melbourne on-shore volunteers has been outstanding and Seaworks here in Williamstown is such a great place to have Sea Shepherd vessels, from both an outreach and maintenance standpoint."
"Thank you to deputy greens leader and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt for coming down to the ship today, despite the rain and wishing the crew of the Brigitte Bardot well on the upcoming shark fin campaign and supporting our founder Captain Paul Watson, who remains under house arrest in Germany", said Captain Lock MacLean.
Australian Director Jeff Hansen stated, "Its been encouraging to see the letters of support Senator Bob Brown and Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne have written to the German Ministers, showing that they too are committed to seeing the release of Captain Paul Watson from house arrest in Germany."
"Sharks play a vital role in the health of our life supporting oceans and their numbers are being decimated worldwide due to the unquenchable and catastrophic demand for shark fin soup. Even here in the magnificent world heritage area of the Great Barrier Reef marine park, a shark fishing industry continues. It’s a wonderful sight to see an Australian registered vessel doing such vital work for the world’s sharks and oceans for the benefit of future generations. - Stated Mr. Hansen"
This will be the first time the Brigitte Bardot will venture into Sydney Harbor with free public tours available this Friday, Saturday and Sunday onboard both the Brigitte Bardot and the Bob Barker, also to arrive this Friday into Sydney's Circular Quay.