These two small island nations have had their politicians bought and paid for by the Japanese fishing industry. They kill humpback whales in St. Vincent and slaughter pilot whales and dolphins in St. Lucia and market the meat as "Caribbean beef." In August of 2003, conservationist Jane Tipson was mysteriously murdered in connection with her efforts to oppose whaling and the capture of dolphins.
At the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings, six small Caribbean states continue to vote down whale sanctuaries in favor of undermining restrictions on whaling. Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Kitts-Nevis have done so every year since the government of Japan bought their IWC memberships for them almost ten years ago and proceeded to pour more than $100 million in "fisheries development" aid into their economies in exchange for cooperation on whaling issues at the IWC.
Sea Shepherd - Actions Defending the Whales of St. Lucia & St. Vincent
In 2001, the Farley Mowat patrolled St. Lucia and St. Vincent and engaged in confrontations with the authorities in both nations after documenting and exposing the illegal killing of pilot whales. In 2003, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Jane Tipson's killer or killers.
SEA SHEPHERD DOCUMENTED CARIBBEAN WHALERS IN THE ACT
JULY 19, 2001, CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA -- After repeated denials from St. Lucian authorities that whales are being killed here, Sea Shepherd documented proof to the contrary.
At 1700 Hours on July 19, one of numerous suspected whale killing boats that Sea Shepherd had under surveillance returned to Castries harbor. Two Sea Shepherd inflatables moved to intercept and documented the bleeding body of a juvenile pilot whale on the deck. The whale measured less than six feet and clearly showed gunshot wounds on the body. The agitated whale killer threatened the Sea Shepherd crew with a knife. The dead whale was transported into the harbor alongside the Norwegian cruise ship Monarch of the Sea, and many tourists had a full view of the mutilated body of the young whale as its blood trailed into the water.
The killing of the whale was unreported, demonstrating that the fishermen slaughtering pilot whales operate without regulations.
"Now we know why the St. Lucian authorities can deny whaling," said Captain Paul Watson. "They have chosen to ignore the issue and are willfully ignorant of the slaughter. The whale was cut up within view of the government office buildings in Castries."
St. Lucia votes with Japan against all whale conservation measures brought before the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
Sea Shepherd has seen the evidence in St. Lucia of Japanese influence. Japan built a fishery complex, supplied millions of dollars worth of development grants, and supplied fiberglass boats to the fishermen in return for St. Lucia's vote at the IWC.
Many representatives of St. Lucia's strongest industry - tourism - worry about the image this Caribbean island nation is presenting to the rest of the world.
"The Eastern Caribbean is the key to protecting the whales worldwide. It was the Caribbean nations siding with Japan that defeated the Southern Pacific Whale Sanctuary in 2000, and year after year they attempt to help Japan in its attempt to overturn the worldwide moratorium on whaling," said Captain Watson.
St. Lucia One of the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia lies just south of Martinique. It is of volcanic origin. A chain of wooded mountains runs from north to south and from them flow many streams into fertile valleys. As of 2005, the population is estimated at 166,312.
St. Lucia is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and is represented on the island by a governor general. Control of the government rests with the prime minister and the cabinet.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines St. Vincent, chief island of the chain, is 18 miles (29 km) long and 11 miles (18 km) wide and is located 100 miles (161 km) west of Barbados. The island is mountainous and well forested. St. Vincent is dominated by the volcano Mount Soufrière, which rises to 4,048 ft (1,234 m). As of 2005, the population estimate is 117,534.
The main islands in the Grenadines are Bequia, Balliceau, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Isle D'Quatre, Petit Saint Vincent, and Union Island.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and is represented on the island by a governor general, an office with mostly ceremonial functions. Control of the government rests with the prime minister and the cabinet.
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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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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...
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....
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.
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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.
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.
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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...
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...
This week the crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The Farley Mowat and The Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass net from the critically endangered vaquita marina's habitat
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Actor Gregg Lowe crews with Sea Shepherd to help us protect the vaquita. The M/V Farley Mowat lights up the vaquita refuge and deters poacher from laying deadly nets in the vaquita marina's habitat.
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The first video of our new series "Sea Shepherd Wildlife".
This episode is about one of the lesser know large dolphins - The False Killer Whales.
Learn more about these beautiful creatures with the Sea Shepherd crew.
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Narration by Nicole D'Entr...