We are determined to make this our last campaign in the Southern Ocean. Operation Divine Wind will see us heading to Antarctica this summer to hopefully end the illegal whale hunt once and for all. Soon all three of our ships – the Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Brigitte Bardot – will be in Australia preparing for the campaign. November will also see Captain Paul Watson in Australia, appearing as a special guest at a number of Operation Divine Wind fundraisers around the country. In Australia we are in an amazing position to be able to support the ships before they set off to protect the whales, and year after year we have seen an amazing amount of support from our local allies. Your assistance is priceless to us. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to effectively shut down the Southern Ocean whaling industry and make an impact on many other fronts worldwide.
Reflecting on the amount of passion and support in Australia for Sea Shepherd’s work, we thought it was due time that we created a local e-newsletter for updates specific to this region. Sea Shepherd Australia continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and we would love to share with you some of the exciting things that we are doing.
Captain Paul Watson in Australia
Captain Paul Watson will be visiting Australia in November and attending a number of fundraisers for the upcoming Operation Divine Wind.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Paul Watson speak and support the crew heading off to the Southern Ocean to protect the whales.
Palm Beach – Living Ocean Celebration
Nov 6, Palm Beach Boat House
For tickets and info Living Ocean website
Geelong – An Evening with Captain Paul Watson, Dave Hughes and Cameron Ling for the Whales
Nov 20, The Pier, Geelong
For tickets and info www.seashepherd.org/geelong
Galapagos Filming Project
Since 2000, Sea Shepherd has maintained a strong, positive presence in the Galapagos Islands. From helping the local authorities in patrolling the Marine Reserve in a bid to stop illegal fishing activities, to busting shark finners, to educating the local youth, Sea Shepherd carries out its mission of promoting ocean conservation using a wide range of methods and actions.
Sea Shepherd Australia recently sent Australian Director, Jeff Hansen and volunteer videographer Tim Watters to the Galapagos Islands in order to put together a documentary on the work Sea Shepherd is doing there.
Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Galapagos Director, with Australian Director Jeff Hansen out the front of the Isabella police dog K9 kennels, funded by Sea Shepherd Fremantle.
Sea Shepherd Australia Enlists Cetacean Vet
Dr Verné Dove
We are proud to announce the appointment of Dr Verné Dove as a volunteer Cetacean Vet Field Agent. A passionate supporter, Dr Dove, will assist Sea Shepherd in a volunteer capacity when and where she can. Sea Shepherd volunteers often assist with cetacean strandings under the instruction of Government environment bodies and the appointment of Dr Dove provides an amazing opportunity to engage and utilise her expertise to assist in this area.
Profile: North Qld On-Shore Volunteer Coordinator Helen Robertson
Meet our fantastic new North Queensland Coordinator Helen Robertson, based in Cairns. Helen is running one of a number of new chapters starting up in Australia. It is exciting to see the organisation growing so much! You can find out more about Helen by reading her profile.
New Faces in the Sea Shepherd Australia Head Office
Our Melbourne office has seen some big changes recently. We lost the amazing Gillian Forbes as Australian Coordinator, who did an incredible job building Sea Shepherd Australia’s presence and profile over the past 2 years. We wish Gillian the best of luck in her future endeavours, and many thanks for her priceless contributions to SSCS. Our new Australian Coordinator is Lilia Letsch, working alongside the new Australian Outreach Assistant Amanda Watters. It’s great to have some new faces and fresh energy in the office!
L-R: Lilia Letsch and Amanda Watters
We are on the brink of shutting down whaling in our Southern Ocean. Our tactics continue to be extremely effective, but we have only been able to practice them with your material, financial and moral support. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming fundraisers, but if you can’t make it please continue to support us in this winning battle for the whales. Thank you.
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Tour the Bob Barker in Sydney
The Bob Barker will be docked in Circular Quay, Sydney, from Nov 10-12. It will be open for public tours, so come along and meet the crew and see where all the action happens!
Marine Sanctuaries Update for South West Australia
Thanks to all your submissions, a record 42,000 people lodged a pro-sanctuary submission calling for large marine sanctuaries in Australia’s SW. This is the highest number of submissions ever sent to a government process on a conservation issue in Australia!