THE Bob Barker departed Sea Shepherd’s Williamstown base in Melbourne with 24 crew headed for Hobart. The ship will arrive into the Derwent River at 6am on the morning of November 20.
The Bob Barker and crew will be in Tasmania to take on supplies, fuel and other preparations for this year’s Southern Ocean campaign, Operation Icefish.
Sea Sheperd will also host a major fundraising event with Captain Peter Hammarstedt on the night of November 20 at the Republic bar, North Hobart.
“Operation Icefish will be the first campaign of its kind, using innovative direct action tactics to fill a law enforcement void exploited by illegal toothfish operators,” Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Director of Ship Operations for Sea Shepherd Global, said.
“The Bob Barker and the Sam Simon will leave Hobart, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand, respectively, to shutdown illegal toothfish operators in Antarctic waters. Illegal fishing operations will be documented, reported and confronted. Unlawful fishing gear will be confiscated and disposed of,” Captain Hammarstedt added.
“In the course of Operation Icefish, Sea Shepherd will patrol the Southern Ocean ‘shadowlands’ in a bid to make a citizen’s arrest of the half dozen illegal toothfish operators who continue to exploit these vulnerable fish populations outside of the full reach of the law,” he added.
Source: Sea Shepherd Australia
Image Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.