Sea Shepherd’s Flagship Vessel the Steve Irwin finally released!
Thanks to generous donations and support from all over the world, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been able to raise over $735,000 (about € 515.000) to save the flagship Steve Irwin—less than two weeks after the launch of their SOS! – Save Our Ship fundraising campaign!
On July 15th, the Steve Irwin was detained in the Scottish Shetland Islands pending the Sea Shepherd’s ability to fund a bond estimated to be in the amount of $1,411,692.87 (about €990.000). The detainment was ordered by British courts due to a civil lawsuit brought against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society by Maltese fishing company Fish & Fish Limited.
Today the bond was posted and the Steve Irwin will soon depart to the Faeroes for Operation Ferocious Isles. The Steve Irwin will join the vessel Brigitte Bardot and her crew, who are already onsite defending pilot whales.
It’s still unclear when the lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will start. But the organization said in a press release to be ready to fight with the Maltese company Fish & Fish. According to Sea Shepherd, they had boats of Fish & Fish caught that where illegally fishing for bluefin tuna in Libyan waters and that they can prove it.
There is no court, no corporation, and no government on earth that will convince us that it is wrong to prevent the extinction of these fish,” said Captain Watson. “The economics of extinction is what we are fighting. Diminishment drives up prices and as the populations of fish in the oceans plummet, the price of frozen fish in the warehouses increases and this, the most expensive fish in the world will become even more expensive. With extinction, the frozen corpses become priceless. This is greed at the height of depravity, showing no respect for nature or regard to future generations, and we will not stand by and allow the bluefin to slip into the oblivion of biological extinction. Whatever the cost, whatever the risk, we intend to defend the bluefin tuna.
- The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
We’re glad to see the Steve Irwin back at sea. Respecting, protecting and sadly enough saving our oceans is something that should concern all of us.
We are in a war to save our oceans from ourselves. And if we lose, we all lose because if the oceans die, we all die – it’s as simple as that.
- Captain Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society