Monday, 21 March 2016
Shocking Footage of Illegal Fishing in the Indian Ocean
Sea Shepherd’s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, is en route to the Indian Ocean to confront a killer in our oceans.
A fleet of fishing vessels is actively fishing on the high seas of the Indian Ocean using driftnets; a form of fishing banned by the United Nations in 1992 due to its indiscriminate and destructive impact.
The Steve Irwin first intercepted the fleet of vessels engaged in illegal fishing in January 2016. Now, Sea Shepherd has released shocking photographs and video of the encounter, showing sharks, dolphins, seals, and multiple species of fish, including critically endangered Southern Bluefin tuna, entangled and dead in the illegal nets.
The goal of this new campaign, Operation Driftnet, is to confront the vessels while they are engaged in the act of illegal fishing, and subsequently employ direct-action techniques to shut-down their operations.