Operation Sola Stella: Campaign Launch
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Operation Sola Stella: Campaign Launch

WATCH us combating illegal fishing in Liberia with the launch of Operation Sola Stella! Since the 2nd of February 2017 we've been working closely together with the Ministry of National Defense in Liberia to tackle the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. It’s estimated that 15-40% of the global catch of fish is caught by IUU operators and in the region of West Africa that number is closer to 40%. Last year Sea Shepherd Global​'s historic accord with the government of Gabon resulted in the arrest of four IUU fishing vessels as part of Operation Albacore. We're now expanding our government cooperation and collaboration with Liberia to board and inspect any vessel entering Liberian waters suspected of criminal activity. On board the MY Bob Barker​ are Sea Shepherd crew from a number of different countries and ten Liberian coast guard officers, supported by Israeli maritime advisors and conservationists assisting with capacity building for the Liberian coast guard. Operation Sola Stella is a new campaign to further address the issue of IUU fishing in West Africa and bring criminals to justice. #OpSolaStella #OpAlbacore #PoachersBeware #FisheriesCrime ---- Sea Shepherd is an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife, and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction. Learn more about us: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/ Support our efforts: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/donate/
Operation Albacore: Distressing Footage of the Devastating Impacts of By-Catch.
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Operation Albacore: Distressing Footage of the Devastating Impacts of By-Catch.

Distressing Footage of the Devastating Impacts of By-Catch. The crew of The MV Bob Barker has captured distressing footage of the devastating impacts of by-catch. Of the total global catch of Atlantic tuna, 20% is caught in Gabon’s Exclusive Economic Zone, primarily by large industrial purse seine fishing operators. This method of fishing involves a net being deployed around an entire area or school of fish. The lead line of the net is then pulled in, "pursing" the net closed on the bottom, preventing fish from escaping by swimming downward. Often, non-target species such as sharks, dolphins, rays and turtles also become trapped in the nets. These unwanted species are known as by-catch. If the animals survive the stress of the encounter and the weight of the surrounding fish as they are hauled on to deck, they are released back into the ocean. However, many die and are subsequently discarded as waste. Through monitoring and documentation, Sea Shepherd is assisting Gabonese authorities in their efforts to mitigate incidental mortality and serious injury caused as a result of by-catch. “By-catch is a major contributor to overfishing globally, and has devastating impacts on the world’s oceans,” said Operation Albacore Campaign Leader, Captain Peter Hammarstedt. “We commend the Government of Gabon for tackling this issue, head-on and are honoured to be able to assist in their efforts to improve monitoring and enforcement in Gabonese waters,” he concluded. ---- Sea Shepherd is an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife, and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction. Learn more about us: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/ Support our efforts: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/donate/

Being a photographer and videographer for Sea Shepherd Global I had the chance to film and edit the videos that were uploaded during campaigns. Most of the footage was filmed by me, as well as by other crew members and drone pilots.

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