Target: Paul Watson, Captain of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Goal: Praise and congratulate Sea Shepherd for shutting down illegal fishing in Antarctica.
One of the most persistent and dedicated environmental protection organizations in the world, Sea Shepherd, recently announced that it has completely shut down illegal fishing in Antarctic waters. Every year for the past decade, six fishing ships, dubbed the “Bandit Six,” laid illegal fishing nets in Antarctic waters, ignoring fishing restrictions and evading law enforcement. Sea Shepherd pursued these vessels until all six were sunk or detained, thus ending illegal fishing in Antarctica.
Sea Shepherd estimates that between 15 and 40 percent of the world’s fish supply is caught illegally. Although various countries and international organizations have established laws restricting certain fishing methods, or fishing in certain areas, the Bandit Six were able to continue fishing illegally because Antarctic waters are so remote.
To obtain their catch, the Bandit Six were using illegal gillnets, or nets that are hung vertically and dragged across large areas of ocean to catch everything in their path. In addition to the fish that the fishermen want, dolphins, sharks, seabirds, and other marine animals are caught in these nets. This method of fishing is extremely destructive to ocean ecosystems.
Sea Shepherd stepped in to enforce international fishing laws when no one else would. The members of the Sea Shepherd crew courageously pursued one of the Bandit Six for 110 days straight. Thanks to their efforts, illegal fishing in Antarctica has ended. Sign the petition below to thank Sea Shepherd for its environmental stewardship.
Dear Captain Watson,
I would like to congratulate you and the rest of the Sea Shepherd crew for completely shutting down illegal fishing in Antarctica. Your steadfast commitment to protect wildlife and your crew members’ bravery and dedication to their mission have made this victory possible.
In a world where profits and greed are causing rampant environmental destruction, you and your organization shine through as forces of good. You defend the oceans so that every living being on this planet actually has a future to look forward to. The success of your mission to end illegal fishing in Antarctica will make the world a better place.
I want to commend you for the determination and bravery that this mission required, and give you my support for all your future missions to protect the oceans.
[Your Name Here]
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