By Jessica Howard
Activist group Sea Shepherd will operate as a “world police” against illegal ice fish poaching this summer, says activist Bob Brown.
Sea Shepherd’s vessel Bob Barker will leave Hobart for the Southern Ocean on December 1 for a two-month stint targeting the poaching of Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish by six Japanese ships known to be operating in the region.
It will be backed up another Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, leaving from Wellington, New Zealand.
Dr Brown said it was left to the Sea Shepherd to take the Japanese to task in the absence of a “green world police”.
“We’ve got a world court that’s ruled on whaling, the problem is we don’t have a world police to make sure that environmental rulings at a world level are implemented,” he said.
Bob Barker captain Peter Hammarstedt said Sea Shepherd would take advantage of the seasonal pause in whaling to help the vulnerable fish species in Operation Icefish.
“We will confront, obstruct and interfere with their illegal fishing operations,” he said.
“We will do a citizen’s arrest of these ships, ordering them to port, demanding that authorities take over the arrest from us. Once against, we will be measuring our success by how much wildlife we’re able to save and protect down in the southern ocean.”