Sea Shepherd Headed into Libya Now

Libya No Fly Zone. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will ask for right to fly helicopters in the No Fly Zone.

A Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Steve Irwin, boat full of nearly 40 environment activists is headed towards Libyan waters today, perhaps arriving as early as later tonight.

The activists, if you aren’t already aware, are going there to try to stop illegal bluefin tuna fishing.

“The Brigitte Bardot, another boat owned by Sea Shepherd, has searched the region and has reported that 23 purse seiners, which catch tuna with large nets that draw closed like purses, are now working in the area,” the AP reports.

First mate Locky MacLean said the Sea Shepherd activists (mostly volunteers) will take “direct action” if needed — in particular, they will dive into the water and cut nets in order to free tuna.

Sea Shepherd Activists Headed into a War Zone for a Reason

While the fact that Libya is technically a war zone right now, the war taking place is not happening in the water and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is keeping NATO aware of its activities.

“The Steve Irwin carries a helicopter, which will be used to scout for tuna fishermen just north of Libyan waters. The conservation group wants NATO to grant it an exemption from the no-fly zone it is enforcing over Libyan territory so the chopper can also be used to search those waters.”

The activists aren’t going into a war zone by coincidence, though. They are concerned that due to the war, poachers feel safer going into Libyan waters and not getting caught by inspectors.

Bluefin tuna, which I’ve written about a number of times, are facing collapse due to overfishing, mostly to satisfy the appetite of Japanase. Bluefin tuna spawn in Mediterranean Sea and then swim out into the Atlantic.

The Steve Irwin left Syracuse, a Sicilian port, earlier today.

Related Stories on Planetsave:

  1. Whale Wars’ Paul Watson Video Interview — “Arrest Me or Shut Up” (& Calls Greenpeace Activists Cowards)
  2. ‘Whale Wars’ Stars — Sea Shepherd Crew — Headed into Libyan Waters
  3. Huge Bluefin Tuna Black Market and Overfishing Identified
  4. Annual Quota of Bluefin Tuna Caught in 1 Week
  5. Sea Shepherd Wins? [Update + Video]

Photo via U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009.

Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity.

To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.