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Environmental activists sailing to Libyan waters

By DON MELVIN

ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN – A boat operated by environmental activists was steaming toward Libyan waters Friday, hoping to stop illegal fishing for bluefin tuna — with confrontation if necessary.

The Steve Irwin, which is owned by the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, could enter Libyan waters as early Friday night, said Locky MacLean, the first mate. 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.

While the activists will in theory be operating in a war zone, they do not fear for their safety as a result of the Libyan conflict. That war is not being fought at sea, and Sea Shepherd is keeping NATO, the military alliance conducting the campaign to protect civilians in Libya, 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.

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2 Responses

  1. John Antonatos says:

    Dear sir
    Im interested to work as a volunteer with u,on board job!!.
    please send me your email so i can send u my cv/resume

  2. Dear Mr Antonatos,

    I am a journalist and I was on board as an observer, not a participant. To volunteer to work on board the ship, you would have to contact Sea Shepherd directly.

    Best wishes,

    Don Melvin

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