i on europe


Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Environmental activists sailing to Libyan waters


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.



Filed under: Story links

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Don Melvin

Slobodan Lekic

Raf Casert

  • RT @AP_Travel: A dare: Skip the Colosseum and Vatican on a trip to Rome? Some strategies to beat overtourism in a crazed world of selfie st… 3 weeks ago
  • RT @SamLitzinger: My grandfather, John L. Litzinger, was wounded in WWI. I remember as a child being fascinated by the long scar on his arm… 3 weeks ago
  • Belleau Wood and what it meant for the United States 100 years ago. Turning point for a nation. My story wapo.st/2ksCNHz?tid=ss… 4 weeks ago
  • FIFA and VAR have a lot riding at the World Cup . Will the system to end refereeing scandal, somehow add to it?… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 month ago
  • RT @jackschickler: By my reckoning this is Day 3110 of the Greece crisis. On Day 1: - Britney Spears was at No. 1 - Ivanka Trump was just a… 1 month ago
%d bloggers like this: