Five Years Ago Today: A Poaching Vessel Goes Down
Five years ago today, the rogue poaching vessel Thunder was scuttled by its own crew after a 110-day high-seas chase by Sea Shepherd as part of Operation Icefish.
At the start of Operation Icefish in 2014, Sea Shepherd set out to locate and shut down illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Antarctica. Infamously named the “Bandit 6”, the targets were six illegal poaching vessels known to Interpol and CCAMLR, who had previously managed to evade any law enforcement. Over two campaigns that spanned from 2014 to 2016, Sea Shepherd set the world record for the longest high-seas pursuit of a poaching vessel, removed 72 kilometers of illegal gillnets from the ocean, and successfully shut down all of the Bandit 6 vessels.
Sea Shepherd is an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction.