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Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Pacuare: Sea Turtle Anti-Poaching Campaign in Costa Rica
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Costa Rica and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association have launched Operation Pacuare, an anti-poaching campaign to protect sea turtles on Pacuare Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province. Marine biologists predict that September is likely to be the peak nesting month for green sea turtles; thus, they suspect an increase in poaching activity to occur during this time.
LAST, a member of WIDECAST, an international scientific network with coordinators in more than 40 countries, has been spearheading the sea turtle protection project on Pacuare Island. With volunteer numbers steadily declining, LAST called upon Sea Shepherd to become an international partner to increase awareness of the local crises and recruit volunteers from its vast network of dedicated activists to protect green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles, which all frequent the small island to nest on a yearly basis.
Sea Shepherd and LAST volunteers are actively patrolling Pacuare Island’s coastline to locate and protect sea turtle nests, as well as the turtles. Eggs laid by these endangered animals — already facing a list of human-induced threats, including entanglement in fishing gear, by-catch and ocean pollution — can fall into the hands of poachers, a crisis that is driving sea turtles further toward the brink of extinction. Some species targeted by poachers are already nearly extinct.
An unspoken law exists in this area, where the first person to approach a turtle gets the nest. This rather primitive law is generally respected and reduces the chance of disputes. Therefore, the basic strategy to protect these turtles is a game of numbers —the more volunteers patrolling the beaches and laying claim to turtles before poachers, the fewer eggs poached and resulting dead turtles. Preliminary field reports show one volunteer to every three poachers; thus, more volunteer recruits are desperately needed to keep the nesting turtles out of harm’s way.
The unofficial population of the undeveloped island of Pacuare is only about two hundred residents, so there are few ways to make a living aside from fishing and selling coconuts. Therefore, some people turn to poaching eggs and killing turtles for meat and souvenirs as income. However, if given an alternative source of income, such as ecotourism, the locals would prefer to protect instead of exploit the turtles.
“Economic desperation is not a valid excuse to murder these gentle creatures and export their eggs to foreign markets. A sea turtle is worth far more alive than dead to all of us, poachers included. Poaching and other human activities are wiping out sea turtles at alarming rates. Many species are close to permanently vanishing from the oceans.
The time to protect them is now, and Sea Shepherd is committed to doing just that in Costa Rica and other nesting habitats around the world,” said Sea Shepherd USA Executive Director Susan Hartland.
Despite the fact that activist Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed by poachers on nearby Moín Beach in 2013, turtle slaughter and egg poaching remain relatively unexposed by the media as Costa Rica is often portrayed as an eco-touristic safe haven for animal species. Turtle slaughter and egg poaching is just the tip of the iceberg on Moín Beach, which is a hotbed for crime and illegal drug-trafficking activities. Despite its natural beauty and wildlife, this 17-kilometer stretch of coastline is unsafe without police escorts and thus, more risky to protect.
“Sea Shepherd named a vessel after devoted sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was killed in Costa Rica while protecting sea turtle nests from poachers. Our plan is to expand patrols to Moin Beach next year to honor Jairo’s memory by carrying on his important work in Costa Rica. The sea turtles have many who wish to exploit them, but they also have determined defenders,” said Sea Shepherd Executive Director, Susan Hartland.
Sea Shepherd has additional sea turtle defense campaigns currently underway in turtle-poaching hotspots including Honduras and Cape Verde.
Sea Shepherd at the International Whaling Commission Meeting in Slovenia
For the first time since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague passed its landmark ruling against the Government of Japan, condemning so-called research whaling in the Southern Ocean, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has convened in Portoroz, Slovenia for its 65th biennial meeting.
Since the ICJ, declared an immediate revocation of all Japanese “scientific” whaling permits, the Japanese delegation is expected to propose a revised commercial whaling initiative under the guise of science. Sea Shepherd suspects that fin and humpback whales will be removed from the Japanese Government’s self-allocated quota, while the quota for minke whales will be drastically reduced.
Even after this landmark ruling by the international court, the Government of Japan has declared its plans to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean during the 2015/16 Austral summer season and is expected to reveal more details during the IWC meeting.
Sea Shepherd is maintaining a presence at the IWC meeting to make clear Sea Shepherd’s ongoing commitment to stopping illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean.
A sailboat from Sea Shepherd Italy with Sea Shepherd logos and volunteers on it is cruising outside of the Grand Hotel Bernardin, where the meeting is taking place, in full view of the IWC delegations; while Captain Alex Cornelissen and Captain Peter Hammarstedt are staying as guests at that same hotel. A press conference will be held at the Hotel on Monday morning.
At the meeting, New Zealand is expected to table a resolution, supported by the United States and Australia, that the judgment of the ICJ must be taken into account before any new scientific permits can be issued by the IWC. The effect of which would be that Japan not be able to resume Antarctic whaling for the next two years until the subsequent commission meeting (as these meetings are held every other year).
Although Sea Shepherd applauds the efforts of New Zealand to prolong Japan’s whaling hiatus, Sea Shepherd is concerned that the resolution could have a potential negative effect – namely that scientific whaling be further legitimized.
The ruling of the ICJ unfortunately does not prevent any other types of so-called research whaling, only the current research program by Japan, JARPA II. The real risk to the success of the ruling, is that the whaling arm of the Japanese Government, the Institute for Cetacean Research, will simply reword its research program to circumvent the spirit of the ruling.
Commercial whaling in the Antarctic has continued under the guise of research since the Moratorium on Commercial Whaling of 1986 through the exploitation of loopholes. It is likely to continue through those same loopholes despite the best intentions of New Zealand.
Sea Shepherd’s position is that the Southern Whale Sanctuary must remain unequivocally closed to all forms of whaling and that any attempt by Japan to violate the ICJ ruling must be viewed as criminal intent.
Further to that, whaling is unlawful under Australian law and most countries have outlawed it. Sea Shepherd is committed to the continued defense of the Australian Whale Sanctuary and the upholding of a 2008 Australian Federal Court ruling that bans whaling in the Australian Antarctic Territory, where most of the whaling takes place.
Sea Shepherd groups will continue to be the unofficial enforcement arm of the IWC’s Moratorium on Commercial Whaling, and is prepared to intercept, obstruct and shut down the Japanese whaling fleet, should whaling proceed commercially under the bogus pretense of science.
Sea Shepherd Orlando to Hold Gathering Outside IMATA Conference to Protest Their Involvement in the Captive Trade in Cetaceans
Attendees are invited to view Sea Shepherd’s “From the Cove to Captivity” Photo Exhibit
Animal captivity enthusiasts are descending upon Orlando, Florida for this year’s IMATA (International Marine Animal Trainers Association) conference. Held between September 14th-18th, attendees will be made to feel at home by one of the major hosts, SeaWorld Orlando. Animal trainers, aquarium and zoo managers, and other individuals in the business of keeping animals captive for big bucks will be in attendance.
Luckily for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s clients, Orlando is also home to one of our newest Onshore Volunteer chapters. Our crew at Sea Shepherd Orlando will be leading a public gathering to show IMATA conference attendees the other side of the story for whales and dolphins in captivity. If you are in the area, please join Sea Shepherd Orlando’s demonstration on September 14th at 10:30am at the SeaWorld Gate, found at the intersection of Central Florida Parkway and Discovery Cove Way. You can find regularly updated details of the event here: Sea Shepherd Orlando's event page.
In 2006 IMATA issued a statement that condemned the inhumane killing of dolphins and other cetaceans in the Japanese drive fisheries. However, IMATA continues to support, train and certify businesses that profit from the annual drive hunt and slaughter of dolphins and small whales in the infamous Cove of Taiji, Japan.
More than ever, it is important for us to maintain the pressure on organizations like IMATA to denounce the capture of wild dolphins and whales for sale into lives of captivity and breeding. They must stop supporting businesses that engage in this brutal and cruel practice.
Sea Shepherd’s volunteer Cove Guardians are currently in Taiji, standing watch over the cove. The Cove Guardians are the only group on the ground in Taiji throughout the entire six-month hunting season – from September 1st until March – documenting and live streaming every capture and every kill for the world to see. Though many of the dolphins and whales driven into the Cove are slaughtered for human consumption, many others are selected for captivity in aquariums and marine parks in Taiji and around the world – the most profitable aspect of the hunt, as a single captive dolphin can be sold for $100,000 or more. Taiji is ground zero for the international trade in captive cetaceans.
This is the 5th year Sea Shepherd has been on the ground in Taiji for Operation Infinite Patience. You can keep up-to-date and support the campaign on our Cove Guardian website and on Facebook and Twitter.
The work of Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians has been touring the U.S. over the past year, with our Onshore Volunteer chapters exhibiting the “From the Cove To Captivity” photographic exhibit from Seattle to New York City, and many cities in between. The exhibit consists of a series of powerful photos taken by our volunteers in Taiji, presenting an opportunity to see the Cove through the eyes of the Cove Guardians.
At their demonstration at the IMATA conference, Sea Shepherd Orlando volunteers will be holding photographs in a “living exhibit” of “From the Cove to Captivity,” powerfully displaying the brutal side of the whale and dolphin captivity industry most often hidden from public view.
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The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
Commentary by Simon Ager
Cape Verde is one of only ten marine biodiversity hotspots around the world, making it one of the ten places on the globe with the most threatened endemic marine species - and the third most important area in the world for the reproduction of sea turtles!
Continuing our work with local NGO Bisofera1 that saw the Brigitte Bardot embark on a Shearwater study, it couldn’t be more fitting to have the Sea Shepherd vessel, Jairo Mora Sandoval (named after the late conservationist, murdered in Costa Rica while protecting sea turtles) embark on a campaign to assist in the study, conservation and anti-poaching of loggerhead turtles on the beautiful island of Santa Luzia, Cape Verde. Marine biologist Patricia Rocha and Tommy Melo of Biosfera 1 head up the campaign to the island.
A protected marine reserve, only NGO Bisofera1 and local fishermen “grandfathered in” are permitted on the island. This is due to change for the fishermen, as the government moves to ban all but marine biologists from coming here.
The island, volcanic in nature, is home to barren landscapes reminiscent of the photos from Mars, and mountains that claw the sky. Sunrise sets the landscape ablaze in a wash of orange.
It is a harsh environment for any animal, with very little fresh water even during the rainy season. The trade winds provide a respite from the heat, the earth shimmering in the midday sun. Our base camp, a large military tent, plays host to Cape Verde sparrows and lizards. Ospreys are frequent visitors overhead.
Since the start of the season in late June to date, not more than 150 nests have been recorded - and counting - with an average of three to four new nests recorded most nights. These numbers are a far cry from last season, which saw more than one thousand nests recorded here.
With two patrols, at 9pm and 5am, we cover the North and South nesting beaches of Francisca and Achados. A short hike of 2km across a raked wasteland separates the two. The landscape changes dramatically from volcanic rock, to scrubland, to sand dunes, and a mixture of volcanic black sand to dirty blonde.
We cover roughly 12km every night, as we walk our assigned beach twice, looking for nesting turtles and new nests. Depending on the tides, it can feel like trudging through molasses as you sink ankle-deep in the darkness with nothing but a red light to guide you.
The ‘Up’ track, or flipper footprints, of a turtle making its way from the ocean to the dunes is easy to spot. Then it is a waiting game for us as she heaves herself through the dunes to find the perfect ground in which to nest.
It is an amazing sight to behold, as a turtle carves out the perfect chamber in which to lay her eggs, going into a trance-like state. Her back flippers gently raise and lower as she drops between eighty to one hundred eggs, each the size of a ping-pong ball, before filling in the nest with sand.
A tiny GPS locator is painlessly attached to her front right flipper and a skin sample is taken, along with shell measurements, before she heads back to the ocean.
We mark the new nest via GPS and cut a deep trough in which to encircle the eggs with a protective fence. The eggs and newborn turtles are an easy target for the droves of crabs that linger in the surf in search of dinner. The aim is to have twenty-five “control” nests that are protected and monitored from inception to release.
Each night after roughly five to six hours spent patrolling, we head back to camp, or sleep in the dunes until sunrise if you’re on the 9pm patrol. We sit around to eat breakfast and correlate data. I learn some of the local language, Creole, picking out the growing collection of sand from my hair.
The daytime is for sleeping, showering in the ocean, dragging traditional fishing boats up the beach, and removing the sand that constantly blows through with the trade winds.
It will take sixty days before brand new life will climb up through the sand of a newly laid nest in a bid for the ocean — and we will be there to assist the turtles in their quest. We were lucky enough to hold in our hands one of the earliest hatchlings who made the dash — and we named him Jairo!
Victory for Australia's Sharks!
EPA Shuts Down Shark Cull Program; Agrees Shark Cull is Environmentally Unacceptable
Drum lines will not be deployed off Western Australia (WA) beaches this summer after the state's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advised against extending the government's controversial catch-and-kill shark policy.
The regulator's chairman, Paul Vogel said the available information and evidence do not provide the organization with a high level of confidence.
Premier Colin Barnett said the recommendation meant that drum lines would not be in place off the WA coast this summer.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s WA Shark Campaigner, Natalie Banks stated, “This is a tremendous victory for the people that understand the vital and important role sharks play in the health of our oceans. Finally their voices have been heard all over the globe.”
Managing Director for Sea Shepherd Australia, Jeff Hansen stated, “The EPA should be congratulated for listening to the people, listening to the science and giving sharks and future generations the respect they deserve. The world’s children need healthy oceans and in order to be healthy, oceans need sharks.”
The WA Government should be acknowledged and encouraged to continue with their other alternatives, to pursue life-saving shark mitigation techniques that do not kill marine life.
The WA shark cull caught a total of 172 sharks over the three-month trial, with the majority of these being tiger sharks. 50 tiger sharks of breeding size (mostly female) were shot and dumped out to sea. Tiger sharks only reproduce every few years and only a small number of their pups survive to maturity. The majority of the so-called “alive-released” sharks were in such a poor state that their chances of survival were slim to none. The WA Government had applied for a three-year extension of the cull.
Hawaii tried culling sharks for 18 years and it made no difference in terms of shark-related incidents.
Sea Shepherd Australia would like to congratulate and acknowledge supporters, the general community, the “No WA Shark Cull” movement, the shark scientists, the Greens, Labor, Animal Justice Party and select Liberal Members, and the numerous conservation groups that kept the pressure and the focus on ensuring that in the end, logic, public opinion, science and common sense would prevail for our oceans.
Sea Shepherd Australia is now urging the Honorable Greg Hunt, Federal Environment Minister, to listen to the public and to listen to the science and put forth shark mitigation strategies that protect human safety without killing marine life.
“To know that we can look out to iconic, world-renowned and beautiful places like Cottesloe Beach and not see drum lines this summer is a wonderful feeling. What we have off the Western Australian coast is nature on a grand scale, and in today’s world, this is rare and unique and should be celebrated,” stated Jeff Hansen.
Sea Shepherd Australia would love to have a dialogue with the West Australian state government to collaborate on alternatives that actually assist with beachgoers safety, without killing our marine life or making our beaches less safe, as the drum lines did.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s Operation APEX Harmony is committed to seeing an end to drum lines and nets around Australia’s coast that merely provide a false sense of security by killing thousands of marine animals, including whales and dolphins. It’s 2014 and these archaic, indiscriminate killers should be taken out of the sea and replaced, where there is a demand, with non-lethal alternatives.
“We had no choice but to take this challenge on for the sharks, especially when drum lines were placed basically right in front of our offices. No matter how hard this fight got, no matter how tired we became, we could never give up because the alternative was to do nothing. To do nothing would mean the continued destruction of our world’s oceans — and to quote Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson, the one thing worth fighting for on this planet is life!,” said Jeff Hansen.
Ross McCall Arrives in the Faroes to Join Operation GrindStop 2014
Actor Ross McCall, star of acclaimed television series, “24: Live Another Day,” “White Collar,” and “Band of Brothers,” arrived in the Faroe Islands last night to join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s pilot whale defense campaign, Operation GrindStop 2014.
McCall was greeted at Vágar Airport by Sea Shepherd volunteers who are thrilled to have the Scottish actor join the campaign, helping to shine an international spotlight on the brutal mass slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans, known as “grindadrap” or the “grind.”
Though he must return to his busy schedule of filming on Thursday, McCall will make the most of his brief visit to the Faroe Islands — including joining the Sea Shepherd crew to patrol land and sea for pilot whales and any sight of a possible grind, and visiting a Faroese school to speak to local teenagers about the importance of protecting our ocean ecosystems and the wildlife within them. Earlier today, he patrolled on Sea Shepherd’s fast scout vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, and engaged in a healthy debate with the Chairman of the local Whaler’s Association.
McCall lives in America but was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He returned home to Glasgow this past weekend to play in the Celtic Football Club’s Maestrio Charity Football Match, a dream come true for the long-time football fan.
Verdict Handed Down Today in Faroese Court for Six Sea Shepherd Volunteers Who Attempted to Prevent Slaughter of Pilot Whales
Sea Shepherd Issues Statement & Supporter Martin Sheen Speaks Out
Volunteers from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s pilot whale defense campaign Operation GrindStop 2014 appeared before a court in the Faroe Islands on Monday following their recent arrest in conjunction with trying to prevent the murder of pilot whales. These volunteer crewmembers - many of whom are European citizens - have been found guilty of defending the whales, while Denmark has acted in blatant defiance of European Union regulations by defending the slaughter of whales. Sea Shepherd has issued a statement pertaining to the verdicts and supporter and actor Martin Sheen is speaking out.
The six members of Sea Shepherd’s onshore team were among a total of 14 volunteers arrested on August 30 on the Faroese island of Sandoy for attempting to protect 33 pilot whales from the brutal mass slaughter known as “grindadrap” or the “grind.” The onshore crewmembers entered the water, banging poles, in an attempt to lead the pilot whales back out to sea and out of danger, but as the pod was driven in quickly from close to shore, there was little time to prevent the slaughter. The Royal Danish Navy arrested Sea Shepherd’s offshore crew and seized three of their small boats – the Loki, the Mike Galesi, and the B.S. Sheen (sponsored by actor Charlie Sheen). Despite being an anti-whaling EU member nation, Denmark acted in collaboration with the whalers, enabling 33 whales to be killed.
The onshore crewmembers face small fines as well as possible deportation from the Faroes by Denmark. The court date for the eight members of the offshore crew has been scheduled for September 25, and Sea Shepherd’s three small boats will be held “as evidence” until that time.
Sea Shepherd supporter actor Martin Sheen had this to say about the recent events in the Faroes:
"What is happening in the Faroe Islands is outrageous. Why is Denmark, an anti-whaling EU member nation, supporting the killing of whales with their Navy?”
"The brave men and women standing up against the slaughter of whales in the Danish Faroe Islands should be commended for their selfless dedication and courage."
Statement from Sea Shepherd abouttoday’s verdict from the Faroese court re: the intervention of our Operation GrindStop 2014 crew members in a grind:
“Sea Shepherd is very proud that the six brave crew members who intervened to try to stop the grind on Saturday, August 30 in the Faroe Islands have been found guilty of trying to protect pilot whales. Our mission is to defend marine wildlife and their habitats and we commend these individuals for attempting to stand between the killers and the whales to try to save lives and to bring worldwide attention to these archaic and cruel hunts.
Last year, nearly 1,200 defenseless cetaceans were mercilessly killed in grinds when Sea Shepherd was not in the Faroes. This year, the death toll has been 51 — 33 in a grind, 5 who beached themselves, and 13 early in the season who were killed prior to Sea Shepherd arriving on the scene. While every life taken is a loss to our oceans, there is no denying that the presence of Operation GrindStop 2014 is making a positive difference in the lives of our clients, and that is always our number one goal.
The Faroese court is asking for fines (approximately $1,200 for all six individuals of the land team; eight members of the boat team will be sentenced September 25) and a request for deportation has been sent to Denmark. The fines will not be paid because our crewmembers will not acknowledge that attempting to prevent murder is a crime. Four of the six volunteers charged were already slated to leave the Faroes on a specific date prior to this incident, so now just two remain who could be deported — Maggie Gschnitzer of Italy and Sergio Toribio of Spain. We are eager to see how Denmark will attempt to deport Europeans from Europe.
We encourage our supporters worldwide — and especially citizens of Europe — to contact the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask them to drop the charges in this case. Be sure to ask them why, as a member of the anti-whaling European Union, they are aiding and abetting the Faroese in killing whales and how they intend to deport Europeans from Europe for defending whales in accordance with European regulations that prohibit whaling. Emails can be sent to the Danish Foreign Ministry at email@example.com.”
Sea Shepherd also encourages our supporters in the United States to contact the Danish Embassy and consulates and ask that Denmark drop the charges, associated with such small fines, against our peaceful volunteers.
In the United States, please contact:
The Embassy of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington DC 20008-3683
Phone: (202) 234-4300
For a list of Danish embassies and consulates around the world, please visit: Embassies of Denmark.
For more information on how to help, please read Sea Shepherd’s CALL TO ACTION for our supporters in the EU and worldwide: Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Arrested For Intervening Against Brutal Faroese Pilot Whale ‘Grind’ Hunt. Sea Shepherd is also seeking additional volunteers to join the team in the Faroe Islands for the last month of campaign. The deadline for campaign applications is in just two days on September 10th at 5 pm EST. Anyone interested in volunteering should complete and submit the application found at this link: Grindstop 2014 On-Shore Crew Application.
Charge: Disturbing public order. Verdict: All 6 guilty
Charge: Hindering the hunt of pilot whales: Verdict: All 6 guilty
Charge: Ignoring police orders to leave the area. Verdict: 3 guilty (Sergio, Rodrigio and Alexandra) and 3 not guilty (Nikki, Maggie and Monique who were in the water)
1) 1000kr each, which neither our volunteers nor Sea Shepherd intend to pay so as not to acknowledge in any way any legitimacy to this horrendous slaughter;
2) Deportation of all six (four have already departed on their own because their assignments had concluded). A decision on deportation is expected Wednesday.
Ross McCall to Join Sea Shepherd on Operation GrindStop 2014
TV actor plans to join the crew in the Faroe Islands to help defend pilot whales
Popular actor and television star, Ross McCall, known for his roles in the acclaimed TV series, “24: Live Another Day,” “White Collar,” and “Band of Brothers,” will soon be joining marine conservation non-profit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the remote Faroe Islands to assist with its pilot whale defense campaign, Operation GrindStop 2014.
Always thinking about giving back in the wake of the successful acting career he has enjoyed, McCall will be joining Sea Shepherd’s multi-national volunteer teams that have traveled to the Faroe Islands (in the North Atlantic between the UK and Iceland) since mid-June of this summer during the height of pilot whale migration season to work onshore and offshore to try to stop the very cruel and archaic whale drive hunt in the Faroes, called the ‘grindadrap’ or ‘grind,’ where entire pods of intelligent and sentient pilot whales are herded into shallow bays and hacked to death with knives – taking several generations of whales from the sea at a time.
McCall joins the campaign as Operation GrindStop 2014 successfully sparks worldwide outcry against the slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands. Last Saturday, August 30, after an entire summer of no grind activity since Sea Shepherd arrived on the scene 85 days prior, the day’s events sparked an international incident and global media attention when the local Faroese whalers drove a pod of 33 migrating pilot whales to shore and slaughtered them, despite Sea Shepherd’s dedicated attempts to intervene by land and by sea. All 14 of the activists on the island of Sandoy who intervened were arrested and 3 of their speedboats were seized and remain in custody. The “Faroes 14,” as the activists have been dubbed, have since been released and a sentence of 1,000 kr in fines and deportation is being proposed for each member of the land team (the boat team appears in court Sept. 25). A decision for the land team is due Monday, September 8. Operation GrindStop 2014 is expected to continue until Oct. 1.
Before traveling to the Faroe Islands, the 38-year-old Scottish native son will be returning home to Glasgow on Sunday, Sept. 7 to fulfill a long-time dream. The star of cult classic football movie “Green Street Hooligans,” also a huge Celtic Football Club fan, will play in the Celtic Football Club’s Maestrio Charity Football Match at Paradise. McCall will lend his celebrity to this charity match to raise money for the charitable arm of the team, the Celtic FC Foundation.
Earlier this year, the actor took time away from his busy schedule to deliver a collection of Celtic strips to the Casa Hogar of Sion Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, which was donated by the Celtic FC Foundation. Impressed by the work the Foundation does, McCall says raising money to support their vital work will only add to his enjoyment of the match on Sunday.
McCall will arrive in the Faroes late Monday and will join the Sea Shepherd crew on their patrols on Tuesday and Wednesday. Though he must leave on Thursday, Sept. 11 to get back to his busy filming schedule, he plans to pack a lot of activity into his brief visit. In addition to joining Sea Shepherd’s land and boat teams on patrols, McCall will visit a local school to speak with children about the importance of protecting our oceans. If time allows, who knows — he may even organize a football match between Sea Shepherd and the local Faroese, whom he has heard are as crazy as he is about football.