Vanguard of the Oceans: Sea Shepherd’s Partnership with Namibia

In April Sea Shepherd launched Operation Vanguard, our first campaign in partnership with Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) compliance officials with the goal of stopping illegal and foreign industrial factory trawlers suspected to have targeted horse mackerel in Namibia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Sea Shepherd’s M/Y Ocean Warrior, under the command of Sea Shepherd Volunteer Admiral Giuseppe de Giorgi (Ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy (2013-2016), started patrolling the northern waters of Namibia on April 26th under the direction of the Namibian Law Enforcement Officers (comprised of fisheries inspectors and police officers) to stop incursions by large foreign industrial factory trawlers that have been crossing the northern maritime border into Namibia to poach horse mackerel.

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