Operation Sola Stella

Sea Shepherd combats illegal fishing in Liberia, West Africa

Operation Sola Stella
A partnership to combat illegal fishing in Liberia

In February 2017, Sea Shepherd Global launched a campaign in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the West African coastal waters of Liberia. The campaign has been named Operation Sola Stella, which is Latin for ‘Lone Star’, the motto for the Republic of Liberia. 

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Assisting Liberia in the fight against IUU fishing

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing, which accounts for up to 40% of the fish caught in West African waters. The resources of the Liberian Coast Guard to monitor, control and surveil all of Liberia’s sovereign waters are stretched. Sea Shepherd's mission is to assist them in identifying and arresting the unlicensed foreign industrial vessels operating in its waters, and to protect the six nautical miles closest to shore reserved for subsistence, artisanal and semi-artisanal fishing, an industry which employs 33,000 Liberians. 

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Notorious Toothfish Poacher Arrested

March 13th, 2018 - A notorious Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish poaching vessel, famous for plundering the Antarctic, was arrested in waters belonging to the West African state of Liberia by the Liberian Coast Guard, with assistance from Sea Shepherd. The F/V Hai Lung, known to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) by its previous name ‘Kily’, was transiting through Liberian waters when it was boarded and inspected by a Liberian Coast Guard team working alongside Sea Shepherd crew on board Sea Shepherd’s patrol vessel M/Y Sam Simon.

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