Blue Seals is delighted to announce the collaboration with WASC – who are doing some exciting work for the conservation of sharks in Western Australia.

Campaign "NO MOORE"!
  • Campaign is currently underway
  • Collaborative campaign between WASC & Sharks For Life
  • Aimed at bringing the Western Australian State Government to abolish the "Imminent Threat" policy and recommendations of other solutions and policy to replace the existing one
  • Highlights W.A State government violations of United Nations and Australian Laws, Conventions and Treaties. Encouraging international pressure on Federal and State Governments
  • Phase One: A 15 page report to both Federal and State Governments. Report includes expertise and analysis from the world's leading Great White shark experts and scientists
Educational Campaign:
  • To commence in July 2013
  • Education/curriculum packages will be sent to interested schools, clubs and associations for review and approval
  • Education packages are being created for both Primary and High Schools
  • Education will include the evolutionary history of sharks with focus on their role within the marine ecosystem. Students will learn to identify different species of sharks, the history of sharks, role of sharks in the world's oceans and eco-systems, modern day plight of sharks, realistic shark risk analysis and risk prevention measures. Big focus on the acceptance of risk in regard to possible shark/human interaction
  • The main message that will be communicated: Of all the circa 450 shark species in the world, only a handful are a threat to humans. Students will also learn that Long-Lining and Shark Finning are the biggest threats to their survival – whereby currently over 75 million to 100 million sharks are killed every year from shark-finning alone. This figure has even been estimated as being possibly as high as 104 million per year!
  • Educational talks will be given by WASC founder, Vice President and local marine experts and biologists. The presentations will be interactive with 'Touch and Feel' opportunities, such as of a real Megalodon fossil and other shark artifacts.
Campaign "Fish For The Future"
  • A campaign aimed to prosecute, expose and shame recreational fishermen killing shark species caught at local jetties
  • Particular emphasis on the mistreatment of protected (in excess of 700mm inter dorsal length or 1.8m total length) size whaler sharks.
  • It is hoped that through utilization of media we can force an increased fisheries officer presence at this location. We also will be campaigning for local government funding to install electronic surveillance equipment on the jetties. This is in the interest of public safety and in the interest of minimising occurrences of automotive theft and vandalism – and this will also assist with the evidence to prosecute fishermen in regards to shark fatalities
Fin Free W.A
  • This campaign has a defined objective to: End the sale of shark fin soup and shark products in Perth
  • The identification and shame of retail and restaurant outlets who sell shark products
  • The non-aggressive but very effective method of financially impeding restaurants who serve Shark Fin Soup. This is done by making a large booking - and then getting the group to walk out of the restaurant once the presence of Shark Fin Soup has been communicated to them. This should get the message across!
We would love to hear from all enthusiastic people who would like to volunteer! Please contact us on: enquiries@wascgroup.com
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LONGLINING WITHIN AUSTRALIA WATERS

A longline is a fishing line usually made of monofilament. The length of the line generally ranges from 1.6km to as long as 100km. The line is buoyed by styrofoam or plastic floats. Every 20m or 30m, there is a secondary line attached extending down about 5m. This secondary line is hooked and baited with squid, fish, or in some cases discovered, with fresh dolphin meat. The lines are set adrift from vessels for a period of 12 to 24 hours.

Longlines are set to capture valuable fish sold at market being mainly tuna and swordfish. However, longlines are indiscriminate and also catch hundreds of other species as incidental catch. Other forms of marine wildlife such as endangered turtles, sunfish and precious sharks see the bait from the waters below and get hooked when they try to eat the bait.

The baited hooks can also be seen by albatross from the air and when they dive on the hooks, they are caught and they drown. As many as 100 million hooks a year are set by the Japanese fleet alone in the Southern bluefin tuna fishery. Tens of thousands of birds are being killed annually.

Some bird deterrents are placed on longlines to reduce the incidental catch of seabirds, however longlines continue to kill marine life at alarming rates within Australian waters. Fish should only be caught with one hook, line and sinker and the destructive practice of longlining needs to be banned immediately


Blue Seals have designed a postcard for the public to be able to communicate to the Environment Minister that Long Lining needs to be Outlawed. Long Lining is needlessly killing precious marine life and is destroying the health of our oceans and it is the Australian Government that needs to implement laws to end this highly destructive practice.

The campaign also assists in promoting Blue Starfish - a newly established organisation in Bondi which aims to make Bondi the first Sustainable Seafood suburb….and gets people thinking about how and where their seafood has been caught.

Postcards will be distributed at stalls and delivered to people's homes around the Bondi area. If you would like to help us and get signed postcards - we'd be delighted to send you out a handful in the post today!

Once we have over 2,000 signed postcards we will be personally delivering the message to the Environmental Minister, Tony Burke that Long Lining needs to be Outlawed in Australian Waters immediately!



Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The BP Disaster is now the worst oil spill in our nation's history and everyday the destruction continues. Neither BP nor the government know how much oil has been spilled in the Gulf and their estimates continue to get worse. Meanwhile, the oil's impacts are just beginning to be felt. Untold thousands of marine animals have died and over a quarter of the Gulf of Mexico has now been contaminated. It is not known whether local populations of fish, shrimp, birds and sea turtles will ever recover.

The Blue Seals' team will be conducting ground and aerial reconnaissance of the spill in an urgent effort to help raise awareness of this growing national marine crisis. In addition, the Blue Seals are now working to transport life-saving equipment from Europe to aid in the protection of the gulf's fragile estuaries and bays.

A long-time collaborator of Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (made famous by Animal Planet's "Whale Wars"), the Blue Seals intend to film and photograph the devastation to raise public awareness about the scope of the disaster and to encourage individuals to take action.

The Blue Seals is a non-profit organization founded with the belief that healthy oceans and the environmental services they provide to our planet are fundamental to our collective survival. The Blue Seals is an active network spread out across the globe that brings together conservation activists, international philanthropists, and Hollywood personalities.

The Blue Seals' mission in the Gulf of Mexico marks the first time in history that this newly-formed team will take their training into the air and sea in a courageous effort to help raise awareness about the horrific toll that crude oil can have on critically-important marine ecosystems.

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