Operation Albacore

Our fourth campaign to stop illegal fishing in Gabon, West Africa

Operation Albacore IV
A successful partnership to protect Africa's Eden.

In 2016, Sea Shepherd partnered with the government of Gabon to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in their coastal waters. São Tomé and Principe soon joined the campaign, resulting in the arrest of five ships operating illegally in the Gulf of Guinea. Sea Shepherd continued the campaign protecting their coastal waters in 2017 and 2018 with the arrest of five illegal trawlers and a longliner, as well as another vessel busted for shark-finning. In 2019, Sea Shepherd is back to resume patrols with Gabonese authorities of Africa's largest marine protected area.

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Illegal Fishers with Dead Baby Sharks Arrested in Nighttime Raid

September 30, 2019 - On the 19th of September, armed Gabonese law enforcement agents who were working on board the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker stormed the Congolese-flagged Tchilassi in a nighttime raid as it illegally set its purse seine fishing net in the protected waters of Mayumba National Park on the border between Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville, off the coast of Central West Africa. 

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