Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson Arrested In Frankfurt

by Nellie J

Once again Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson is making headlines across the globe as he is arrested on attempted murder charges! The alleged incident occurred during the filming of “Sharkwater” back in 2002.

Reports from around the conservationist world say that the charges will be dropped or indeed already have been dropped. Nobody is able to confirm the status of the charges as of yet.

The documentary Sharkwater was made to highlight the activities of shark finning and to raise awareness regarding the barbaric practice.

Paul Watson making headlines for the oceans!Captain Paul Watson was arrested yesterday in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica.  The German police have said that the warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest is in response to an alleged violation of ships traffic in Costa Rica, which occurred during the filming of Sharkwater in 2002.  The specific “violation of ships traffic” incident took place on the high seas in Guatemalan waters, when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark finning operation, run by a Costa Rican ship called the Varadero.

On order of the Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted.  While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew.

The crew of the Varadero accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them, while the video evidence proves this to be a fallacy.  To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica, where they uncovered even more illegal shark finning activities in the form of dried shark fins by the thousands on the roofs of industrial buildings.

Conservationists around the world maintain hope that the Costa Ricans will drop the charges against Captain Watson.  There is also a chance that the charges have already been dropped, but Sea Shepherd has been unable to confirm that with the Costa Rican officials. With Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity, it would be a travesty for them not to stand up for sharks, which sit at the highest levels of the food chain assuring balance among ecological communities in the ocean.

Source: Sea Shepherd

Our full support goes out to Captain Paul Watson as he and the team at Sea Shepherd continue to risk everything to help save our oceans.

Shark finning continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry and little is being done to stop this barbaric practice. Do you think that the Sea Shepherds efforts are justified?

Are you aware that millions of sharks are slaughtered every year to provide shark fin soup to the tables of elegant banquets through out the world?

Is enough being done to stop shark finning and ensure the safety of this top ocean predator?

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