Operation Guardian Coastal Defense
In a joint operation in partnership with the government of The Gambia to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa, Sea Shepherd crew worked together with law enforcement agents representing the Gambian Department of Fisheries and The Gambia Navy on board the Sea Shepherd vessel Sam Simon to arrest two industrial trawlers for a number of fisheries offenses.
Step inside this Little Ship of Labor Horrors
On the 27th of August, Gambian fisheries inspectors and The Gambia Navy – supported by Sea Shepherd crew on board the M/Y Sam Simon – arrested the F/V Victory 205, a trawler with several documented cases of illegal fishing in a Special Management Area reserved for artisanal fishermen in The Gambia, West Africa. Gambian law enforcement agents also uncovered some of the worst living conditions that I’ve come across while assisting African coastal States with boardings and inspections at sea.