/EIN Presswire/ January 26, 2010

To Interview Captain Paul Watson on board the Steve Irwin
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Steve Irwin Returning to Fremantle January 28th

WHERE: Victoria Quay, C-Berth, Fremantle, Australia
WHEN: estimate 0700-0730, Thursday, January 28
WHY: The Steve Irwin returns to port to refuel, re-provision
WHO: Captain Paul Watson and crew, including the crew of the Ady Gil
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The Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin will arrive back in Fremantle on Thursday, January 28th, to make emergency helicopter repairs, refuel, re-provision, and drop off rescued crew from the Sea Shepherd ship Ady Gil, which sank after being deliberately rammed and cut in two by the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2.

The Steve Irwin is expected to turn around within 48 hours to return in pursuit of the Japanese whaling fleet along the coast of Antarctica.

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker continues to pursue the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic. With two Sea Shepherd ships, the whaling fleet can be kept on the run by one vessel while the other resupplies.

Captain Pete Bethune of the Ady Gil will be returning to the campaign as an officer onboard the Steve Irwin. Four of the six Ady Gil crew will disembark from the Steve Irwin in Fremantle.

“There is nothing that is easy about this campaign this year,” said Captain Paul Watson. “The supply lines are long, the hunting area is vast, hostile and remote, and this year the Japanese are more violently aggressive than any year before. Despite these obstacles, I am confident that we will once again be able to diminish kill quotas and that we will be able to save the lives of hundreds of whales.”


About Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an International non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protects ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Founder and President Captain Paul Watson, is a renowned, respected leader in environmental issues. Visit www.seashepherd.org for more information.