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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Sea Shepherd Returns to Patrol Africa’s Largest Marine Protected Area

July 10, 2019 - Two years after Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba declared the creation of nine new national marine parks and 11 new aquatic reserves at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York, Sea Shepherd has committed to another three years of assisting the Gabonese government in the combat against illegal fishing through at-sea patrols in Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas. The M/Y Bob Barker has started patrols for Operation Albacore IV.

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