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PROTECTING THE PROTECTORATE

MY Golfo Azzurro
HDMS Triton F358



HDMS Thetis Class frigate

Thetis Class frigate Navigation Bridge

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) really keeps one supplied with material. This morning the NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder and various e-mails brought more news. For the last month the SSCS has had an undercover ship operating off the Faeroe Islands. Named the MS Golfo Azzuro she been engaged in "covert surveillance operations in the Danish Protectorate of the Faeroe Islands" as the SSCS Press Release states. It appears that in addition to having personnel ashore in the Islands they had the ship operating at sea through funding from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. Yesterday they were exposed, boarded and searched by the Danish Police and are currently under escort by the Danish Navy. Denmark's Thetis Class frigate HDMS Triton F358 is assigned to monitor their actions as this vessel patrols Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.

It should be pointed out that the whale killing is in violation of the Berne Convention which Denmark has signed. As a signatory Denmark should prevent her Protectorate from hunting and killing whales. For whatever reason Denmark has chosen not to do so.

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