The objective of 'Operation Driftnet' is to locate the Fu Yuan Yu fleet, document and gather evidence of their illegal activity, disrupt their operations and confiscate their illegal driftnets.

Through direct action, the crew of the Steve Irwin will be able to shut down these illegal operations and draw attention to the resurgence of large-scale industrial drift netting vessels on the high seas.

Crew of the Steve Irwin retrieve an illegal driftnet.


The high seas are areas that are governed by various international rules, regulations and agreements. However, in the absence of proactive enforcement, illegal fishing can thrive in these isolated and distant waters.

Sea Shepherd's role is to expose, confront and shut down illegal fishing operations on the world's oceans.