Please sign the petitions, send mails and share at facebook to help to free Captain Paul Watson! He is helping the oceans for many years, now he needs our help!

In shocking news, German officials have decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica.  Our last hope of saving Captain Watson from extradition is to convince German officials at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to step in and overturn their decision.  Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany.  Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government.  With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica.

Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications)

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Federal Minister of Justice
Deutscher Bundestag
Platz der Republik
11011 Berlin

Telephone 0049 30 227 751 62
Fax 0049 30 227 764 02

Please comment on her facebookside:


Federal Ministry of Justice
Mohrenstrasse 37
10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 30 18 580-9525


Dr. Guido Westerwelle
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin

Tel.: 0049 30 22771636
Fax: 0049 30 22776562

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Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck:


Sample Letter:

Dear Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,

I was very concerned to hear that Germany has detained Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson for possible extradition to Costa Rica. I understand that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and possibly due to an incident in which Sea Shepherd uncovered an illegal shark finning operation.

I support Sea Shepherd's efforts to monitor and publicise illegal fishing and whaling around the world and recognize that some illegal fishing operations try to use international law to shut down the Sea Shepherd operations. I urge you to consider the valuable work Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd are undertaking globally to highlight the dangers to our oceans in considering this extradition request.


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  • Can I request an update on the status on all this? pradtf posted that he has a new ship, but what happened with all the politics?

    • hi jelle!

      as you may know paul forfeited bail.

      no one seemed too concerned and a few months later he received the jules verne award.

      then there was this petition to not have the usa extradite paul.

      sscs has been going strong regardless as you can see from their site.

      perhaps someone else has more info on this.

      in friendship,


      • Hi prad, thank you, one of the question and answers links explained it nicely, to bad the accusations weren’t dropped or handled, basically the situation is still the same and can happen again.

        • ya it can happen again, but as with many of these things it takes time, effort and money. many politicians don't want to risk their reputations going after someone like paul especially since he has such worldwide support. doing it once is fine, but since that got nowhere, we can hope, that such foolishness won't be repeated.

          in friendship,


  • this item sent to me by tricia.

    not only is paul back in action - he's got a new ship ... and there is an amusing irony to the latter too!

    in friendship,



    Operation Zero Tolerance objective: intercept and intervene against the intent of the Japanese whaling fleet to murder 1,035 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. So far this campaign is on target. The Japanese whaling fleet remains in the Inland Sea of Japan and still has not left. This is the latest they have ever left and we do not expect them in the Southern Ocean until early January. The whalers are well aware that we can intercept them prior to their arrival in the Southern Ocean.

    There is absolutely no chance that a whale will be slain in December. Now we need to focus on making January a whaling-free month. This is our most expensive and daring campaign of the year! Please stand with Sea Shepherd and make a donation to support our efforts in the Southern Ocean and around the world.

    Introducing the SSS Sam Simon
    No, that's not a Japanese research vessel (anymore) — it's the newest addition to Neptune's Navy, the SSS Sam Simon!

    This ship was generously purchased for Sea Shepherd by Los Angeles-based philanthropist and co-creator of TV's "The Simpsons," Mr. Sam Simon. It is an ice-strengthened steel vessel that was retired from service by the Japanese Government in 2010 and recently purchased covertly from the Japanese government for use in Sea Shepherd campaigns. Her maiden voyage will be Operation Zero Tolerance!

    Learn more about our new vessel...

    Our Fearless Captain Has Returned!
    Just in time to celebrate the sweetest birthday gift of all by rejoining his crew, Captain Paul Watson is once again in his rightful place on board our flagship vessel, the SSS Steve Irwin, and in command of Sea Shepherd’s fleet.

    It’s been four long months of trying to stay one step ahead of politically motivated attacks from the Japanese government, but Captain Watson has finally joined Operation Zero Tolerance, where he will remain in command for the duration of the campaign. Sea Shepherd is poised to help make this Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign the most successful in our history by shutting the whaling fleet down before they can kill a single whale.

    Get the details on Captain Watson’s odyssey…

    Ready, Set, GO-Z-T!
    Operation Zero Tolerance is underway! Support continues to come in from around the world from like-minded and kind-hearted individuals like you who understand Sea Shepherd and its vital mission of defending the great whales in an established whale sanctuary.

    Thanks to all of you who have already given so generously to fuel and stock our ships. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to donate, please do so today so we can reach our goal of sending the whalers home before they can kill a single whale. We’re making it easy to give by extending our $9 campaign.

    Can you spare $9 (or any amount) to help save the life of a whale? Read how you can help…

    • Great news! 

  • this from sscs via activist sue hirsch:

    A lot is going on at Sea Shepherd! We have multiple campaigns running right now, and we are gearing up for this year's Cove Guardian Campaign and Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. In addition, Captain Watson is in an undisclosed location to assure his safety from the corruption from Japan and Costa Rica being facilitated by Germany. We have more on this below, but we want to assure you that, regardless of what you see in other media reports, there are no new warrants out for Captain Watson's arrest as a result of his departure from Germany. He did forfeit his bail and leave Germany, but this is not illegal in that country and German officials are not searching for him.


    in friendship,


  • watson escapes germany:

    Attorney for Captain Paul Watson Confirms the Activist has Departed...

    text below.

    in friendship,



    July 25, 2012

    Attorney for Captain Paul Watson Confirms the Activist has Departed Germany

    Sea Shepherd Has Learned Japan May Also Be Seeking To Extradite Watson

    news_120725_1_1_BV_PaulWatson_portrait_2_9635After three days of speculation surrounding his whereabouts, German legal counsel for Captain Paul Watson has confirmed the marine conservationist has departed Germany and is in an undisclosed location.

    “Captain Watson’s attorney reports he has left Germany,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director of Sea Shepherd. We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese Government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We have no further information and are not in touch with him. We will do our best to provide more details as we learn more. We will post any new information as it arrives and we are able to confirm its validity."

    Captain Watson had been detained in Germany for 70 days despite thousands of letters of support sent to the German Ministry of Justice from the public, celebrities, politicians and other luminaries arguing for his release. He was arrested in Frankfurt on May 13th on a 10-year-old warrant from Costa Rica while en route to Cannes, France. He was being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for an alleged “violation of ships’ traffic,” which occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.” The specific incident took place on the high seas in Guatemalan waters, when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark-finning operation run by Costa Rican vessel, the Varadero. On order of Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark-finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew. To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica, where the crew uncovered even more illegal shark-finning activities in the form of dried shark fins by the thousands on the roofs of industrial buildings.

    Please continue to check our website for additional updates.

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