Sea Shepherd’s flagship The Steve Irwin in Byron this Friday

Sunset viewed from the bow of the M/Y Steve Irwin enroute to Syndey on Operation Reef Defence to Stop Adani. Photo: Tara Lambourne/ Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd’s flagship the M/Y Steve Irwin is arriving in Byron Bay this Friday July 27 as it takes the journey north to defend the Great Barrier Reef from threats posed by the Adani coal mine.

The question that is being asked is coal or coral? While any pre-school child already knows the answer to this simple question it appears our governments, both state and federal, continue to struggle.

The Steve Irwin now ‘has a new mission to stop the Adani coal mine,’ said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia.

Adani’s plans to send hundreds of massive coal ships right through the UNESCO Great Barrier Reef, will have a catastrophic impact on Australia’s whales that call the reef home, in terms of noise pollution and potential ship strike.

‘The Carmichael Adani coal mine; rail link and coal port, poses serious threats to Australia’s much loved natural Icon, the Great Barrier Reef. This natural world wonder is made up of thousands of reefs, hundreds of islands and over 600 types of corals. This World Heritage area is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus endangered turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. If we can not save the Great Barrier Reef, what can we save?’ stated Mr Hansen.

The Sea Shepherd will be holding a press conference at the Byron Lighthouse at 1pm with Greens MP Tamara Smith and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson this Friday if you would like to hear more about their mission.

2 responses to “Sea Shepherd’s flagship The Steve Irwin in Byron this Friday”

  1. Ah hah! I heard it on the grape-vine. And the ‘lighthouse’ is a fine symbol.
    See you at Byron.

  2. rusty miller says:

    yeah Sea Shepard !
    Good on you all for such great honourable efforts..

    I am in the USA now which is become a full on example of all the directions Australians should not take..

    We are so lucky to have such an example though i would not wish such sacrilege of a democratic system upon anyone …

    Trump has become the acting Emperor …. has neutralised the Environmental Protection Agency so they can mine at will and also the coal companies can not worry about restricting rules and regs….

    today he subtracts security clearance from people who do not agree with him..
    its becoming more purposely twisted and Fascist every day.. with this rate of flow of propaganda I feel the future could entail a calling in of some form of marshal law. This is how serious it is evolving to here.

    Stopping Adani is an essential and symbolic stand against the growing global tide of authoritarianism.

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