Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Siracusa 2018: Busting Poachers

Sea Shepherd Italy’s Operation Siracusa launched its 2018 campaign with the announcement of the arrest of poachers in the Plemmirio Marine Park.

At the first light of dawn on July 23rd, the Sea Shepherd volunteers patrolling the Plemmirio Protected Area spotted two scuba divers who were illegally capturing sea urchins inside the reserve’s Area B. The Port Authority intervened promptly and, in addition to the prescribed sanction, seized the poachers’ equipment. The Coast Guard intervened to locate the hidden sea urchins with the help of the Sea Shepherd volunteers, releasing all 1000 of them back inside the Marine Protected Area.

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