The Red Notice has been sent to 190 nations to be on the lookout for the fugitive marine conservationist, who skipped bail after having been detained in Germany in late July. Mr. Watson's first Red Notice was issued in August at the request of Costa Rica, following Mr. Watson’s arrest in Frankfurt over an incident involving a shark fining vessel. Sea Shepherd insisted the orders had come from Japan, who offered Costa Rica a lavish bounty for the Captain.
In a recent release, Paul Watson, who is believed to be hiding at sea, addressed his fandom and media around the world, saying “It is nice to be wanted I suppose, and now it is not just Costa Rica that wants to bring me to their country for the ‘crime’ of saving sharks. On Friday, Japan officially demanded my arrest for the ‘crime’ of saving whales.”
The charges in question concern the 2010 incident in the Antarctic, when the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru 2 rammed and destroyed the 1.5 million-dollar vessel the Ady Gil, hired by Sea Shepherd in a time of need for a fast scout boat.
In response to the ramming of the Ady Gil, the captain of the Ady Gil boarded the Shonan Maru 2 to demand that the Japanese captain take responsibility for the destruction of his vessel. In his article, Mr. Watson claimed the captain of Ady Gil had never acted on his orders and later tried to shift the blame for the decision to board Shonan Maru 2 on Watson to get away with a suspended sentence. “That was the deal made between him and the Japanese authorities,” Mr. Watson argued in his open letter, “and in return for his freedom he delivered me to them.”
Meanwhile, Sea Shepherd is on its vigil to protect the marine wildlife of the Pacific Ocean. Its trimaran Brigitte Bardot was allegedly ordered by the Japanese authorities to leave Fiji shores on Tuesday.
The vessel’s captain, Siddharth Giakravarty, said the ship was boarded by naval and Immigration officials who then told him it was no longer allowed in Fiji waters.
Fiji is a Japanese island where much of the notorious dolphin slaughter takes place. Each year from September to May over 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered by Japanese fishermen, who round them up by the hundreds and herd them into hidden lagoons, where some are picked out for marine mammal parks and the rest are killed off.
Melissa Sehgal, a medium specializing in animal spirit communication and a Sea Shepherd activist, tweeted on the dolphin massacre in Fiji: “Dolphin killers managed to kill dolphins today. We were informed no hunting today, but skiff just transferred dead dolphins under tarp.” “3 killing boats returned from sea as dolphins were quietly unloaded thru the death door of a butcher house.”
The West Australian, Sea Shepherd, The Fiji Times, Oceanic Preservation Society