International Marine Mammal Conservation Society

Whaling Operators Around The World Can Be Stopped In Less Than 7 Minutes From Detection By A Future Advanced Fleet

When the Faroese and Japanese whalers made intervention difficult for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to the point intervention was not undertaken (at least in recent years), we decided that it was time to get real creative to take on the fight ourselves - and that didn't mean anything simple by any stretch of the imagination. We had to come up with the ultimate enforcement ship, tactics and tools that can manage or if needed could outrun hostile ships and enforce any law that had to be enforced and some of these solutions have to be custom designed. And no matter the speed, range of threat posed by the whalers, or any other vessel, the future Advanced Capability Fleet (ACF) will deny illegal operations using a strategy that will be announced at a future date. It's been mentioned before as the Enhanced Distributed Persistent Anti-Whaling Area Control Strategy (EDP-AWACS).

Since the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society’s founding, we’ve always looked for ways to ‘overwhelm’ the whalers, as well as poachers on-shore – whether that was done at short range or from a standoff distance, and now as technology increases, new over the horizon capabilities will be used. Now we can continue to discuss these capabilities, and we will, however, we need to get them deployed as soon as possible so we are accelerating this effort and asking for your support to field these new technologies and capabilities.

We’re taking steps to raise the necessary funds to finish design, start model testing, and then begin construction for several vessels. It is extremely important that we can protect marine wildlife from illegal activities by Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing fleets, oil spills, fishing fleet swarms, whaling, increased marine plastics and debris, and other unforeseen events as well as performing our general mission (learn more about our mission to ensure wherever we fly, sail and operate – the poaching stops). The following list of vessels is capable in a variety of ways (so they will require their own page to provide detailed information).

The List Includes:

  • The M/V Aegis
  • The M/V Barracuda
  • The MOCC-USM (not the official name)

The following vessels that the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society is fundraising for will be highly capable. The most notable and most capable of them all will be the M/V Barracuda, the M/V Aegis, and the MOCC-USM (Maritime Operations Command Center Unmanned Systems Mothership). They have all been included in our vessel construction donation form’s fundraising goal (see the form below this press release). 

They are all capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots over a range of 1,000 nautical miles and one of these vessels can be optionally refueled from a helicopter when other patrol vessels are within range (reducing the need for port visits or close in ship-to-ship bunkering). We hope that new technology will reduce the use of fuel on board all patrol vessels.

The Aegis is the only platform at this moment that can operate for a full year at sea without refueling or needing to use fuel during her operations or environmental protection missions and her speed is far superior to the MOCC-USM and the Barracuda, reaching speeds in excess of 100 knots for interception and surprise intervention. The Aegis will help incorporate the technology on other marine conservation and anti-poaching vessels, like the Barracuda and the MOCC-USM by testing the zero fuel and endurance capabilities and how they will be adopted into these other designs – which we intend to construct. 

During the Aegis’s normal routine operations, in particular, the Aegis would not consume any fuel and would operate in eco-mode where it can remain in an action-ready state 365 days of the year roaming the world’s oceans – never using fuel for a 365 day period unless required, all while maximizing enforcement efforts and time on-station which leads to increased deterrence against illegal activities and where required, a heavily increased enforcement presence and intelligence gathering capacity. 

These are all vital to a healthy and protected ocean for decades to come. The crew on Aegis would need to be resupplied with food but other than that she could remain deployed and on station defending the world’s oceans beyond the capacity of any other environmental protection vessel in operation today.

The vessel’s naval architects are excited about the opportunity to be involved in such a project and breaking records for wildlife conservation. At the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society we’re pushing the boundaries and setting the stage for disrupting global poaching operations at sea. Our units will assist in stopping land-based poaching and illegal logging by patrolling and enforcing waterways and conservation laws where its platforms are able to operate and send additional resources, tools and enforcement teams ashore when required.

We’re raising funds for multiple patrol vessels to support a Distributed Anti-Poaching plan. These are new and extremely advanced and because they will be equipped with custom enforcement equipment, their overall cost will be in excess $100,000,000 for all of the equipment for the complete anti-poaching system. 

This is a huge feat, and we need your support to make our plans turn into action on the high seas for decades to come. Being a non-profit that focuses on the ocean we need our own tools to increase our scope and vision and reach more areas around the world.

To give you some context on the actual costs:

  • The Barracuda (pictured in the donation form below in all gray) will cost $35 million dollars to build. 
  • The Aegis Submarine will be built for around $50 million
  • The MOCC-USM will cost $10 million
  • Long Range Drones will cost about $800,000 for a fleet of four 
  • Construction of Mobile Sea Bases will cost around $5-10 million (using used ocean-going barges converted into a sea-based IMMCS facility to manage at sea rescue for wildlife and aid in intelligence gathering for enforcement activities and to provide support for campaigns at sea during extended duration patrols and engagements).
  • Funds will be allocated to developing a Harpoon Projectile Interceptor to defeat grenade tipped harpoons which will be equipped on both manned and unmanned patrol vessels, submarines, and interceptors (
  • Over The Horizon Long Range Anti-Poaching Vessels (OTH-LRAPV) will cost $1,500,000 (these small 17 meter interceptors can travel over 1,700 nautical miles) providing long-range capabilities and can be operated without human crew onboard.
All this would currently cost over 107,528,000 and is not all the capabilities being fundraised for under our Global Fisheries Enforcement program.
With Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd ending their direct action campaigns to save the whales from whaling operations, we’re now taking on the fight to defend the whales.

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