International Marine Mammal Conservation Society

Operation Atlantic Shield

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The Whales Will Soon Have Advanced Capabilities Defending Them - At Range and Speed.

UPDATE: 9/4/2020

Norway’s whaling operations for 2020 have been highly deadly for the whales in the region, this, along with COVID-19 calls for additional changes to our campaign planning, legal approaches and crew member defense, as well as fundraising for new tools required to take decisive action against the whalers. Something the whalers will understand is no working harpoon and we’re positioned to deliver on new approaches that will cost the whalers while stopping their ability to fire off the harpoons and hunt whales. We’re looking to recruit former military for our next-generation anti-whaling campaign that will bring direct action to the harpoons, each vessel and their ports.

We’re proud to announce the official launch of our brand new whale defense campaign. The time to defend the whales is NOW. 

The anti-whaling community around the world has nearly lost the initiative in direct action enforcement and allowed our opponents, the whalers, to dictate the outcome on the high seas. We’re about to disrupt this.

In 1982 the IWC adopted a “moratorium” on commercial whaling. In 1986 the IWC banned commercial whaling worldwide.

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The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society is proud to announce our full campaign objectives for Operation Atlantic Shield – OAS. The time to defend whales IS NOW. The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society will be launching its newest anti-whaling and fisheries enforcement campaign starting in 2020-2021, depending on campaign funding and crewing positions filled.

The current (2013) IWC members are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (which also acts on behalf of the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, the Gambia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kiribati, Laos, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.

In this publication we read: “Norway only respected the IWC’s whaling ban until 1993. Using a loophole in the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Norway objected to the whaling moratorium, and resumed hunting for minke whales. Norway sets its own quota for the number of whales its whalers are permitted to kill for commercial reasons. This number has gone up and up, from being allowed to kill 671 minke whales in 2002 to more than 1,000 today. However, in recent years, less than half of this self-allocated catch limit has been taken. Norway is now hunting a higher proportion of breeding females which could put the long-term survival of minke whales in the North Atlantic in severe danger.”

The following tables (IWC & WDC) shows the list of commercial whale catches in the North-East Atlantic region under objection or under reservation since 1985.

Our Legal Rights To Prevent Whaling Activities, Based On The United Nations GA RES 37/7

Based on UN GA RES 37/7 World Charter for Nature (1982) section 21:

21. States and, to the extent they are able, other public authorities, international organizations, individuals, groups and corporations shall:
(a) Co-operate in the task of conserving nature through common activities and other relevant actions, including information exchange and consultations;
(b) Establish standards for products and other manufacturing processes that may have adverse effects on nature, as well as agreed methodologies for assessing these effects;
(c) Implement the applicable international legal provisions for the conservation of nature and the protection of the environment;
(d) Ensure that activities within their jurisdictions or control do not cause damage to the natural systems located within other States or in the areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction;
(e) Safeguard and conserve nature in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society is an international organization founded to preserve and protect marine habitats and wildlife through research, rescue, rehabilitation & release, education, advanced technology, and direct action. Our organization under these legal rights as a non-profit corporation or any other public authority has launched this campaign to put pressure on the applied countries to accept and to adhere to the articles on the internationally agreed World Charter for Nature and other legal agreements, international treaties, rulings, and court orders.

Due to the Nordic countries failure to accept and to follow the articles of the referenced Charter above, the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society (IMMCS) will help to stop Nordic whaling activities and to assist Nordic countries in coming to terms with and finally accepting and following said charter. In order to do so we will start in 2020-2021 a campaign named Operation Atlantic Shield – OAS.


Our units will directly defend the whales, and how you might ask? Our units will;

  • Protect the whales from the whalers unlawful operations by any and all means using direct action without knowingly or intentionally harming any person, and taking great care to get the whalers and pro-whaling supporters away from IMMCS’s intervention operations by engaging other assets (using decoy crew members), spreading the resources and manpower of poaching operators to disable their operations through coordinated and unpredictable direct action, inflicting high costs to the whalers to ensure their compliance.
  • Our units will take action even when whaling is not underway and to ensure whaling becomes a risky proposition for those involved. (The whalers continue to develop strategies that can attempt to keep anti-whaling actions at range. Overwhelming poachers assets on a united front undermines and eradicates their advantage by forcing the expenditure of resources.)
  • Locate and Document the harbor of whaling vessels and support infrastructure and assets.
  • Locate and Document any commercial activity of any kind with regard to whale production and transportation of any whale products.
  • Locate and Document any kind of camouflage of whaling crew and whaling vessels and their assets.
  • Locate and Document any kind of local – or state – authority support for the whalers and/or whale production companies/stores, markets, etc.
  • Locate and Document any kind of import/export of whale products and intervene against any operators shipping in international waters, and temporarily seize or even detain the vessel as a high seas citizens arrest against an observed illegal activity and have it taken with a countries officers to the nearest port/ agency for prosecution and investigation.
  • Locate and Engage illegal whaling and fishing vessels in port, at anchor, while under fire or while underway.
  • Ensure wherever we fly, sail and operate – the poaching stops.
  • To Deploy Camera and Live Stream Traps for Surveillance, Monitoring and Media Exposure of Whaling.
  • Deploy Early Warning Systems for units.
  • Document all IMMCS activities, interventions and non-sensitive communications for press.
  • Document whaling vessel information, their crew members (the clothing, type of phone they use, conversations between units and poachers, the vehicles or ships used, the times of said activity, the region, the type of weather, the port used, info on underway and non-underway status in addition to checking AIS reports and (cross-referencing with satellite imagery) to confirm a vessels position or determine if the vessel has gone “dark” and to locate patterns/ repeat areas of interest to the whalers, develop lists of potential persons for legal action, etc.
  • Establish a color-coded list of poaching vessels for intervention and monitoring program (against any whaling vessel in any country). Color codes will define the different threats they present, the actions IMMCS takes against operators with those threat colors and other identifying information essential to the core mission of anti-poaching and marine conservation.
  • Disable the harpoon gun, mount and other whaling support infrastructure using various methods.
  • Force whaling operators to stay at sea
  • Ensure there are 3-5 IMMCS officers to every 1 poacher observed before an action, plus an additional 2 units with their entire teams on standby.
  • Making the whale meat un-sellable and disrupting the transportation of whale products by recruiting IMMCS members for trucking duties and ensure refrigeration is off, resulting in truckloads of tainted whale.
  • Enforce a perimeter and Engage unlawful vessels when they enter a 2,000+ yard security zone around whales and IMMCS assets.
  • Leading the operational tasks of the mission to assure a 100% success rate in counter-whaling operations.

Force the expenditure of resources, especially grenade tipped harpoons. Units will take advantage of the whalers threats to defend their operations at all costs by using their own harpoon against our crew members as caught on video (Just to do it, according to the whalers).

By turning the whalers threats and defensive tactics into an effective counter-poaching tool, we can render threats and defensive tactics used by them as no longer operationally effective and rather a threat to their operations.


The strategic aims of the campaign are:

  • To force all Nordic countries to accept the IWC moratorium right now.
  • To force all Nordic countries to reduce the commercial/ or any future whale killing quota to zero (0).
  • Inflicting costs and mechanical damage of such magnitude that poachers are rendered incapable of further hostile actions and poaching operations.
  • Pressure must be put on various Fisheries Ministers due to the new quota decisions made worldwide. In 2014, for example, Elisabeth Aspaker, a Norwegian Fisheries Minister made this statement: “This year too, we have decided on a quota which guarantees continuity and a good framework for the whaling sector,” Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker said in a statement. Thus it is IMMCS’s duty to assure that whaling operations are not assured nor guaranteed.
  • To inform and educate the people of Nordic countries, wherever we can, to change their mind to put pressure on their country to stop whaling immediately and to take action whenever and wherever whaling assets or products may be found.
  • To put pressure on any company, which is involved in commercial activities using whale products.
  • To put direct pressure on those that hunt whales.
  • Our definition of pressure means: to stop them by blocking them, to stop them by educating them, to stop them by blaming them for their actions, to stop them by denying their whale catches, to stop them by disabling the harpoons and other equipment which aids the vessels operations and its continued violations of U.N regulations and other applicable laws.
  • To put pressure on and document any countries which are involved in business with Nordic whale products or transfer of endangered, threatened or protected species.
  • To disable/engage whale processing plants and markets across the region and increase operational costs of those entities which aid whale killing, production, transportation, pro whaling education and sale of whale products.
  • To hold maritime suppliers of (radars, electronics, fuel, dry-docks, etc) accountable and at risk of anti-whaling operations, legal action, protest, etc.
  • Such entities which supply the whalers are complicit in aiding whaling operations which are banned under international law since 1986.
  • To treat the processing facilities whalers use as part of the whalers operation and allow them and markets to be engaged by IMMCS units and commanders.
  • To target the whalers permits, licenses, etc and work to have them revoked.
  • To protest and obstruct the travel of whaling crew members, their poaching vessels, whale meat transportation vehicles and markets. Units will stop them by chaining the vessels propeller and rudder to the pier, other ships or even IMMCS crew, forcing the whalers to pay for costs of any damage to the piers and docks and further obstruct their operations.
  • To target and engage any other known, unknown and reasonable component (supplier or other) of whaling operations.

To have realistic goals that these aims and objectives become a reality, we have to set up a highly structured campaign that is highly unpredictable in nature as well as guarantees a zero quota over time which is our objective of the campaign and our number one priority, and above all else, the ships cannot be operational to commit crimes.

While this is only a small portion of the official document for public release, and the only part not classified, we can guarantee that we will return with much more capable operations. Our two year hiatus on operations was to develop a far more capable organizational internal structure as well as our new Distributed Persistent Anti-Whaling Area Control Strategy (DP-AWACS), among a variety of other programs and realignment efforts.

As both this campaign and our strategy will announce, we will be distributed and conduct anti-whaling area control operations otherwise known by the IMMCS acronym Atlantic Whaling Vessel Area Denial Operations (AWV-ADO) which are conducted by the Rapid Response Anti-Whaling and Acoustic Deterrent Detachment (RRAW-ADD).

Help Fund Our Whale Defense Campaign

The Norwegian Whaling Vessel 'Nystrand' Stopped From Killing Two Minke Whales After The Presence Of The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society's Sea Based Anti-Poaching Unit (SBAPU) in 2017. Image: © 2017 International Marine Mammal Conservation Society, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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