The Black Fish joins call to free Paul Watson

May 17, 2012, 16:25, by The Black Fish

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The Black Fish has joined the call on the German authorities to re-assess the extradition request by Costa Rica for activist Paul Watson, founder and president of the marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd. The request is in relation to a Sea Shepherd campaign in Costa Rica back in 2002 where Sea Shepherd successfully shut down an illegal shark fishing operation.

Paul Watson posing in front of a Japanese whaling factory ship

Paul Watson posing in front of a Japanese whaling factory ship

photo © by Barbara Veiga/Sea Shepherd

Co-founder of The Black Fish, Wietse van der Werf: "Just like many Sea Shepherd supports have done in recent days, we have written to both the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Germany, asking them to re-examine Mr. Watson's case and ensure that the German authorities will not implicate themselves with assisting the lucrative and illegal shark fin trade."

Join the call to free Paul Watson and ensure he can continue his vital marine protection work worldwide. For full details, see the Sea Shepherd website.

Further information on the Costa Rica shark finning situation: Pretoma | Costa Rican Conservation Network | Editorial: Shark Finning Continues In Costa Rica As Regulators Turn A Blind Eye | Costa Rica Shark Finning - British celebrity chef 'doused in petrol'. | Gang attacks Costa Rican environmentalist investigating illegal shark-finning claims

This is our original letter to the German Minister of Justice:

Our letter to the German Minister of Justice


Our letter to the German Minister of Justice