‘Ocean Warriors’ Series Debuts on Animal Planet

by Kate Melges

December 1, 2016

Animal Planet’s new series “Ocean Warriors” aims to reveal the crime and violence that often go unpunished in international waters.

Rainbow Warrior in the Pacific Ocean

© Mark Smith / Greenpeace

Animal Planet’s new series “Ocean Warriors” aims to reveal the crime and violence that often go unpunished in international waters. “Ocean Warriors” features stories from the Greenpeace crew boarding tuna vessels in the Pacific Ocean and some of our investigations into human rights and labor abuses at sea.

In the summer of 2015, the Rainbow Warrior III set sail in New Zealand to tour the Pacific Ocean and shed light on the horrific ocean destruction caused by the out of the control tuna industry.

For 60 days, we saw first-hand what working conditions were like on vessels for the people that catch the tuna that end up on store shelves and in our pantry. Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, sea birds, and juvenile tuna perish needlessly on hooks and in nets each year — not to mention the illegal shark finning we discovered while on tour — and we went to sea to change that.

Check out this recap of our 2015 Change Tuna ship tour.

A yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) breaks the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

A yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) breaks the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

In episodes four and five of “Ocean Warriors,” you’ll see Greenpeace activists board a Taiwanese fishing vessel and find hundreds of illegal shark fins and you’ll hear from Greenpeace staff in Southeast Asia about the horrific treatment of workers at sea and what is being done to better the lives of these workers and hold the companies the exploit them accountable.

“Ocean Warriors” premieres Sunday, December 4 at 9pm eastern (8pm central) with back-to-back episodes. You can catch the episodes featuring Greenpeace on Deceber 11 and 18. Please tune in — I will be!

Kate Melges

By Kate Melges

Kate Melges is an oceans campaigner based in Seattle. She leads Greenpeace’s Ocean Plastics work. Kate’s focus is ending the flow of plastic pollution into the ocean.

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