Sea Shepherd and our efforts to combat IUU Fishing
Oct 19, 2018 12:30 PM
Jeff Hansen - Sea Shepherd Australia
Sea Shepherd and our efforts to combat IUU Fishing

Jeff Hansen

Outlawed and blacklisted fishing vessels do untold damage to global fish stocks, food security and the smaller communities that rely on fishing. Modern day slavery, smuggling routes and blacklisted ships on the African coast and the seas of Timor Leste are in the sights of Sea Shepherd which works in concert with government to help find and seize the ships and stop the damage.

Jeff Hansen joined Sea Shepherd (SS) in 2006 as a ground support volunteer in the Perth and his passion for marine conservation was quickly noticed. 

Jeff was subsequently invited onboard the M/Y Steve Irwin during the 2007-2008 Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign called Operation Migaloo. His role as Quartermaster, saw Jeff make a strategic call which resulted in discovering the centrepiece of the whaling fleet, the Nissan Maru. Upon returning, Sea Shepherd’s leader Captain Paul Watson offered Jeff the position of Australian Director. During Operation Migaloo the direct action by SS spared 500 whales from the harpoon - around half the whalers’ quota.

The following year Jeff again served on board the M/Y Steve Irwin as Quartermaster during Operation Musashi where the crew survived a harrowing ordeal of being trapped in pack ice. Again, Jeff was instrumental in locating the Japanese whaling vessel the Keiko Maru. As a direct result of the crew, 308 whales were saved.

Jeff is a qualified Electronic and Computer Engineer. He was born in Melbourne, but now lives in Perth He and his wife are wildlife rehabilitation carers, caring for sick and injured Bobtail lizards. Jeff is also a proud dad of two young children, Abby and Beau.