A boat operated by environmental activists is steaming toward Libyan waters, hoping to stop illegal fishing for bluefin tuna.
Locky MacLean, first mate aboard the Steve Irwin, says the ship could enter Libyan waters Friday night. It left the Sicilian port of Syracuse early Friday.
Stocks of bluefin tuna have been depleted to the point where conservationists fear its collapse to unsustainable levels.
Nearly 40 activists from the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on board the ship, which is named after the Australian conservationist known as the Crocodile Hunter, who died in 2006. MacLean said if need be the Sea Shepherd volunteers will take direct action” by diving into the water and cutting nets to free the tuna.
Official Wire and AP