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Sea Shepherd Crew's New Target: Tuna Anglers in Libya

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If a few months from now, word comes down that Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson and/or members of his anti-whaling crew have been captured or killed by Libyan militants, there will likely be an entire chorus of people saying "Yeah, I saw that one coming."

That's because the Washington-based group is planning to venture off the coast of Libya to stop blue-fin tuna fishing.

Yes, that Libya.

Not that the activists' previous hobby of trailing Japanese whaling vessels through Antarctic waters and climbing aboard their ships was incredibly smart. But there wasn't a full-scale revolution and NATO airstrikes in Antarctica.

Regardless, that's the plan as reported by MSNBC.

Sea Shepherd will send two boats into the war zone -- the 190-foot Steve Irwin, named after the Australian conservationist, and the 115-foot Gojira -- said Paul Watson, founder of the group based in Friday Harbor, Wash.

Watson said he'll captain the larger boat, which has a helicopter and was recently repainted in blue/gray/black camouflage colors. The smaller, faster boat will act as a scout, looking for targets.

The boats will carry divers ready to cut the nets of fishing boats to free the tuna. Last year, Sea Shepherd cut the net of one boat in the area, freeing about 800 fish, Watson said.

The crews plan to set sail from Cannes, France, around June 1.

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