The conservation issues that the organization focuses on include illegal fishing, factory whaling and seal hunting. So when Sea Shepherd members think they see these practices occurring, they will intervene. Sometimes, they employ methods such as ramming and even limpet mine usage to do so.
In 2016 Stokes was working on a major investigation for Sea Shepherd Global. The organization had seemingly discovered that large shipping companies, such as Maersk, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Australia Cargo, were carrying unusual cargos. And not only were the hauls out of the ordinary, but they were also of great interest to Sea Shepherd.
Moreover, the companies that were carrying the loads had previously declared an embargo on these exact items. But now Stokes suspected that some cunning people had managed to get around the ban. So after three months of gathering evidence, Stokes and his team went to find out what was going on.