Actually they have changed tactics with some success. By teaming with government authorities, as in having them embarked, they have had great success in working against illegal, unreported fishing, a lot of it by Chinese boats. As in illegal drift netting in the Indian Ocean, unpermitted fishing off West Africa, outside quota system fishing boat near Antarctica, etc. in court.
Yes, it’s hard un-air conditioned work in the tropics, and some might say cult like devotion is required. I’m wary of that, but it seems to be people devoted to the marine environment mainly. It’s not of interest for me, but a dear friend has volunteered three times and with her license and seagoing experience, is paid.
I’m open minded about the new tactics of teaming with law enforcement. I’m not open minded about past piratical acts, and they should be avoided. Not a lot to add, but you might take a moment to visit their campaign web pages and see what’s up. It’s not all Whale Wars B.S.