Join this free seminar with Captain Peter Hammarstedt and learn about illegal fishing campaigns
Learn about the operations that Sea Shepard currently have in motion and how they are protecting the ocean! Join Peter Hammarstedt at the Brisbane Eco Expo.
About Peter Hammarstedt
Born in Sweden, Peter, 32, joined Sea Shepherd as soon as he was old enough to submit an application. He is the Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd Global, sits on the Board of Sea Shepherd Global, theBoard of Sea Shepherd Netherlands and is Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia. He heads Sea Shepherd’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) Taskforce for Africa.
Peter has crewed on nine consecutive Antarctic Whale Defence Campaigns and for the past five years, Peter has been captain of the M/Y Bob Barker. In 2013, the Bob Barker, under Peter’s command, was rammed on several occasions by the factory whaling ship Nisshin Maru when Sea Shepherd successfully prevented the whaler from refuelling. The campaign succeeded in preventing the slaughter of 932 endangered, threatened and protected whales. Peter was subsequently given the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award by the Bob Brown Foundation.
On Operation Icefish 2014/15, the Bob Barker, also under Peter’s command, set the world record for the longest pursuit of a poaching vessel at sea after chasing the Interpol-wanted F/V Thunder for 110 days before it sank in the Gulf of Guinea. Peter was selected as one of the 25 ‘toughest’ people by Esquire Magazine for his leadership role in Operation Icefish.
In 2016, Peter signed a historic accord with the Government of Gabon, resulting in a partnership where Sea Shepherd worked together with the Gabonese Navy and the Gabonese Fisheries Enforcement Agency to patrol Gabon’s sovereign waters to stop IUU fishing. Titled Operation Albacore, the campaign resulted in the arrest of 4 IUU fishing vessels. In a subsequent operation led by Peter in Liberia, 5 IUU fishing vessels were arrested.
Peter is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service, previously awarded to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dame Jane Goodall, Mrs Maneka Gandhi MP, Captain Paul Watson, Dr Jill Robinson, Dr Christine Townend, Dr Ian Gawler and Sri Pradeep Nath.