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Sea Shepherd

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Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd – protecting our oceans

Who We Are

Sea Shepherd is the world’s leading direct-action ocean conservation organisation. They are a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, they work to ensure their survival for future generations.

What to Expect

  • Sign up for the volunteer program
  • Donate to Sea Shepherds Direct Action Campaigns
  • Purchase merchandise and represent Sea Shepherd in your daily life. Products include: Clothing, Accessories, Bags, Flags, Classic Logo Gear, Stickers, Patches and Campaign Gear.
  • Leave a bequest to Sea Shepherd

Visit Us Because

Sea Shepherd could not exist without the generosity of its supporters and donors. Aside from donating financially, Sea Shepherd also needs help with its onshore activities, everything from helping to sell merchandise, run fundraising events and conduct beach cleanups, to spreading our message about the importance of defending and protecting our oceans.

Meet Captain Peter Hammarstedt at the Eco Expo

Born in Sweden, Peter 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, the Board 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.

In his fourteen years with Sea Shepherd, Peter has sailed the seven seas  from the foreboding Labrador Coast to the treacherous Antarctic Continent, using direct intervention to save as many lives as possible from illegal whaling, sealing and destructive fishing practices.  Peter believes that in their capacity to suffer, animals are our equals, and that when government fails in its responsibility to uphold the law, then it is the responsibility of compassionate people to fill the law enforcement vacuum.

Peter has crewed on nine consecutive Antarctic Whale Defense 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 refueling. 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.

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.

Sea Shepherd at the Eco Expo

Current Campaigns

Whale Defence

Whale Defence – The next step in fighting illegal whaling

Despite a global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986, Japan has been killing whales in the Southern Ocean in the name of “scientific research” since 1987. In 2008, the Federal Court of Australia deemed Japan’s whaling illegal, yet despite this, their whaling fleet headed south that year without any prosecution from the Australian Government.

Since Sea Shepherd embarked on its first whale defence campaign, over 6000 whales have been saved from Japan’s deadly harpoons.


Reef Defence

Reef Defence –  Sea Shepherd Australia has joined the Stop Adani Alliance in an effort to stop the proposed Carmichael coal mine from polluting one of the most-pristine marine environments on Earth: the Great Barrier Reef.

If the Adani coalmine goes ahead, it will significantly contribute to climate change, which is already responsible for killing half the coral in the Great Barrier Reef in well-documented bleaching events in the past two years. The Operation Reef Defence logo shows what we have and what we stand to lose should we allow Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and shipping terminal to go ahead.


Marine Debris

Marine Debris – An Australia-wide campaign to combat the growing tide of marine debris in the world’s oceans and waterways

Marine debris is choking our oceans, creating a devastating impact on marine ecosystems world-wide. Marine debris is harmful to marine life and can have catastrophic and often fatal results. It can cause injury or death through drowning, injury through entanglement and internal injuries, or starvation following ingestion. We can’t do this alone. Join Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris Campaign to protect and conserve our marine environment, preventing and removing the unprecedented amount of marine debris entering our oceans and waterways.


Apex HarmonyApex Harmony – Ending Australia’s senseless shark culls.

Sea Shepherd is working with the community to promote better solutions to preventing shark bite incidents. In early 2014, the Western Australian Government installed drum lines off the WA coastline to catch and kill large sharks. This misguided attempt to reduce the danger to people from shark bites attracted international condemnation. Sea Shepherd has thrown its support behind the community, providing RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) in WA and Queensland, along with crew members to monitor, document, and expose the flawed policies currently in place within three Australian states; WA, QLD and NSW.


Jeedara

Jeedara – Sea Shepherd is heading back to protect the Great Australian Bight.

Two years ago, Operation Jeedara showcased a truly remarkable place – one of Mother Nature’s greatest and grandest shows on Earth. As a result, both BP and Chevron have since pulled out of drilling for oil in the Bight. This time, we’ll take our cameras below the waves to reveal more secrets from this natural wonderland as Statoil and Santos now have their eyes on the Bight.

We’ll also explore and gather vital evidence to prove just how important Marine Park Sanctuaries are to the Bight.


Milagro

Milagro – Sea Shepherd’s campaign in defense of the highly endangered vaquita porpoise.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Milagro IV (Operation Miracle) will continue our conservation efforts for the endangered vaquita porpoise, a species on the brink of extinction. Our ships, the M/V John Paul Dejoria and M/V Farley Mowat will be patrolling and protecting the vaquita refuge to save this critically endangered marine mammal.

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