Industrial fishing, mainly illegal and unregulated, is killing our oceans. Scientists estimate that the biggest fish populations, like tuna and swordfish, are reduced by 90% since the pre-industrial era.
According to the NRDC, every year, more than 650.000 whales and dolphins die or get seriously hurt as net bycatch, as well as sea lions, turtles, and birds.
Taking action for our oceans
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is probably one of the world’s most passionate and powerful protectors of ocean life.
Established in 1977, by Captain Paul Watson, one of the original members of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and conserve all marine wildlife.
For over 40 years, they have grown from a small organization to a global movement of thousands of passionate volunteers from over 20 countries.
Working together on direct-action campaigns around the world, they aim to end the destruction of ecosystems, and slaughter of species, to ensure their survival for future generations.
They do what international authorities can’t…or won’t.
Crew members put themselves on the front lines to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
To protect endangered species, they have cut illegal nets, cleaned vital ecosystems, and shut down illegal operations in contentious waters in various collaborative campaigns with communities and governments, under international charters and declarations.
They never stop because they know the survival of our ocean is a constant challenge. It is an enduring commitment and a long-term solution.
“Here we are, destroying this incredibly intelligent, socially complex, wonderful being a sentient being, and for what? To make a weapon meant for the mass extermination of human beings. And that’s when it struck me: we are insane!”
With more than 30 ongoing missions to save turtles, baby seals, dolphins, whales, and sharks, expose salmon farms, combat plastic and chemical pollution and delivered humanitarian supplies, their fleet – Neptune’s Navy – is composed of 12 main ships and several smaller vessels.
Come meet him and discover more about this incredible organization. #SeaShepherd