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If the oceans die, we die
“By stopping poachers and confiscating illegal fishing nets and gear, we work towards saving ocean, while ultimately saving the entire world for each animal for whom our actions are the difference between life and death.“ ~ Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd is a non-profit marine conservation organization that works to protect wildlife and the ocean from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction.
Their mission is to protect all marine life species, from the largest to the smallest, living in our oceans. They have defended whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins, turtles, fish, krill and even aquatic birds from poaching, unsustainable fishing, habitat destruction and exploitive captivity.
Sea Shepherd has been using direct action tactics to protect the delicately-balanced biodiversity of the seas and enforce international conservation laws since 1977.The founder of this organization is Captain Watson who parted ways as one of the founding members of Greenpeace. He established the precursor to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, called Earthforce Environmental Society, in Vancouver, Canada.
Sea Shepherd has encompassed the mandate of the United Nations World Charter for Nature to uphold international conservation laws when nations can’t or won't, from its earliest years. Today, Sea Shepherd works with law enforcement agencies such as INTERPOL to help bring poachers to justice and partners with national governments around the world to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their sovereign waters.
You can support them by either joining them, donating funds or supplies, or you can even just help them by buying their Sea Shepherd Merchandise.
Sea Shepherd is committed to the protection of all animals through a series of actions. One of them is the protection of the last vaquitas. In February 2015, Operation Milagro has begun.
Since then, there have been many campaigns aimed at saving the remaining 30 vaquitas from extinction. Vaquitas often end up as by-catch in nets set for totoaba, also an extinction-threatened fish species. Because the Mexican government has worked with Sea Shepherd from the beginning, together they have been able to remove over 1000 pieces of illegal fishing gear.
This is equal to 174 km of fishing gear or 3400 animals rescued alive.
Of course, this was not the only action. Between December 2014 and March 2016, Sea Shepherd launched a campaign in the Southern Ocean. On December 17, 2014, Sea Shepherd announced that the Bob Barker, a former whaling ship that worked for Sea Shepherd, had found the whaler ship Thunder and would follow it into harbor. On April 6, the captain of the Thunder sank his ship himself. Meanwhile, the Sam Simon, a former Japanese research ship, captured 72 kilometers of illegal nets. After being followed by the Sea Shepherd ship, the Indonesian Navy sank the last wildlife ship in March 2016.