About Sea Shepherd

The marine conservation movement Sea Shepherd is known throughout the world for its audacious, direct-action campaigns that get results. Instantly recognizable by the iconic Jolly Roger flag that instils fear in poachers and inspires passion in their supporters, Sea Shepherd gained worldwide fame in series such as Whale Wars and Ocean Warriors, and in film documentaries such as Cowspiracy, At the Edge of the World and Sharkwater.

Established in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson (a founding member of Greenpeace), Sea Shepherd is relentless in its mission to conserve, defend and protect the waters that provide a home to millions of unique and incredible species, and act as our planet’s lungs in tandem with the forests, providing us with over 50% of the oxygen we breathe.

‘If the oceans die, we die.’ – Captain Paul Watson

In its 40-year history, Sea Shepherd’s campaigns have taken it to every corner of the planet, from the harsh Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean to protect whales from the Japanese harpoon ships to the west coast of Africa where they work with local governments to stop illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. From the bloody massacre of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands to the destruction of sea turtle eggs and nests in Costa Rica and the clubbing of baby seals for their fur in Canada, Sea Shepherd’s dedicated volunteer crew fight to do what no one else is able – or willing – to do to stop the ecological destruction and slaughter. 

These brave, fearless and noble activities have won Sea Shepherd an ever-growing global audience making Sea Shepherd one of the most important and influential marine conservation movements in the world today. Even though “Neptune’s Navy” now has a fleet of nine ships and over 20 independent Sea Shepherd groups around the world operating together to achieve a common goal, they remain true to the ideals of grassroots activism, with only a handful of paid staff and over 100,000 volunteers.

But Sea Shepherd is no stranger to glitz and glamour. Its direct-intervention approach has won over the hearts of countless prominent A-List stars from Hollywood, high fashion and the music scene – many who also serve on the Sea Shepherd Board of Advisors – such as Pamela Anderson, Daryl Hannah, Brigitte Bardot, Vivienne Westwood, Pierce Brosnan, Aerosmith, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, Anthony Kiedis, Billy Corgan and Martin Sheen.

At the helm of this organization, Founder Captain Paul Watson remains a force majeure with a poet’s soul, receiving many awards for his lifetime dedication to marine conservation:

  • Jules Verne Award (2012), the second person after Captain Jacques Cousteau to be honoured with the award dedicated to environmentalists and adventurers.
  • Defence of Marine Life Award (2010) from the Asociación de Amigos del Museo de Anclas Philippe Cousteau in recognition of his defence of marine life.
  • Inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame (2002) for his outstanding contributions to animal liberation.
  • The George H. W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award (1999)
  • Named one of Time Magazine's Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century (2000)

Paul Watson"As a poet, I understand that poetry is expressed in many forms. Poetry is harmony, it is the crafting of ideas, emotions, truths and perceptions through the media of materials by pen, tools or brush using the materials that range from ink to paint to stone to precious metals.

Sea Shepherd is honoured to have the poet goldsmith Jasmine Alexander express the compassion, imagination and courage of Sea Shepherd volunteers through the permanence of gold, silver and stainless steel.

The way of the warrior has many paths. Jasmine Alexander transforms materials into inspiring  ideas that reflect the passion of our dedicated crew and in doing so she also strengthens our war chest to enable us to stop the poachers on the high seas.

It is one thing to create beauty but it is an even more extraordinary achievement when an artist creates beauty that helps to change the world for the better."

Captain Paul Watson


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