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Overfishing, poaching and environmental waste have destroyed marine populations and polluted our seas. International laws and agreements exist to protect our fragile marine ecosystems, but enforcement is lacking.

Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd

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Sea Shepherd investigates and documents when laws to protect the world's oceans and marine wildlife are not enforced. Sea Shepherd use innovative, direct actions to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas marine sanctuaries and in countries' sovereign waters through cooperative agreements with established law enforcement agencies.

Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson in Vancouver, Canada, with the mission to protect and conserve all marine wildlife. Incorporated in Oregon in 1981 as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, today the movement has independent entities in over 20 countries working together on direct-action campaigns around the world. In 2013 Sea Shepherd Global was established in Amsterdam to coordinate communications and logistics for the Sea Shepherd fleet on campaigns outside the United States.

Illegal Fishing Campaigns

Global is on the front lines in Africa, working with local authorities and regional partners to combat one of the biggest threats to marine wildlife today: illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Read more to learn about our direct-action campaigns.

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The Blue Realm | Real Wild Documentary A natural history series about amazing creatures of the sea. Utilizing superb High-Definition imagery, engaging stories, and leading marine scientists the series takes viewers on extraordinary journeys of...
A documentary about Sea Shepherd's Operation Albacore on board the M/V Bob Barker, working in partnership with the Gabonese military and government agencies to stop illegal fishing off the coast of West Africa
While attempting to re-track a factory ship, the Sea Shepherds make a startling discovery concerning a mysterious Japanese government ship that gives them their first glimpse of how Japanese whalers have been using their government's...
In this shark-filled adventure, Jonathan travels to the Bahamas to meet Neal Harvey, a world-renown shark handler who will attempt to teach Jonathan how to put Caribbean Reef sharks into a relaxed state known as tonic immobility! Read More:...
How Australia Impounded the World's Second-Largest Fishing Trawler - When Dutch super-trawler The Margiris was given the go-ahead to catch millions of dollars worth of fish in Australian waters, her owners didn't realise they were sailing...
For the last four years, our ships and crew have patrolled African waters in search of poachers. Now, after 35 arrests, we can safely say that our campaigns are helping save African marine wildlife. Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU)...
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All Known Species in One Place

Encyclopedia of Life's information on all the planet's 1.9 million known species is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. It aims to build one "infinitely expandable" page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, as well as text. Free to use and share.

Southern Historic Birth is Hope for White Rhinos

A historic and successful birth of a southern white rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park—the conservation organization’s first rhino born following hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination. The mother, Victoria, gave birth to a healthy male calf Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Loss of Northern White Rhinos

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya: Less than a century ago, hundreds of thousands of northern white rhinos roamed the landscape of Central Africa. The last male, known as Sudan, died in March 2018 at the age of 45. The two remaining white rhinos are females, Najin and Fatu.