Sea Shepherd documenteert en onderneemt actie tegen illegale activiteiten op open zee

Sea Shepherd investigates and documents when laws to protect the world's oceans and marine wildlife are not enforced. We 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.


Direct Action op open zee

Despite our relatively small size and limited resources, Sea Shepherd’s campaigns have been effective because we use direct action to achieve results, instead of billboards, petitions or protest marches. Our ships, mainly crewed by passionate volunteers, have saved over 6000 whales from the Japanese harpoon ships in the dangerous Antarctic waters. We have stood up to seal hunters, hauled in miles of illegal fishing gear, and relentlessly chased one of the world’s most notorious poaching vessels for 110 days until they scuttled their own ship in defeat.


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Some of Sea Shepherd’s most successful campaigns were conducted in cooperation with international law enforcement agencies such as INTERPOL. We also regularly assist nations who are lacking the resources to defend their own coastal waters from IUU fishing, such as Liberia and Gabon in West Africa, and protecting marine sanctuaries from poachers in the Galapagos.


Beperkte middelen, wereldwijde impact

Unlike many other well-known international conservation groups, Sea Shepherd is a grassroots movement run almost entirely by dedicated, passionate volunteers, not a bureaucratic organization with corporate offices and a well-staffed fundraising department. In fact, Sea Shepherd Global has only a handful of paid staff, and our CEO - who started out as a volunteer cook on one of our ships – still answers his own email. That’s why we’re able to make such a global impact in marine conservation with just a fraction of the budget of other groups. Our loyal supporters know that we put all of our resources – time and money - into our direct action campaigns, not into billboards and fancy office stationary. Television may have made Sea Shepherd a household name, but we still walk our talk.

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