Fighting against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing

Saving African Marine Wildlife

Operation Gambian Coastal Defense

Combatting poachers in The Gambia

Turtle Defense Campaign in Cabo Verde

Fishing nets are killing sea turtles. Act now!

Operation Albacore IV

Gabon Fisheries Minister Joins Sea Shepherd Crew on the Bob Barker

Naptune's Navy

Protecting Our Oceans since 1977

Learn about our partnerships with seven African governments to stop illegal fishing.

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Ten trawlers were arrested in a covert nighttime sweeps along the coast of The Gambia.

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One of the largest turtle nesting beaches in the world is choked with abandoned fishing gear.

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Minister Biendi Maganga-Moussavou joined the Bob Barker crew for the last patrol of the season.

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An animated video about the role of Sea Shepherd's fleet in our marine conservation campaigns.

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Facts & Figures

Did You Know?

Facts & Figures

Did You Know?

Facts & Figures

Did You Know?

Facts & Figures

Did You Know?

Facts and figures

Simple truths

Humpback whales communicate with complex songs that can be as loud as the sound of a jet plane (around 150 decibels).

12-15 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, killing one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals.

Illegal fishing accounts for an estimated 11-26 million tons of the annual catch of fish globally.

If not for whaling, ship strikes, pollution and entanglement in fishing gear, some whales could live for over 200 years.

For every pound of trawled shrimp, up to six pounds of "bycatch” is also captured, including turtles and dolphins.

  • Sea Shepherd fights to defend, conserve and protect our oceans.

    We use direct action to defend marine wildlife and protect their habitat in the world’s oceans. Sea Shepherd’s conservation actions aim to safeguard the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced marine ecosystems.

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  • If the oceans die, we die.

    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.

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  • We do what international authorities can’t … or won’t.

    When existing laws to protect the world’s oceans and marine wildlife are not enforced, Sea Shepherd engages in direct action campaigns, patrolling the high seas and working with national authorities to tackle illegal fishing in sovereign waters.

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