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Sea Shepherd’s 25 Marine Conservation Campaigns in 2017

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018

Thanks to our generous supporters, passionate volunteers, and hard-working crew, in Sea Shepherd’s 40th year we conducted 25 direct-action marine conservation campaigns, more than all the campaigns from 1977-2000 combined! 

Operation Albacore crew on board the Bob Barker. Photo by Alejandra Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd Ambassador Anne Menden on the Baltic Sea Campaign. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
Undercover volunteers document the ongoing "grind" slaughter of cetaceans in the Faroe Islands. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd partners with East Timor authorities to expose a fleet of shark poachers on Operation Apex Harmony - Timor Leste. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
Volunteers watch over vulnerable sea turtle nesting beaches on Operation Jairo Med. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd documents the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Operation Nemesis. Photo by Glenn Lockitch/ Sea Shepherd.
Volunteers patrol the beaches of the French island of Mayotte to stop sea turtle poachers and clean up marine debris on Operation Nyamba. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd partnered with the Liberian Ministry of Defense to stop IUU Fishing in their waters. Photo by Melissa Romao/Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd volunteers patrol the Plemmirio Marine Reserve (Italy) day and night to stop poachers. Photo by Sea Shepherd
Former chief of the Italian Navy, Admiral Giuseppe de Giorgi, joins Sea Shepherd on Operation Albacore to stop IUU Fishing in Gabon. Photo by Sea Shepherd.
The crew of the Bob Barker rescue an injured sea turtle on Operation Albacore. Photo by Alejandre Gimeno/Sea Shepherd.

From the Antarctic and the Gulf of Guinea to the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of California, our worldwide fleet of eleven ships (and growing!) worked in partnership with local authorities to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, removed hundreds of kilometers of deadly fishing nets, and gathered evidence to help bring poachers to justice. Our on-shore campaigns protected endangered sea turtle nests, helped put an end to captive marine mammal breeding in France, and removed tons of dangerous marine debris from beaches around the world. Ongoing operations were conducted to stop the slaughter of dolphins in the Faroe Islands, shut down the salmon farms contaminating British Colombian waters, and put an end to the illegal transport of shark fins in Southeast Asia.

Click on the links below to learn more about each campaign:

1. Operation Nemesis: 11th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign

2. Operation Albacore: Campaign to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in Gabon

3. Operation Sola Stella: Campaign to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in Liberia

4. Operation Siracusa: Campaign to Stop Poachers in the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, Italy (On-Shore)

5. Operation Jairo Med: Turtle Defense Campaign in Italy (On-Shore and at Sea)

6. Operation Nyamba: Sea Turtle Defense Campaign in Mayotte, France (On-Shore)

7. Operation Apex Harmony - Timor Leste: IUU Fishing and Shark Defense Campaign in East Timor

8. Baltic Sea Campaign: Harbor Porpoise Defense in the Baltic Sea

9. Operation Pahu: Hector’s Dolphin Campaign in New Zealand

10. Operation Jeedara: Great Australian Bight Defense Campaign, Australia

11. Operation Humboldt: National Park Defense Campaign in Chile (On-Shore)

12. Lac Leman Campaign: Swan Protection Campaign in Switzerland’s Leman Lake (On-Shore)

13. Operation Mare Nostrum: Ghostnet Retrieval Campaign in the Mediterranean

14. Operation Bloody Fjords: Pilot Whale and Dolphin Defense Campaign in the Faroe Islands (On-Shore)

15. Operation Milagro: Vaquita Defense Campaign in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico (SSCS)

16. Operation Apex Harmony: Shark Defense Campaign, Australia (On-Shore)

17. Marine Debris: Worldwide Campaign to Reduce and Remove Marine Debris from the Oceans and Shores (On-Shore)

18. Operation Virus Hunter: Contaminated Fish Farm Campaign in British Columbia (SSCS)

19. Operation Ice Watch: Baby Seal Defense Campaign in Canada (On-Shore) (SSCS)

20. Galapagos: Ongoing Campaign to Protect the Galapagos Marine Reserve (SSCS)

21. Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean: Hurricane Relief Operation in the Caribbean (SSCS)

22. Operation Ghostnet: Ghost Net Retrieval Campaign in the Gulf of California, Mexico (SSCS)

23. Cuvier's Beaked Whales Research: Marine Wildlife Campaign around Guadalupe Island, Mexico (SSCS)

24. Operation Treasured Islands: Campaign to Protect Sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (SSCS)

25. Operation 404: Campaign to End Marine Mammal Captivity (On-Shore)

Watch the message from Sea Sepherd Global CEO Alex Cornelissen below, and help Sea Shepherd continue our mission to Defend, Conserve and Protect the oceans and marine wildlife in 2018 by making a donation today.

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